More Lawlessness in Juarez: September '08

By Woodman · Sep 19, 2008 · Updated Sep 19, 2008 ·
  1. Woodman
    I thought it would be a good idea to chronicle the government-sanctioned brutality that is escalating in Juarez, Mexco, since US mainstream media has obviously decided to ignore it.


    Mexico to dismiss 400 corrupt police officials
    2 Sep 2008,

    Ciudad Juarez (Mexico): Some 400 corrupt police officers will be laid off in the violent northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez, officials have said, in a police purge to tackle escalating crime.

    Several hundred thousand Mexicans protested rising insecurity this weekend, amid a string of murders, beheadings and kidnappings, and after their leaders promised to clamp down on violence in a national security pact, including a police purge.

    Mexico's police are notoriously corrupt and often involved in kidnappings and organised crime.

    "Just over 400 police officers who failed a reliability test will be dismissed," said Jose Reyes, mayor of the city across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, that has registered almost 1,000 murders so far this year, out of some 3,000 nationwide.

    Another 10 police commanders would also be laid off, also for failing to pass reliability tests, said an official for the Chihuahua state government.

    The 400 police officers, representing one quarter of Ciudad Juarez's 1,600-strong force, underwent tests including for drugs, lying and previous offences. ...


    EL PASO - A deadly grenade attack described by some as an act of terrorism during 16 de Septiembre festivities in the city of Morelia, Mexico, has rattled border residents already dealing with a violent drug cartel war in Juárez.

    The unsolved bombing, described by some as an act of narco-terror, raised fears at a time when drug-related murders, kidnappings and other crimes are an everyday occurrence in Mexico.

    "It's sad. There is a lot of insecurity. You can't trust anybody, not the police," Juárez resident Claudia Gaytan, 37, said while shopping in El Paso with her daughters, ages 10 and 4.

    In the attack Monday night, the explosions of two fragmentation grenades killed seven people and wounded more than 100 among the crowd gathered for the traditional "Grito," or shout of freedom, in Morelia in the west-central state of Michoacan.

    "This is the first time that civilians have been targeted," said Irasema Coronado, an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso.

    Coronado said that in the past, bombings have occurred in Mexico, but they usually followed warnings and targeted government buildings or banks.

    ... Juárez resident Alicia Castor, 51, said that authorities were not doing enough to stop the crime wave and that residents could rely only on themselves for protection. "In Mexico," she said, "there is no law."

    Daniel Borunda may be reached at [email protected]


    Slain Marine reservist was shot before in Juárez

    EL PASO --The U.S Marine reservist shot and killed in Juárez last week had been shot in Juárez in August, his family confirmed Wednesday.
    Lance Cpl. Gustavo Zubia-Lopez, 20, was beaten, shot and killed on Sept. 10 after a minor collision with a Juárez police vehicle.
    The body of his cousin's husband, Victor Hugo Delgado of Juárez, was found alongside Zubia-Lopez.
    Mauricio Mauricio-Rodriguez, a Juárez police spokesman, declined to comment about the slayings, citing a pending investigation by the Mexican Federal Justice Department.
    Zubia-Lopez's sister, Tanya Zubia, said Zubia-Lopez was shot five times Aug. 1 after thieves attempted to steal his truck in Juárez.


    Red Cross gets radio threats in Mexico border city

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Red Cross workers stopped treating gunshot victims for several hours in a violent city across the border from Texas after receiving death threats over their radio frequencies, officials said Wednesday.

    Two voices were heard over Red Cross radios Tuesday night threatening to kill emergency workers who cared for gunshot victims in Ciudad Juarez, local Red Cross chief Jorge Diaz said.

    The Red Cross ordered its personnel to stop treating shooting victims while it decided on additional security measures, Diaz said. City government spokesman Jaime Torres said service resumed Wednesday afternoon, after police were sent to accompany ambulances.

    The first voice used a vulgar expression to threaten emergency workers and the second warned that Red Cross personnel "will fall one by one." The identities and motives of the speakers were unknown.

    Two months ago, the Red Cross was forced to restrict service in Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million that is home to the powerful Juarez drug cartel. The local Red Cross hospital stopped providing 24-hour emergency service after gunmen killed four people then being treated for gunshot wounds. Emergency service there now ends at 10 p.m.


    Mexicans fleeing drug war help El Paso house market
    Wed Sep 10, 2008

    By Ignacio Alvarado

    EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - Mexicans fleeing a gruesome drug war are buying homes across the border in El Paso, helping keep the Texan city's property market afloat despite the worst U.S. housing crisis in decades.

    With clashes between rival drug gangs leaving dead bodies on the streets of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez almost daily, hundreds of middle class Mexicans are selling up and moving to El Paso, just over the Rio Grande.

    The cities are a short walk apart, but there have been 12 homicides in El Paso this year compared to some 900 in Ciudad Juarez, where law and order has collapsed as Mexico's most wanted man Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman battles local drug baron Vicente Carrillo Fuentes for U.S. smuggling routes.

    The increase in the number of Mexican buyers has helped support El Paso's housing market. While foreclosures hit a record high across the United States between April and June, El Paso estate agents report brisk sales of houses and apartments in the $80,000 to $300,000 range and broadly steady prices.

    "Our market is not a plummeting market compared to the rest of the country," said Dan Olivas, president of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors.

    "A lot of that is buoyed by a substantial number of people from Juarez coming over to buy properties for security reasons, for fear of kidnappings, extortion, cartel violence," he said.

    Already notorious for a spate of brutal murders of young women in the 1990s, Ciudad Juarez has become Mexico's most violent city in a drug war that has killed some 2,700 people nationwide so far this year. Some 3,000 troops were sent to the city of 1.5 million but they have failed to stop the chaos. ...



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