In case there are any doubts as to the continuing violence in different places in Mexico as summarized yesterday in Jim Creechan’s post, this was posted this morning in REFORMA… Yesterday, 12 people were killed in Nuevo Leon and so far this morning, 11 more people have been assassinated in the same region.
There were several “hot-spots” of violence in Mexico reported this weekend. I will try to send more info and a summary later. As far as I can tell, this last one is the most serious (30 dead) and I can find nothing in the English-language press on it… This one is also unique in the LACK of information provided.
Supposedly, the bodies were taken away from the scene by presumed members of criminal groups that participated in the confrontations, the sources added. Sources from the 22nd Military Zone reported that their troops went to the area after learning about reports of the shootout, but they did not find any bodies. They indicated that elements assigned to Tejupilco went to the zone and that some of the residents told them that they heard shots for some period of time; others said that they had seen bodies, reported the sources. Each criminal group could have taken the bodies away, the source added.
The first event, lasting a little more than an hour, took place in the community Caja de Agua, in the municipality of Luvianos, and in which presumed members of La Familia Michoacana and residents of the zone participated. Afterwards, a group opposed to the Knights Templar joined the confrontation. The battles then moved toward the Cerro de la Culebra in the same locality. Vehicles of both groups were left behind, destroyed by the impacts of high caliber ammunition that was exchanged during more than three hours. Until now, according to military reports, no persons were reported to be detained.
Elements of the Secretariat of Citizen Security and of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico arrived at the scene. Federal forces had already arrived in order to verify the events. At least 30 soldiers are patrolling the zone.
note the repeat of the 60,000 figure…realistic estimates posted on Frontera List, Reforma and LeMonde are in the 100,000-120,000 range; the Mexican government is no longer separating murders into “cartel-related” and other…
Would towns on the US side of the border be envious if jobs paid $500 per month? A $500 per month job (40 hours per week for 4 weeks comes to about $3 per hour… And actually, the Mexican work week is about 48 hours… So, less… Wages earned by workers on assembly lines in Juarez plants are “much less” as noted in the clip. Nowhere in the articles does the reporter ask, nor is any business leader quoted as saying how much less… Well, it is about $50 per week… or $200 per month… or for a 48 hour week about $1.00 per hour. I know for a fact that the workers in Juarez on factory assembly lines cannot afford to eat at the US fast-food chains mentioned elsewhere in the article...
Just who are the “They…” who “are able to keep violence at bay”? No mention of HOW they do it… Most likely they have come to an agreement to pay the extortion asked of them… Hundreds of small businesses have not been able to pay and their businesses have been burned and many business owners have been killed or run out of the city and/or the country. These deaths are chalked up in the “drug-related” tally… Yet, there is ample testimony that the extortionists in many cases are police and other law enforcement officers…
Still no mention of the INEGI numbers released last week and other releases of numbers from the PGR and other Mexican agencies and reported in the Mexican press and on the Frontera List recently. And in Le Monde. From following the Mexico news for many years (Frontera List existed back into the 1990s) I archived stories of the violence spiking in 2004-2005… Actually, the real hotspots at that time were in Nuevo Laredo and other cities in the eastern border region…as well as in Chihuahua and Michoacan as reported here. The full report mentioned in the LATimes article is available here.
Click here for an article from El Diario today that addresses this very point: while murder and other serious crime is down in Juarez and the rest of the “northern zone” of Chihuahua, it is on the rise in other parts of the state.
As I was driving home today and listening to the news about Todd Akin and “legitimate rape“…
The result of this, as pointed out by Molly, is that news media organizations have been reporting Mexico’s government figures without challenging the government, which means a reduction of the size of the impact on Mexican society. Instead of 50 or 60,000 drug-related killings, we should be talking about 100,000+. Think of Vietnam: 50,000 U.S. soldiers killed (and the impact on American society). Now, imagine double that size with a population half the size of the U.S. during Vietnam. Nobody in Mexico has remained untouched by this. And this is not the end yet… From Jose Luis Benavides
|INEGI total homicides reported Aug 2012*||INEGI total homicides reported July 2011+||SNSP|
|2012 (Jan-June estimate from SNSP)#||10,617|
|July-Dec est. @ 1770 per month||10,620|
|TOTAL 2007-2012 Calderon’s term||116,869||104,977 (estimate SNSP as per Reforma, Aug 15 2012 + July-Dec 2012 est.)&|
#As reported in Insight Crime 16 august 2012, http://www.insightcrime.org/insight-latest-news/item/3054-govt-to-release-data-on-crime-related-deaths-when-calderon-leaves-office
Yesterday, REFORMA reported that a spokesman for the federal government in Mexico stated that this administration will not release a new number of “homicides related to organized crime” before the end of Calderon’s sexenio. The main focus of the article is that this will not be done because the government cannot accurately determine the causes of the homicides. This is exactly what I have been saying consistently on this list and elsewhere for several years.
It’s like the domestic dispute next door that everyone is aware of but we all want to pretend its not happening. It really is strange.
New national database for homicides delayed
Agency Reform | 08.17.2012 | 22:24
Federal District-The new database that will store the numbers of intentional homicide and missing persons, which was negotiated by state attorneys and the Attorney General, has not been able to start walking.
The reasons for the delay of this new registration agreement over a year ago is that there is partial information, wrong or delay in delivering it.
An early start date for this database, set for May 12 was postponed and finally determined that as of June 15 would begin to flow data to concentrate on this record.
“The National Conference reaffirms its commitment to fulfill the mandate of the CNSP to establish databases nationally, for registration of intentional homicide and missing persons.
“For this, the law enforcement agencies are committed to providing complete records of these databases later than June 15 this year, expand, update and validate the respective information permanently,” said May 24 the entitled the PGR, Marisela Morales.
Federal District connection, Jaime Lopez-Aranda, head of the National Information Center of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), said that while the collection of information is substantial homicide, shall be at least one other months to complete the count. “The database of voluntary manslaughter is compiling the PGR will allow us to have more accurate data of victimology, for example, and not only the preliminary investigation, it secretes the victim’s age, sex of victim, location.
“We are really behind. Promised for June 15, I hope it comes out in September and October, because many entities provided information as we had to be delivered, then you should return it, “he said.
This new database and updated monthly to the SESNSP on its website will be the only references that citizens have about the violent murders occurred in the country.
Neither breaks down the number of executed by organized crime. (Agency Reform)
“I repeat, openly available to any public authority, state or federal, who legitimately require information from me, refusing to advance into the game leading to the biased remarks and notes that staff pursue the prestige and not the search for truth “he said. (Sandra Rodriguez Nieto / The Journal)