Today is the 4th anniversary of the murder of Armando Rodriguez, the crime reporter for El Diario, shot in front of his house on Nov 13 2008.
La Red de Periodistas de Juárez denunció la falta de interés de las autoridades para esclarecer el asesinato del colega Armando Rodríguez Carreón.
A través de un comunicado de prensa la agrupación asegura que no hay ningún avance en las investigaciones en manos de las autoridades para saber quién y por qué lo mató.
“El presidente Felipe Calderón mintió abiertamente al señalar, en septiembre de 2010, que el caso estaba resuelto porque ya había un detenido. Dos años después de ese falso anuncio, el crimen no sólo sigue sin ser esclarecido –y el presunto sin recibir cargos por este hecho-, sino que la impunidad que lo rodea, tal como advertimos, fungió de corolario para la brutal ola de violencia que, como nunca, ha cobrado la vida de los periodistas mexicanos”, cita el comunicado.
“Para nosotros en Ciudad Juárez es claro: con la omisión a la hora de esclarecer el crimen de Armando Rodríguez y de todos los colegas que han sido asesinados, el Estado mexicano está enviando el criminal mensaje de que, en este país, cegar una vida y silenciar así la libertad de prensa y de expresión, no tiene absolutamente ninguna consecuencia”, sostiene.
“Los periodistas seguimos esperando la justicia. Pero no podemos aceptar ni la indiferencia ni el olvido”, refiere.
Finalmente, La Red de Periodistas de Juárez repudió la nula eficacia de las autoridades de procuración de justicia y reiteró su exigencia a los gobiernos, federal y estatal, y a sus fiscalías para que hagan justicia para el compañero Armando Rodríguez, reportero de El Diario de Juárez, asesinado el 13 de noviembre del 2008.
The Juarez Journalists Network denounced the lack of interest of the authorities to investigate the murder of colleague Armando Rodriguez Carreon.
Through a press release the group said that there is no progress in the investigations into the hands of the authorities to find out who killed him and why.
“President Felipe Calderon openly lied stating, in September 2010, the case was solved because there was already stopped. Two years after that false advertising, not only crime is still not clarified, and the charges alleged without receiving this fact, but the impunity that surrounds it, as warned, served a corollary to brutal wave of violence that, as ever, has claimed the lives of Mexican journalists, “the statement quoted.
“For us in Juarez is clear: with the failure to solve the crime when Armando Rodriguez and all the colleagues who have been killed, the Mexican government is sending the message that criminal in this country, a life blind and silence and freedom of the press and expression, has absolutely no consequence, “he says.
“Journalists are still waiting for justice. But we can not accept nor indifference nor forgotten,” refers.
Finally, The Network of Journalists condemned the null Juárez effectiveness of law enforcement authorities and reiterated its call on governments, federal and state, and their prosecutors to do justice to the partner Armando Rodriguez, a reporter for El Diario de Juarez , killed on November 13, 2008.
In the first 4 days of September, there were 17 murders–the Diario story says this rebound in murders has caused alarm amongst federal public security commanders, who met yesterday at the military garrison… These 17 deaths equal nearly half of all the murders that occurred in August (38). Also, 4 bodies were discovered in a tractor-trailer on the road between Juarez and Chihuahua. The trailer is reported to have originated in Juarez and it was hijacked at some point Tuesday night at Km 95 on the highway. This morning it was found abandoned with the bodies of 3 men and a woman in the vehicle.
El Diario reports today that August sets a record for the lowest number of murders in the past 5 years. There were 34 homicides and 4 bodies were found in hidden graves with no indication of exactly when they were killed. Though Diario says the total is 34, I will post 38, since the 4 hidden bodies won’t be counted otherwise. The article quotes authorities being very optimistic and Juarez is now seeing fewer murders than in US cities–specifically New Orleans and Chicago. This is no small accomplishment. Especially since New Orleans is a much smaller city–pop about 400,000. The article says that these cities often suffer 50+ homicides in a month. That has certainly been true recently in Chicago. Chicago has a population of nearly 3 million people–more than double Juarez. In Chicago this year, more than 300 people have been murdered and the city is projected to surpass last year’s total of 504. So far this year there have been 128 murders in New Orleans.
Several articles below on the recent upsurge in violence in Mexico. The LA Times reports on discrepancies in the numbers of homicides reported and not reported in recent weeks/months. A Reforma article from August 13 explicitly says that the government is “hiding the numbers.” This is one of the first articles I have seen in either the Mexican or US or international press that questions the government’s criteria for separating so-called “drug-related” or “organized crime related” homicides from the general tally of killings.
From the REFORMA piece ( I will try to post a complete translation later…):
“The lack of homicide investigations on the part of the state and federal authorities, the absence of coordination to determine which are linked to organized crime and which are pot, as well as a weak (feeble, flimsy) methodology, all are factors that obscure knowledge of the real number of homicides, say public security experts.”
“La falta de investigacion de los homicidios por parte de autoridades estatales y federales, la ausencia de coordinacion para determinar cuales estan vinculados al crimen organizado y cuales no, ademas de una metodologia endeble, son factores que impiden conocer la cifra real de ejecutados, opinan especialistas en seguridad publica. “
This is exactly the same point I have made many times on the Frontera List and most recently in this Phoenix New Times article.
Finally it is clearly stated in a major Mexican newspaper and it is beginning to be hinted at in the US press. Also, the LA Times piece is the only reference I have seen in the US press to the release of homicide data from state attorneys general reported last week in El Diario that revealed an actual homicide count of more than 83,000–MINUS any figures at all from 4 states and only counting through December 2011…. For that study, see here.
I have read and heard from Mexicans living in exile in the US much speculation that there will be an increase in violence as Calderon’s term comes to an end. The Proceso article makes this explicit. The person who sent the article to me points out the echo of what happened in Juarez from 2008-2011–that is–when the Mexican army, federal police and other security forces are deployed, the violence increases dramatically. I think that we are seeing evidence of this now in reports from Nuevo Leon, Durango, Veracruz and Mexico City. molly molloy
El problema no es el chapo, si ellos son los burros del salón. El problema son los que están atrás del chapo, empresarios, políticos, gobiernos.
El problema es el sistema.
“From 2006-2009 no record was found of any homicidios dolosos.” Chiapas appears only to have started counting in 2010.
INEGI data 2007-2010
101,203 + 5,189 = 106,392
For those who may have objected to my comments about the ludicrous Google tour of Juarez with the Federal Police, see this translation from Borderland Beat of a Proceso article by Denise Dresser… and also, Several POLICE are among the perpetrators in the rape and robbery attack on the church camp outside of Mexico City. I received a complaint yesterday from a person on the list [I asked permission to post the complaint but got no reply] saying that I was wrong to place all responsibility for the Juarez violence on the federal police…something I did not do. However, since the google piece opens with a breathless description of their fearless and skilled escorts–policia federal–I mentioned the PF in my commentary. I never said, nor do I believe, that the PF are the only killers…nor do I blame them for anything more than their share of the violence. As I’ve said in numerous postings on the list:
“…though the military sits at the pinnacle of the impunity pyramid in Mexico, it is one of many powerful groups that abduct, torture and kill Mexicans. Drug trafficking gangs kill. Street gangs kill. Municipal, state and federal police kill. And drug cartel operatives often kill from the inside of these security forces. As former Chihuahua governor, Jose Reyes Baeza, declared in March 2008,
“”All of the public security agencies are infiltrated—all of them, pure and simple…” The governor predicted a “return to normalcy” as soon as these agencies could be cleaned up. Five years on, more than 10,000 people in the city of Juárez alone are dead and so far this year, another 3.4 people are added to the tally each day.”
Note that it is the former Chihuahua governor stating that ALL of the agencies are corrupt…I’ve talked to so many people, both in Juarez and now living in exile in the US who have experienced or been witnesses to corruption and killing by the federal police, the army, the municipal and state police, that I find it the height of gullibility to assume that the federal police are the good guys–as the piece about the Google visit does. I think that the Google execs were probably invited to Juarez by powerful people who think it will give them some cachet… The Juarez press did not cover the Google visit hat happened two months ago, but Diario de El Paso did have an article about the Washington Post piece on their front page today: Surgió en Juárez sistema de denuncia vs narco de Google
The month of June ended with 49 murders, the lowest number since the first
months of 2008–the year that the epidemic of violence began in Juarez. On
10 separate days in June, no murders were recorded. The average number of
murders per day in June was less than two. For the first 6 months of 2012,
there have been 536 murders, an average of 2.9 per day for the year.
Various authorities offer there opinions about the reasons for the lower
number of homicides. For instance, the arrest and detention of more
dangerous criminals involved in extortion and kidnapping…also preventing
prisoners from helping to run gangs from inside the prisons… The Fiscal
also credited “cleansing” operations inside the municipal and state
police–getting rid of police who were actively helping to run the gangs…
A spokesman for an organization of lawyers said that the state and
municipal police may deserve some credit for lowering the rate of violence,
but not the federal police. He said that the violence started to gradually
decline as soon as the federal forces left the city…
A Google translation is posted below…
June, the month with the fewest murders in four years
The Journal | 30.06.2012 | 23:21
June 2012 closed with an account of 49 murders, which became the month with
fewer cases since the beginning of the escalation of violence in Juarez in
In February 2008 there were 49 executions and also in January of that year
there were 46.
In June 2012, also presented the highest number without violent days, the
documented 10 days in which there were no murders. The date was recorded
more deaths on Friday June 22, with five.
For the IA this reduction has primarily been with the police clearance and
actions taken to undermine the power of operation of kidnappers,
extortionists and car thieves.
On average, during the recently completed 30 days were 1.6 murders per day.
In June 2008 there were 4.7 homicides per day, 8.6 in the same month in
2009, 10.4 in 2010 and 4.9 in June 2011.
In the first six months of 2012 have committed 536 murders, whereas in the
same period in 2011 were committed thousand 114.
The 2011 data reported that in January there had been 222 homicides in
February 231 March 183 April 171 May 151 and June 156.
Official figures for 2012 indicate that this was made in January 118, to
February 81, March 105, were documented for April 108, May 74 and June 49.
Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, head of the Office of Investigation and Prosecution
of Crime, said that some time has diminished to one of the groups operating
in the city, which has led them to reduce their ability to generate
He said one of the factors that influenced this decline is to combat highly
dangerous inmates who kept advising groups operating in the streets of the
city to continue kidnapping, extorting and stealing cars.
Another factor were the reforms for much higher penalties. He said that
these penalties have the function as well as punish the offender, the
general social prevention for men that offended or who are considered
potential criminals continue to refrain from breaking the law.
He said the judiciary has contributed significantly in this fight to
expedite search warrants in a period no longer than 45 minutes, plus arrest
and detention cases of emergency.
He mentioned that they have secured more than eight thousand vehicles in
which they committed crimes of all kinds, have been arrested 500 kidnappers
and extortionists, secured more than 800 thousand weapons and arrested
individuals was important in the criminal structure.
However, one of the determining factors that undermined criminal groups was
haberles taken from the police who were working for them with the input of
sensitive information they received from the strategic operation against
him, he said.
The power of criminal groups is not based solely on the number of people,
weapons or vehicles, but on the protection and information they receive
from agents who have infiltrated the police forces, he said.
“Having done the clean that were made in the police, the tests of
reliability and control systems that are, were decisive,” he said.
Police said both the City and State were discharged on average 10 per cent
of operational strength, but about those who stayed imposing certain
controls preventing them from working with organized crime.
He said that needs to be done, because there are still extortion, murder
and other crimes that generate high impact mistrust in society.
But he said that in comparison with the figures recorded in 2008, 2009,
2010 and 2011, with these months of 2012, there is a substantial difference.
For the president of the Supervisory Board of the National Confederation of
Lawyers of Mexico, Salvador Urbina Quiroz, decreased the incidence of
homicide has been worn by one of the groups operating in the locality.
This is an important factor, while recognizing the work done by local
authorities, he said.
In this sense it is noteworthy that the recognition is for state and
municipal police, but not for federal, he said.
“Since the time that the federales left, the level of executions began to
decrease gradually in Juarez,” he said.
Urbina Quiroz for June is a historic month for Ciudad Juarez, because it
has a figure rarely seen since the beginning of the wave of violence in
However, it stressed that low can not be attributed entirely to the
authorities, said that if it were so, then also extortion and auto theft
with violence have registered record numbers.
“We must recognize that both the State and Municipal Police have arrested
people, it’s definitely good news, but with reservations. In five years is
the first time we have a number of deaths so low, “he said.
In May of this year there were 74 murders, including six women, two
children and two policemen. (Staff / The Journal)
Here are the articles on the lack of police in municipios in northern
Chihuahua. I posted more or less unedited google translations below…
(except that google translated CIPOL as “Man from UNCLE”… thought I would
share that in case anyone remembers that TV show from the 60s…)
In short, the articles go back over some of the incidents in the different
towns since 2008 when the Army first moved into the territory in force.
Many police have been killed, many have fled and the new forces have very
few untrained recruits and almost no weapons or equipment. The first
article gives a good idea of the geography of the region and the scope of
the problem…The final article from Milenio shows army troops poised to
move into the region before the elections. Based on the huge increase in
violence that began with the army incursions in 2008, these actions by the
governor and the Mexican army may not inspire much confidence.
Juarez surrounding municipalities without police
Luz del Carmen Sosa
The Journal | 23.06.2012 | 00:22
Four years after the mayors of the municipalities surrounding Juarez
exposed facing the worst crisis of insecurity, the situation worsened.
Organized crime disrupted the operation of the public safety of three, and
two have a poor corporation.
The most affected municipalities are Guadalupe, Praxedis G. Guerrero and
Ahumada, since their bodies were scattered police completely, while Janos
corporations and Ascension have very limited functions due to lack of
personnel and equipment.
The newspaper reports that the file calls for help were made since 2008,
when the mayors of these municipalities and their police chiefs presented
at a meeting convened by the State Government that the border between
Mexico and the United States was a secure area so deficient.
The security of the border by agents was hardly finished high school and
most were improvised, as few were instructed to exercise sufficient care
and preventive police, exposed the leaders.
Corporation Praxedis the women make
A radiograph of the five municipalities shows that after the onslaught of
organized crime, little has been done to give people greater security.
For example, the Municipal Public Security Bureau of Ascension, has only 25
items, divided into 12-hour shifts.
“In the morning shift are 12 elements and 13 at night. The working day is
12 hours, “said an officer interviewed yesterday afternoon.
He explained that the operating personnel to patrol on board out of five
This town is bordered on the north by the American state of New Mexico on
the east by Ahumada and Juarez, on the south Nuevo Casas Grandes and
Buenaventura on the west by Janos. It has an area of 11 thousand square
Janos Township is located in the northwest corner of Chihuahua, and
bordered on the south by the municipalities of Casas Grandes and Nuevo
Casas Grandes, Ascension to the east, west to Agua Prieta, Sonora, and
north of Hidalgo County American state of New Mexico. It covers an area of
6 000 930.50 square kilometers.
This area is monitored for 24 radiopatrulleros working in shifts of 12
hours and only have 4 patrols to move.
Township abuts the northwest Guadalupe Juarez, on the northeast by Praxedis
G. Guerrero-which is entirely surrounded by its territory, on the west by
Ahumada, and south with those of the Sotol Coyame and Ojinaga, across the
Rio Grande, and borders the County of El Paso, Hudspeth County, the Jeff
Davis County and Presidio County.
It covers an area of 6 000 200.50 square kilometers. Here the corporation
was completely disjointed from December 2010, when the agent Erika Gandara
Irma Archuleta was “lifted” and then murdered.
The 28-year officer was found dead on February 12, 2011 in the sewage canal
at the kilometer 60 of the Juárez-Porvenir highway in the municipality of
Praxedis G. Guerrero, said the Attorney General (EGF).
Erika was deprived of liberty by gunmen who broke into his home. Since then
the Directorate of Municipal Police found headless.
Praxedis entirely restricted to the municipality of Guadalupe and the
counties of El Paso and Hudspeth. Although the authorities claim that the
corporation operates normally, the staff is made up of women who have no
official arms and make crime prevention work.
In the municipality of Ahumada, launched the call to recruit police
personnel and is in the training process. For the time being watched by
only seven officers who have no weapons and have three patrols.
Although not border, adjacent to border communities and is used as a
crossing point for the smuggling of drugs, guns and stolen cars.
All municipalities have been referred to the loss of life in its entirety
and even executives, sets the file journalism.
Villa Ahumada care only 7 elements … unarmed
Luz del Carmen Sosa
El Diario / Submitted | 22.06.2012 | 00:15
Villa Ahumada-The people of Villa Ahumada are defenseless against a
possible onslaught of organized crime, said the Municipal Public Safety
Director, Mario Santiago.
With just seven policemen and unarmed possible, is to provide security to
just over 8 thousand people.
The latest attack against this corporation drug occurred in the last
municipal administration and led to the resignation of all the elements,
who fled the village after the murder of his immediate boss and two of his
The waiver of the 12 municipal police officers joined the chaos that
prevailed in the government headed by Fidel Chavez Molina, who had three
directors of Public Safety. The newspaper file states that the commander
Enrique Solis Martial, who was the first director of police, died in a car
accident two weeks after taking office.
He was replaced by Adrian Barron, who six months after taking office was
arrested on April 8, 2008 by the Mexican Army in a narcofuneral.
In May of that year, the last commander died in a clash between gunmen and
police. A command killed six people, including the police chief and two
officers who accompanied him.
“The military said the weapons and the corporation then practically
disappeared,” says Mario Santiago. The surveillance was put in charge of
the now defunct CIPOL and military personnel.
Support takes two hours, arriving in Juarez police
“Here we are virtually defenseless, the elements are functions of guards
and none of them carries a firearm”, he says.
To address the need to establish a police force as required by the Mexican
Constitution, the present city administration launched the call to restore
the Municipal Police. However, very few citizens answered the call.
The owner of the corporation states that managed to recruit 15 men, aged
between 20 and 35, which are currently on academic preparation at the C-4
of the city of Chihuahua.
“When they graduate the Attorney General’s Office will handle the
collective license with the Secretary of Defense, once they are certified
and registered hope that we allocate sufficient weapons element,” he
The corporation has three units, including two late-model, two cells and
radios. Nothing more.
With just seven guards, four ministerial police and prosecutor assigned to
the investigation of crimes, most of a family or minor offenses, Villa
Ahumada is practically at the mercy of criminal groups that are fighting
for this territory , which appears to favor its enormous illicit activities.
EGF in the north only appointed four police investigators and support if
required, must wait at least two hours in moving from Ciudad Juarez. That
happened last Tuesday, when the body of a young man was exposed to the sun
just over two hours at the point where he was killed.
: Land without law?
Dozens of breaches of the border municipalities of Praxedis G. Guerrero and
Guadalupe, adjacent to Villa Ahumada, which allows drug traffickers,
weapons and stolen cars evade military checkpoints installed at the
The same goes for the area of Puerto Palomas de Villa and the border port
Jeronimo-Santa Teresa, also with long dirt roads that connect with this
Villa Ahumada has been the scene of violent acts featured, as the
confrontation at the ranch El Vergel, which left 21 dead, or, a slaughter
recorded on another property with seven men victimized, including the
In this community are few and poorly trained police officers. Speaking of
the police coordinating the Public Safety Director, Mario Santiago, says
that when violent incidents occur as reported earlier on Tuesday in the
municipal cemetery, can hardly intervene.
Therefore limited to await the call of the competent authority in case you
need support. “If the prosecution asks us our support to cordon off the
crime scene, for example, that would be our share, nothing more,” abounds.
He hopes that in the coming months and have a formal and armed police.
Sedena and Chihuahua police forces are preparing for elections
STATES • 23 JUNE 2012 – 9:36 PM – JUAN JOSÉ GARCÍA AMARO, | CORREPONSAL
It will strengthen security operations, by the police forces and the army,
in the municipalities of Villa Ahumada and Meoqui, where in recent days has
picked up the climate of insecurity.
Photo: Juan Jose Garcia Amaro
Ciudad Juarez • All security institutions, with the support of the Army,
will be on high alert to ensure the safety of the population during the
elections held the first of July, said the governor of Chihuahua, Cesar
The governor said he has been developing several meetings with officials of
the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) for the purpose of coordinating
security operations to be implemented on Sunday in this entity.
“The IFE has already had meetings with us and we will continue to ensure
the safety of people who come to exercise their right, where Chihuahua is
in the best conditions for the process to develop in peace,” he said.
“I am convinced that we have a high civility Chihuahua and I am absolutely
clear that we will get a peace process, and above all, looking for that
once the process of harmony and agreement remains in force,” the president.
He emphasized that no one should be troubled process, “democracy can not go
anywhere near the violence, but that democracy must be accompanied by peace
and social harmony, for that is the democratic exercise to regulate the
healthy coexistence of society. “
In this context, he said that will strengthen security operations, by the
police forces and the army, in the municipalities of Villa Ahumada and
Meoqui, where in recent days has picked up the climate of insecurity.
Duarte Jaquez announced that met with the commander of the 5th Military
Zone, and Chief of Joint Operation Chihuahua, Emilio Landeros Zarate, to
review security strategy applied in this state to combat insecurity.