37 homicides in Juarez in January 2015

El Diario reports the statistics from the state fiscalia: There were 37 homicides in Juarez and the Valle de Juarez in January 2015. This is higher than January 2014 or 2013. Three of the victims were women, 8% of the total. The deaths of the women were determined to be related to “narcomenudeo”–the local retail drug trade. Details are provided for one incident that took place on January 2: Claudia Nohemí Figueroa Figueroa, 31, was presumed to be at a party in a hotel room where she worked as a prostitute. She was apparently surprised trying to steal some cocaine during the party, for which she was severely beaten and then strangled. Her body was then thrown out of a window and more than 3 hours passed during which her murderers destroyed the evidence and left the scene.

 

 

Murders And Disappearances In Juarez And The Valle De Juarez This Weekend

In the past couple of days there have been at least 4 murders in separate incidents in Juarez. Also, yesterday, 4 men were abducted in the Valle de Juarez. Also in today’s El Diario, anonymous residents in the Valle de Juarez report that many people have been killed or disappeared and that entire families are fleeing to the US. The links to these stories are below… And a brief note from Canal 44 on the abductions in the Valle de Juarez yesterday.  -molly

January 23-24

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_9d36006c/matan-con-arma-blanca-a-uno-en-la-colonia-vista-hermosa-/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-23_99edcc61/asesinan-a-hombre-en-la-colonia-la-cuesta/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-23_dc65ceb0/identifican-a-tres-de-7-asesinados-el-jueves/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-23_643fdb57/familiares-localizan-a-mujer-muerta-en-su-vivienda/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_7eb6c999/hallan-cuerpo-de-hombre-en-vivienda-de-la-canada/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_ad871969/denuncian-levanton-de-4-personas-en-el-valle/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_71283b39/denuncian-omision-de-informacion-en-caso-de-victimado-en-el-porvenir/

Calderon’s Design For US Immigration Policy

Calderon’s wisdom now available on the world stage…a little late to the game. This is precisely the phenomenon described by Roberto Saviano back in 2005: http://www.amazon.com/Gomorrah-Personal-Journey-International-Organized/dp/0312427794

And no mention of the fact that it was Calderon’s deployment of the military that spiked the violence to levels not seen before in many regions of his country…all with United States aid and approval… and so it continues under EPN https://twitter.com/search?q=%23eselestado&src=typd

Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don’t Want To Become US Citizens (IBTimes)

7 murders in Juarez Jan 22

Jan 23rd:

El Diario posted a note after 11pm with the 7th murder victim of the day. A man killed inside his mechanic shop.  I note that the “ejecutan” verb is coming back into the headlines… This term is used for those assumed to be killed in drug-gang-related disputes. It means that there will be no police investigation. – Molly

Ejecutan A Hombre Dentro De Su Taller Mecánico (El Diario) 

Sicarios Entran A Taller Mecánico Y Ejecutan Al Dueño (La Parada Digital)

Jan 22:

There were 2 more murders this afternoon in Juarez, bring the total for the day so far to 6.  The 5th victim was driving with his wife in the colonia Nuevo Hipodromo when his attackers chased the car and forced him out and shot him in front of his wife. Later, the body of another man was found inside an abandoned store in the El Barreal neighborhood. He had been tortured and wrapped in a blanket.

No one was apprehended in either incident.  molly

Tiran un encobijado en El Barreal (El Diario) 

Lo bajan de auto y lo asesinan frente a su esposa (El Diario) 

Four homicides were reported in Juarez before 8:00 am this morning. Three men were shot to death inside a house in Barrio Azul. Another man was found tied up and wrapped in a blanket inside his house in another neighborhood. – Molly

Hallan muerto a su compañero de trabajo (El Diario)

Asesinan a tres hombres en casa de la colonia Barrio Azul (El Diario)

Refutation That The Normalistas Were Incinerated At Cocula…

Thanks to Jim Creechan for these links to updates on the killings and disappearances of the 43 students. -Molly

Reports in La Jornada and a report from CENCOS:

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/12/12/politica/008n1pol

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2015/01/07/rechaza-sedena-informacion-sobre-cremacion-de-normalistas-7481.html

http://www.cencos.org/comunicacion/cientificos-desmienten-a-pgr

Academic Investigators have refuted the claim that the normalistas were incinerated at the Cocula garbage dump. They provided a detailed analysis of why this was physically impossible. Some independent (academic) investigators have suggested that the students might have been incinerated in army crematoria or in other private crematoria. The investigators have called for the army to allow inspectors onto the base to check. The army rejects both the “possibility” that this could have happened and “access to inspect”. In fact, a letter in today’s La Jornada from a general argues that the army does NOT HAVE incinerators capable of burning bodies. Sanjuana Martínez interviewed an academic at the centre of these claims (on Sunday) and he suggested that there had been threats made against those who opposed the “official version”. On Monday, an opinion column in La Jornada warned about the growing signs of “suppression” and threats against those who oppose the official version.

Both the Mexican press and the intellectual class of Mexico continue to be worried that the ultimate government response to the missing students and the public protests will be another DIRTY WAR. And I’m guessing that these fears are even greater today after the announcement the death of one of the iconic voices of free speech [ Julio Scherer Garcia (Proceso publisher)died early this morning–http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/julio-scherer-garcia-journalist-and-irritant-of-politicians-dies-at-88/2015/01/07/a50ebb82-96a0-11e4-8005-1924ede3e54a_story.html ].

429 homicides in Juarez in 2014…El Diario

El Diario reports a total of 429 homicides in Juarez in 2014–a decrease of 11.5 percent over 2013 when there were 485 murders in the city. Interestingly, a couple of days ago (Dec 28) El Diario reported that there had been a total of 447 murders in the Northern Zone of the state of Chihuahua. Both figures are from the state Fiscalia, so I’m assuming that the difference has to do with which municipalities are included in the count. The criminologists and sociologists interviewed by El Diario point out that the year saw several examples of domestic violence in which fathers or mothers killed their children and in some cases also committed suicide.
“Criminologist Oscar Maynez Grijalva said that the conditions in the border city, in addition to being next door to the country that consumes more drugs than any other in the world, also suffers from a lack of opportunities, a weak and corrupt justice system and thus the violence and murders remain high.

“Violence within the family he said, is a product of the crisis generated by many causes of stress and is a symptom of something happening, that society is failing to protect victims, especially children.”

Bajan Los Homicidios En 2014: Fueron 429 (El Diario)

Acribillan y matan a hombre en la colonia Manuel Valdés (El Diario)

 

“El Wicked” Accused Murderer Of Marisela Escobedo Dies In Prison

The accused killer of Juarez activist Marisela Escobedo (shot to death in front of the governor’s palace in Chihuahua on Dec 16 2010) is reported to have died of a heart attack in prison. Last year on the anniversary of the murder, Marisela’s family members were interviewed by phone from El Paso Texas where they are seeking political asylum in the US. On the 3rd anniversary of the murder of Marisela, they maintained that the person arrested for the crime was a scapegoat and that the real murderer of Marisela is Andy Barraza, the brother of Sergio Barraza who murdered Rubi–Marisela’s daughter–and who was released by the court in Juarez in 2010.  Sergio Barraza was reported killed in a confrontation with the Mexican army in 2012: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/11/22/confessed-killer-mexican-activist-daughter-dies-in-shootout/

Below is an article from Dec 2013 and from [Dec 31].

Also, an article in PROCESO (posted below) on Dec 17 2014 reports that the cases of the murders of Marisela Escobedo and of her daughter, Rubi, will be brought before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2015–charging the Mexican State with negligence and culpability in these cases.  It is hard not to view the death in prison of Marisela’s accused murderer on the last day of 2014 as (at least) an interesting coincidence.  -molly

Se cumplen 4 años del asesinato de la activista Marisela Escobedo (El Diario)

Murió ‘El Wicked’ de un infarto fulminante: Fiscalía (El Diario)

Detenidos por crimen de Marisela Escobedo, chivos expiatorios: familia de activista (La Jornada)

Llevarán caso Marisela Escobedo a la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (La Jornada)

 

Kidnapped Priest Found Dead In Southern Guerrero

A priest from the town of Ciudad Altamirano in southern Guerrero state was kidnapped several days ago and yesterday he was found dead from a gunshot to the head. People in the town staged protests after Father Gregorio López Gorostieta was abducted from the Catholic seminary in Altamirano on Dec 21.  The article notes that “these events took place despite the federal government deployment of a special operation in the area one month ago with the participation of the National Gendarmeria, the Navy, the Army and the Federal Police.”

An earlier report on the priest’s abduction is posted below from the AP. -Molly

Hallan Con Tiro De Gracia A Sacerdote Secuestrado (El Diario)

Mexicans Rally After a Priest Is Kidnapped (AP/New York Times)

Shootouts In The Valle De Juarez At Least 2 Dead

December 14, 2014

There was a confrontation [on Sunday] between armed groups lasting several hours […] in the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero in the Valle de Juarez.  The latest posting in El Diario was at about 4pm [on Sunday] and confirmed 2 people killed, 3 injured and several are reported disappeared.  One victim remained in a car at a checkpoint–his relatives were trying to take him to the hospital, but he died in the car.

Also below…it was reported in the morning paper that several members of the Archuleta family had fled their homes after three young men in the family were killed earlier this week.

Confirman 2 muertos y 3 heridos por enfrentamiento en Praxedis G. Guerrero (El Diario)

Reportan enfrentamientos en Praxedis G. Guerrero (El Diario)

Dos muertos por enfrentamientos en Praxedis G. Guerrero (El Diario)

Huyen de Guadalupe los familiares de los 3 ejecutados (El Diario)

December 15, 2014

More detailed account of the violence yesterday in the Valle de Juarez…The aggressions began about 3 weeks ago and people have been taken from their houses and disappeared. Some who return have been beaten or their bodies are dumped.

“Here there is no authority, we are less than nothing and mean nothing to anybody,” said a resident who has already lost a son to the violence in the Valle de Juarez.”No one, not one single authority came, no one has paid attention to this problem. We have been living with this for a year already and the people are more afraid than angry and for this reason, they do not denounce the situation to authorities. And it doesn’t do any good to complain anyway because there are no investigations.”

One of the complaints of the residents that exemplifies the official abandonment was the absence of medical services on Sunday. Not one medical institution was open and so those who were injured in the attacks had to rely on their own resources to get to Juarez. The family members of the injured people met the ambulances on the road. “Forced disappearances have returned, murders, many people are afraid and are fleeing.”

Consider this from the precis of Dawn Paley’s new book”… The communities in the Valle de Juarez have been extraordinarily violent since 2008 and the major state “law enforcement” presence in the area is the Mexican army… The Valle de Juarez is a gateway to cross-border development as well as bordering the western edge of new petroleum exploration and development in Texas, northern Chihuahua and Coahuila states in Mexico … molly

“This unprecedented book chronicles how terror is used against the population at large in cities and rural areas, generating panic and facilitating policy changes that benefit the international private sector, particularly extractive industries like petroleum and mining. This is what is really going on. This is drug war capitalism.”

Hora y media de balacera en Praxedis: al menos 2 muertos (El Diario)

5 murders yesterday in Juarez; total of 424 so far in 2014

There were at least 5 murders reported yesterday in Juarez–the three bodies left near the highway outside of Los Arenales in the Valle de Juarez and two more incidents. A man was killed early in the morning near the state offices of the Federal Attorney General (PGR) in Juarez. He was shot as he was getting into his car after leaving the bar El Museo located in the Pronaf tourist zone. The victim has not been officially identified. This crime occurred 5 days after a multiple homicide was reported at another Pronaf bar, 7 Pecados (7 Sins). Also yesterday, the body of a woman was found inside of a vehicle in the colonia Morelos II. It appeared that the body had been inside the car since Wednesday…

The article says that a total of 424 homicides have occurred so far in 2014. The total at the end of November was 401, so that would leave a count of 23 so far in the first 11 days of December. So far, 45 of the victims are women — almost exactly 10 percent. -Molly

Asesinan a hombre a unos metros de la PGR