El Diario reports that 6 people were murdered in Juarez yesterday in the space of 4 hours in the afternoon and evening. The killings took place in different neighborhoods and the police have not reported any arrests of persons responsible.
Also below, yesterday, El Diario reported that there had been a total of 138 homicides in 2019. There were 109 in January, so with the 6 people killed yesterday, the current homicide toll for February is about 35 victims in 11 days; a total of about 144 in 2019–an average of about 3.4 people per day.
In yesterday’s article, the spokesperson for the Fiscalia commented on the changing tactics of the killers (sicarios) over the 11 years of hyperviolence that began in 2008. He said that in earlier years, the killers tended to drive large luxury vehicles and primarily used AK-47 rifles. Now, the majority of the perpetrators drive smaller vehicles (usually stolen) and use 9mm pistols and fewer rifles. Though, the long weapons involved in recent killings are known to be restricted to the military. The spokesman said the majority of the weapons come from the US. No evidence for this is provided. molly molloy
La racha de homicidios inició minutos después de las 5:00 de la tarde al ser reportada la ejecución de hombre
El Diario de Juárez
Martes, 12 Febrero 2019 | 06:00
Ciudad Juárez- Seis hombres fueron ejecutados ayer durante la tarde y noche –en un lapso de cuatro horas– en diferentes colonias y fraccionamientos de la ciudad, sin que la Policía reportara la detención de los responsables.
La racha de homicidios inició minutos después de las 5:00 de la tarde al ser reportada la ejecución de hombre, aparentemente chofer de Uber, en las calles Tepehuanes y Emilia Pérez Payan de la colonia Independencia.
Dejan autos de lujo y ‘cuernos de chivo’ por vehículos robados y armas de uso exclusivo del Ejército
Lunes, 11 Febrero 2019 | 06:00
Ciudad Juárez— Hombres jóvenes, con armas de uso exclusivo del Ejército, a bordo de vehículos recién robados o con placas rojas, son los principales sicarios de Ciudad Juárez, según datos de la Fiscalía General del Estado en la Zona Norte (FGE).
Aproximadamente, el 80 por ciento de los homicidios que se cometen en esta frontera son entre pandillas criminales, que utilizan en su mayoría “armas calibre 9 mm, y también armas largas pero es muy poco”, dijo su vocero, Alejandro Ruvalcaba.
Pero después de 11 años de enfrentamientos entre los grupos del crimen organizado, y más de 15 mil víctimas, la forma de matar en esta ciudad ha cambiado.
I heard the author of this piece (posted below), Christy Thornton, on Democracy Now today. She presents an original and incisive analysis, both in her essay and in the Democracy Now interview… For so long, I have cringed at the coverage of Mexico’s human rights catastrophe presented as a drug war telenovela. So much popular journalism presents this disaster that has cost the lives of at least 300,000 people, as a series of gory and funny anecdotes that depict the violence in Mexico as the product of “kingpins” and their entitled “juniors” who behave as evil clowns and spoiled rich kids. This story should not be about the perpetrators, but about the hundreds of thousands of victims who are criminalized at the moment of their deaths. A lot of the mainstream coverage of these tales gets converted into the fictions of novels, movies, TV series’ that now @realdonaldtrump spews back at us as his warped reality… https://www.vox.com/2019/1/27/18198729/women-duct-tape-trump-truck-border And: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/17/trumps-stories-taped-up-women-smuggled-into-us-are-divorced-reality-experts-say/?utm_term=.ee992d8b604d
El Chapo’s trial continues this week, brimming with sordid tales of kingpins and cartels. But what the media spectacle can’t justify is a failing “war on drugs” that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Over the first three days of February there were 15 homicides in Juarez. Added to the total for January of 108, there have now been 123 people murdered in the city in 2019. The dead include 4 bodies exhumed from a clandestine burial on Saturday along the Casa Grandes highway during a police search of the desert area. molly molloy
Fueron encontrados en una fosa clandestina durante un rastreo
El Diario de Juárez
Lunes, 04 Febrero 2019 | 06:00
Ciudad Juárez— Elementos de la Fiscalía Zona Norte localizaron cuatro cadáveres en una fosa clandestina cerca de la carretera a Casas Grandes durante un rastreo efectuado el pasado sábado, informó la dependencia.
in which “John Galton” makes this deathly false assumption about the relative dangers of violence in Chicago and Acapulco…
A participant in last year’s events mourned Galton’s death — suggesting that he had been targeted by cartels because he was competing with them — but said he was not afraid to return to the resort town in the state of Guerrero, which had a homicide rate in 2017 of 64.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than twice that of Chicago.
“You gotta have common sense about it, but I’d say it’s safer than any big city I’ve lived in in the U.S., like way safer than Chicago or something like that,” Galton said in the March 2017 interview, titled “John and Lily on the Run.”
Never a dull moment. This news came out last night. I listened to Trump’s interview on CBS NEWS “Face the Nation” yesterday and he blamed Pelosi for careless spending and for somehow fomenting the ruination of the US because of the “invasion” of people across the border… He also spoke again of all the traffickers and women, though I don’t recall any mention of tape… At least for now, the large groups of Central Americans who arrive in southern New Mexico immediately turn themselves in to the Border Patrol, and many are in need of medical care.
See (and listen) below a report on medical care for people crossing in rural areas of New Mexico from Mallory Falk at KRWG.
This forces us to ask: how much medical care for residents AND immigrants could be provided in rural areas of the border for the amount of tax-dollars spent on razor wire, wall, and troops? molly molloy
A growing number of asylum seekers are crossing the border in the remote, southwest corner of New Mexico known as the Bootheel. Some need medical attention, and regional hospitals and clinics are tasked with taking on their care.
Medical services are hard to come by in the Bootheel, where migrants often arrive in need of care.
ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – Half a dozen children gazed up at the camera, their eyes wide beneath hats and hoodies, hands buried in their pockets or nuzzled in the necks of their mothers. Floodlights illuminated some faces and left others in darkness.
It was after midnight in New Mexico’s remote Bootheel region, and with the temperature hovering near freezing, a Border Patrol agent snapped the photo. Nearly 150 miles away, the tiny emergency room of the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City – the nearest 24-hour hospital – was on notice. Some of the children would need medical care for illness, others for injury.
Are there any proposals in Congress to reform the excessive cruelty of immigration detention in the USA? This is not new. My own experience with these systems goes back to the mid-1980s and Oakdale Federal Detention Center in Louisiana … We must reiterate whenever we can: the vast majority of immigration detainees have committed NO CRIME. Many long-term (two years or more) detainees have presented themselves at ports of entry and asked for asylum (a right under US and international law), so they are not even guilty of entering the US illegally. So, this cruel treatment of prolonged detention, solitary confinement, and the attempt by detainees to resist by refusing food, and then to be subjected to force-feeding…an action that has been equated to torture at Guantanamo and other sites associated with the “war on terror…” People who are refugees are now experiencing this torture at immigration detention centers… right here in our communities. And the congressional bargaining over border security is most certainly going to consider adding thousands more “detention beds” … perhaps as some sort of exchange for less “wall…” This is not a legitimate bargain. The privately-run, tax-payer funded, cruel and unusual detention of people seeking asylum in the US should never be expanded and it needs to be abolished.
Kudos to these AP reporters for revealing the conditions inside the El Paso detention center… What can be done? molly molloy
Associated Press: ICE force-feeding detainees on hunger strike
By GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA today
Immigrants have gone on hunger strikes over the past month to protest conditions inside detention facilities, prompting officials to force-feed six of them through plastic nasal tubes at a Texas location, The Associated Press has learned.
The Washington Post reports today that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to implement its “Remain in Mexico” (or, as officially known by its Orwellian name, Migrant Protection Protocols) at the El Paso/Juárez border crossing. Under this policy now in effect at the San Diego/San Ysidro border crossing, people who have passed a credible fear interview are being returned to violent border cities to wait indefinitely for a hearing in immigration court in the United States, with no procedures in place for how asylum seekers will meet with U.S. immigration lawyers, or how they will survive in a dangerous foreign country where human traffickers and violent gangs flourish on extortion, kidnapping, and street-level drug dealing.
There were 109 homicides in Juárez in January 2019, according to the statistics compiled by the Fiscalia of the state of Chihuahua for the Northern Zone. In January 2018, there were 70 homicides, so this is a 55.7 percent increase from the beginning of last year. Last month, December 2018, ended with 100 homicides.
According to the report, victims in January 2019 included 94 men, 11 women, and 4 children (one girl and 3 boys)…
The lead prosecutor, Jorge Nava Lopez said that most (75 percent) of the homicides occurred in the southeastern area of the city where conflicts between the Artistas Asesinos and Mexicles gangs generate the violence. The most violent day was January 28, when 9 people were killed in different areas of the city. molly molloy
El mes de enero terminó con 109 homicidios dolosos, de acuerdo con cifras de la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) en la Zona Norte.
La estadística indica que respecto al mismo mes del año pasado, ese delito se incrementó en un 55.7 por ciento, al registrarse entonces 70 asesinatos.
El recuento de víctimas de enero de 2019 es de 94 hombres y 11 mujeres, así como cuatro menores de edad, entre ellos una niña de 5 años apuñalada en su casa del fraccionamiento Sierra Vista Sur el pasado día 16, junto con su hermano de 11 años.
De los homicidios, 62 fueron con arma de fuego
En enero de 2019 la Fiscalía registró cuatro menores de edad asesinados, 94 hombres y cuatro mujeres.
De los 109 homicidios cometidos en el mes que acaba de terminar, 62 fueron con arma de fuego, 11 con arma blanca y cinco a golpes.
La autoridad ministerial tomó conocimiento de dos cuerpos decapitados, cuatro asesinatos mediante la asfixia y dos calcinados, así como el hallazgo de una cabeza humana.
De acuerdo con el fiscal en la Zona Norte, Jorge Nava López, un 75 por ciento de los crímenes de este tipo ocurrió en el sector suroriente de la ciudad, donde el detonante habría sido una disputa territorial por dos grupos de la delincuencia organizada.
En esa zona están ubicadas las pandillas “Artistas Asesinos” y “Mexicles”, según identifica la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal en detenciones.
Servicios Periciales de la FGE levantó de la vía pública los cadáveres de 13 personas envueltos en cobijas, se informó oficialmente. Otros cuatro cuerpos se localizaron maniatados.
El lunes 28 fue el día más violento de enero, cuando en se registraron nueve homicidios dolosos en diferentes partes de la ciudad, de acuerdo con el seguimiento oficial. (Staff / El Diario)