Juarez murders in 8 months surpass total for 2015

​By
Molly Molloy

El Diario reports today that in 8 months the death toll from homicide in Juarez has surpassed the total for all of 2015. So far there have been at least 313 homicides in 2016; the total in 2015 was 312. In just the past week, more than 22 people have been victims of homicide. Current city officials seem to be crediting the increasing homicides to the October change of government in Juarez and in the state of Chihuahua and are calling on incoming officials to get up to speed on security measures. For at least 2 weeks, operatives from SEDENA (the military) have been participating in security operations in Juarez. Among recent victims of the violence are businesspeople, pregnant women, customers at auto dealerships, fathers in company of their families and bus drivers. molly

En ocho meses superan ejecuciones todo 2015

Colombia…comparison w/ Mexican “drug war” deaths

​By
Molly Molloy

There is a lot of media coverage today of the long-awaited Colombian peace accords. The Colombian conflict is described as the longest violent conflict in the hemisphere–more than 52 years of fighting. I would recommend this publication from the Latin American Working Group (posted below) and also this LAWG document noting the deaths attributed to different combatants: government armed forces, right-wing paramilitaries and leftist guerrillas. See: http://www.lawg.org/storage/documents/Col_Costs_fnl.pdf
I was especially struck by this paragraph:
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The human costs of the conflict are devastating. More than 220,000 people —over 80 percent of whom were civilians— lost their lives in the brutal war. Over the course of the conflict, more than 6 million Colombians were forcibly displaced, more than 45,000 were disappeared, and countless women suffered sexual violence that often went unrecognized.

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I’ve also posted below the recent data on homicides in Mexico and I note that according to the government’s own statistics, more than 220,000 people have been murdered or disappeared in Mexico in LESS THAN 10 YEARS.

In any comparison of homicide or violent conflict between countries, comparative population must be considered.
Current estimate of Mexico’s population: 123,000,000
Current estimate of Colombia’s population: 48,000,000.
Mexico is 2.5 times bigger than than Colombia in terms of population.

Yet, more people have been killed in Mexico in less than 10 years (since the beginning of the "drug war" in late 2006) than in 52 years of the Colombian civil war.

Colombia Peace Accord Offers Opportunity for Sustainable Peace

View/Download this statement as a PDF.
[Para leer el comunicado en espanol, haga clic aquí.]

HOMICIDES IN MEXICO 2007-JULY 2016

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 20,010 17
2015 20,525 17
2016**(jan-july) 11,257
TOTAL 196,468

A TOTAL of 1,842 intentional homicides (homicidios dolosos) in July 2016;

11,257 so far, Jan-July 2016. This averaged to 53 homicides per day so far in 2016.

An average of 56 homicides PER DAY from January 2007-July 2016

If we add the estimate of approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government***, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is at least: 221,468

*Homicide totals 2007-2015 from INEGI: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2016/especiales/especiales2016_07_04.pdf

**Homicide totals 2016 from SESNSP:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/estadisticas%20del%20fuero%20comun/Cieisp2016_072016.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2016_062016.pdf

*** http://www.pgjdf.gob.mx/index.php/servicios/atencionvictimas/capea1

http://eleconomista.com.mx/sociedad/2015/06/04/hay-mexico-25398-personas-desaparecidas

Mexico murder numbers increase in first half of 2016

By Molly Molloy

Two excellent articles posted below from VICE on the rising murder rates in Mexico. The Interior ministry (SEGOB) has released mid-year crime statistics. See:http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2016_062016.pdf

Here is also a summary of the homicide statistics from 2007:

HOMICIDES IN MEXICO 2007-JUNE 2016

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 19,669 16
2015** 18,650 15
2016**(jan-june) 10,301
193,296

A TOTAL of 1,828 intentional homicides (homicidios dolosos) in June 2016;

10,301 so far, Jan-June 2016. This averaged to 57 homicides per day in the first half of 2016.

An average of 56 homicides PER DAY from January 2007-June 2016

If we add approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government***, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is at least: 218,296.

*Homicide totals 2007-2014 from INEGI: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2015/especiales/especiales2015_07_4.pdf

**Homicide totals 2015-2016 from SESNSP:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2015_122015.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/estadisticas%20del%20fuero%20comun/Cieisp2016_032016.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2016_062016.pdf

*** http://www.pgjdf.gob.mx/index.php/servicios/atencionvictimas/capea1

http://eleconomista.com.mx/sociedad/2015/06/04/hay-mexico-25398-personas-desaparecidas

Homicides decreased slightly during the first three years of Enrique Peña Nieto’s sexenio, but have increased significantly in the first half of 2016. The average # of homicides PER DAY still stands at about 56—the number for all 6 years of Calderon’s term.

Sexenio Homicides INEGI Homicides per day
Salinas 1989-1994 93,493* 43
Zedillo 1995-2000 80,311 36
Fox 2001-2006 60,162 27
Calderón 2007-2012 121,683 56

*INEGI homicide data for 1990-1994 plus SINAIS (Sistema Nacional de Informacion de Salud) for 1989.

https://news.vice.com/article/after-years-of-decline-mexicos-murder-rate-is-heading-back-to-peak-drug-war-levels

After years of decline, Mexico’s murder rate is heading back to peak drug war levels

https://news.vice.com/article/five-families-massacred-in-two-weeks-as-mexicos-murder-rate-surges

Five families massacred in two weeks as Mexico’s murder rate surges

Caro Quintero desde la clandestinidad: “Yo no maté a Enrique Camarena” PROCESO

By Molly Molloy

PROCESO magazine has just published an interview, from a secret hiding place, with Rafael Caro Quintero. There is an excerpt of video online and it will be released in full on Monday, according to the website… The article is by Anabel Hernandez… I’ve not read the whole interview (20+ pages) but Hernandez asks Caro to respond to the recent media reports from several army and police sources and by the Chihuahua attorney general, that he plans to take over the Ciudad Juarez plaza…. Here’s a quick translation:

Hernandez: Are you at war with the Sinaloa Cartel?

Caro Quintero: In the first place I don’t have problems with any cartel. I do not know the Beltran Leyva family and I have no problems with them. Nor with the Guzman family. If they have a problem, it is their problem. I respect the Beltrans and I respect the Guzman family also. I respect both families. I don’t know what was the motive for me to be mentioned in this way. I have no problem of this kind and more importantly, I have no reason to be involved in a war. I am struggling to resolve my own problems…Imagine, I was in prison for 29 years. Do you think I’m interested in more problems?

–¿Usted tiene una guerra contra el Cártel de Sinaloa?

–En primer lugar yo no tengo problemas con ningún cártel. No conozco a la familia Beltrán Leyva y no tengo ningún problema con ellos. Y con la familia Guzmán tampoco. Si ellos traen algún problema es de ellos, mis respetos tanto a los Beltrán como a la familia Guzmán, mis respetos para ambas familias, y no sé cuál fue el motivo, por qué me sacaron a mí ahí. Yo no estoy relacionado con ningún problema de esta índole y menos estoy involucrado en una guerra. Si ando batallando para arreglar mi problema… Imagínese, con casi 29 años que estuve preso, ¿tendría ganas de más problemas?

There is much more to the interview, including Caro Quintero’s assertion that he had nothing to do with the murder of Enrique Camarena… A selection of the article is at this link:

Caro Quintero desde la clandestinidad: “Yo no maté a Enrique Camarena

frontera-list Homicides in Mexico data from SESNSP Jan-May 2016

By Molly Molloy

Mexico’s SESNSP (Secretariado Ejecutivo de Seguridad Publica) has released national and state homicide statistics for May 2016. See:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/incidencia-delictiva/incidencia-delictiva-fuero-comun.php
And the pdf with detailed statistics on many different crimes: http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/estadisticas%20del%20fuero%20comun/Cieisp2016_052016.pdf
Also below is a good summary of the statistics on violent crome so far this year from Animal Politico–the major trend is that homicides are on the rise GENERALLY across the country, not just isolated in particular states or regions.

There were 1,746 homicidios dolosos (intentional homicides) nationally in Mexico during May 2016–an increase of 212 over the number of murders in April, continuing a general upward trend for every month this year (except for a small decrease between Mar & Apr).
Jan 1441
Feb 1479
Mar 1543
April 1534
May 1746

HOMICIDES IN MEXICO 2007-MAY 2016

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 19,669 16
2015** 18,650 15
2016**(jan-may) 7,743
190,738

An average of 55 homicides PER DAY from January 2007-May 2016

If we add approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government***, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is at least: 215,738.

*Homicide totals 2007-2014 from INEGI: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2015/especiales/especiales2015_07_4.pdf

**Homicide totals 2015-2016 from SESNSP:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2015_122015.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/estadisticas%20del%20fuero%20comun/Cieisp2016_032016.pdf

*** http://www.pgjdf.gob.mx/index.php/servicios/atencionvictimas/capea1

http://eleconomista.com.mx/sociedad/2015/06/04/hay-mexico-25398-personas-desaparecidas

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GO TO LINK FOR GRAPHICS

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2016/06/el-alza-en-homicidios-se-generaliza-en-mexico-ya-son-23-estados-con-incremento-de-asesinatos/

3 killed in Salvarcar; other violence in Juarez since Friday

​By
Molly Molloy

Several violent incidents resulting in homicides in Juarez this weekend. On Saturday, three people were shot to death in the patio of a house in the Colonia Salvarcar. It appears that the target of a group of armed men was a 35 year old man named Crispin Lopez who was said to be a drug pusher. He had recently been deported from the US. The other victims were Francisco and Guadalupe Chavez Miranda, aged 72 and 79. The house was reported to have operated as a "picadero" (a place where small amounts of drugs were sold and used by people in the neighborhood.

On Friday, the owner of a tire repair shop was shot to death while accompanied by his 2 daughters in the colonia Misiones del Real. A 7-yr-old girl was shot in the stomach and brought to the hospital while the other child escaped. Witnesses said the shooters appeared to be two young men, no older than 18.

Also on Friday, a decomposed body was found in the trunk of a car that had been impounded in a municipal lot.

The articles from El Diario are posted below… molly

Ejecutan a tres en Salvárcar

Staff/

El Diario | Domingo 10 Abril 2016 | 00:00:00 hrs

Staff/El Diario | Dos de los cuerpos quedaron en el patio de la vivienda

Ejecutan a hombre acompañado de 2 niñas; una está lesionada

Staff/

El Diario | Viernes 08 Abril 2016 | 20:56 hrs

Hallan ‘encajuelado’ en un corralón municipal

Staff

El Diario | Viernes 08 Abril 2016 | 14:50 hrs

Being A Journalist In Veracruz, Mexico, Is A Very Dangerous Profession…NPR

By Molly Molloy

Finally, clear, unequivocal mainstream reporting that the STATE POLICE in Mexico abduct and kill journalists in Veracruz. Audio at the link…

Being A Journalist In Veracruz, Mexico, Is A Very Dangerous Profession

April 4, 20165:04 AM ET

Drug traffickers and a repressive state government make Veracruz one of the deadliest places for journalists in Mexico. Most now shun hard-hitting reporting, but still risk abduction and murder.

Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge…GUARDIAN

By Molly Molloy. NOTE from the article: The scale of US financial support for Mexican immigration control is opaque. At least $100m has been spent or pledged for training, new equipment and canine teams, according to Congressional Research Service. There are no human rights conditions attached to this aid. Department of Defence aid is separate and unknown.The INM said it has “never received a peso” from the US.



Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge

31 homicides in March; 5 killed in multiple homicide and explosion on April 1; 97 murders in 2016

​By
Molly Molloy

During the month of March there were 28 homicides in the city of Juarez, 4 more murders in the towns of the Valle de Juarez and three bodies were found in clandestine graves–one in the city and 2 in the Valle. The article mentions that all of the murder victims in the city were men. In the article published in El Diario yesterday, the spokesman for the Fiscalia says these numbers are not yet finalized and he denied that there has been an increase in homicides in the city. He attributed the majority of the killings to "settling accounts" [ajustes] between organized crime groups. Also, that most of the killings can be attributed to "narcomenudeo" — the retail drug business in the city. Note: this is the usual official language used to present all of the murder victims as criminals and thus, of no importance.

No sooner had this summary article (posted below) at midnight on April 1, that a house exploded in the neighborhood of Arecas in the southeast area of Juarez. Inside the house were the bodies of 5 murder victims–3 women and 2 men ranging in age from 20 to 50. The victims hands and feet were bound and they were killed by knife blows to the neck and then the house was apparently blown up to destroy the evidence of the killings. As of the news in this morning’s paper, none of the victims have been identified. Anonymous neighbors said that the house had been rented by two men who went by the nicknames "El Cubano" and "El Guerito".

This multiple homicide broke a string of 4 days without a murder in the city.

Adding together the tallies for the city and the towns of the Valle, I have these figures so far for the year:

January — 37

February — 23 + 15 bodies found

March — 31 (28 in the city + 4 in the Valle) + 3 bodies found

April — 6 (the 5 bodies in Las Arecas + one other homicide on April 1.

A total of 97 homicides + 18 bodies found.

Cimbran masacre y explosión en Las Arecas

Staff/

El Diario | Sábado 02 Abril 2016 | 00:00:00 hrs

Cierra marzo con 28 homicidios

Staff/

El Diario | Viernes 01 Abril 2016 | 00:00:00 hrs

Mexican military acquits killers / information shutdown on Tlatlaya massacre…Guardian

By Molly Molloy

See also this report from EL PAIS:

La justicia militar libra de cargos a los militares acusados de la masacre de Tlatlaya

La justicia castrense absuelve a seis de los siete elementos implicados y condena a un año al séptimo, tiempo que ya ha cumplido. La justicia civil acusa del homicidio de ocho personas a tres soldados

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/30/mexico-soldiers-acquitted-killing-22-people-tlatlaya

Mexican soldiers charged with killing 22 people acquitted, rights group reveals

Decision not to convict six of seven soldiers in 2014 murder at Tlatlaya grain warehouse symbolizes country’s lack of military accountability, group said