Thousands march in Acapulco over feared Mexican student massacre

October 20, 2014

10/17/14 Reuters

hands - fistThousands marched in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco on Friday to demand answers about the fate of 43 missing trainee teachers, who authorities fear were massacred by police in league with gang members. The students went missing in the southwestern state of Guerrero on Sept. 26 after clashing with police and masked men, with dozens of police being arrested in connection with a case that has sent shockwaves across Mexico.

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General Secretary of PAN Party Assassinated in Guerrero State, Mexico

September 29, 2014

09/28/14 TELESUR

panOn Sunday, a group of unknown people murdered Braulio Zaragoza Maganda, the general secretary of National Action Party, one of the three main political parties in Mexico. Zaragoza was in a restaurant in a hotel of Acapulco when three gunshots killed him at around 8.30 a.m., informed the Public Ministry, quoted by Mexican press agency Notimex. The general attorney will investigate the murder, added the statement. The national president of PAN, Gustavo Madero, also requested a deep investigation. “The atmosphere of insecurity and impunity experienced in Mexico” can not be tolerated, he stated.

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Mexico earthquake shakes Acapulco, surrounding area

April 21, 2014

acapulcoThe Christian Science Monitor, 4/18/14

A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in central and eastern parts of Mexico.

At least 127, mostly adobe homes were damaged in Guerrero. In the state capital Chilpancingo, a tower of the cathedral suffered cracks along with a few other public buildings, a spokesman for local emergency services said. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake’s epicenter was about 37 km (23 miles) north of the municipality of Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero, and it struck at the relatively shallow depth of about 24 km (15 miles). Lasting more than a minute, the quake was felt as far away as the states Puebla and Tlaxcala in central eastern Mexico.

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Drug War Continues But Most Of Mexico Is Safe For Travel And Business, Experts Say

November 26, 2013

Tourists still heading to Tulum and other destinations in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 11/25/2013

Tucked into a protected bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has in recent years become the poster child for how the country’s vicious drug war has turned a once idyllic tourist destination into a killing field.

Headless bodies, gang rapes of tourists and hours-long shootouts have driven even the hardiest of visitors away from the city’s famed beaches and high-rise hotels. Foreign visitors flying in have decreased from over 350,000 in 2006 to fewer than 61,000 in 2012 and the once popular spring break destination saw the number of U.S. college students visiting drop by 92 percent in the last three years.

While Acapulco – and border cities like Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa – have dominated the headlines for the gruesome drug violence, much of Mexico’s 761,606 square miles remain relatively safe for both tourists and business interests. Analysts and travel experts tend to agree that Mexico is both as dangerous and as safe as it ever has been; it just depends on where one travels.

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Mexico appears clear of storm that threatened Pacific coast

October 24, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The Washington Post, 10/23/2013

The Pacific coast of Mexico, still smarting from the battering it took from a tropical storm last month, appears to have dodged another assault as a powerful storm moved away from the coast early Wednesday.

Conagua, the Mexican water commission, announced that the storm, formerly known as Hurricane Raymond, had been reclassified as a tropical storm. It was about 155 miles southwest of the resort city of Zihuatanejo Wednesday morning, and was moving west-southwest away from the coast at a clip of about 8 mph.

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Tropical Storm Raymond maintaining its strength as it moves away from Mexico

October 24, 2013

Photo by Flickr user au_tiger01

The Washington Post, 10/24/2013

Tropical Storm Raymond is maintaining its strength as it moves away from Mexico’s Pacific coast.

At its peak, Raymond was a Category 3 hurricane that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast, a region devastated by a storm last month. But Raymond spun in place offshore for more than a day before heading out to sea Wednesday.

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Raymond Weakens to Tropical Storm Near Mexico

October 23, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The New York Times, 10/23/2013

Raymond weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday and began moving away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by storms last month.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) with additional weakening possible over the next few days. At its peak, the storm was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph (205 kph) that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast.

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