Shuttered Coca-Cola Facility Highlights Mexico’s Broader Security Problems

August 14, 2014

08/12/14 By Nathaniel Parish Flannery. Forbes

Coca Cola BottlesOn July 30 Coca-Cola FEMSA, Latin America’s largest coke bottler shuttered a facility in the Pacific Mexican state of Guerrero, which is home to Acapulco, a city that recorded the country’s highest murder rate in 2013. On August 4 assailants stopped and burned four Coca-Cola trucks on roads near the town of Arcelia.

In 2013 Guerrero’s problems with crime attracted global attention after a group of citizen police patrols including one composed of all women emerged to enforce local law and order in different towns in the state. Overall, Guerrero is one of Mexico’s most problematic states in terms of violence and security. When I visited Acapulco last summer, it was then the most violent city in Mexico.

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Mexico launches probe after rebel group declares ‘war’

December 3, 2013

hands - fistAl Jazeera English, 12/3/2013

Mexico is probing the alleged creation of a rebel group in the troubled southern state of Guerrero that is calling on people to take up arms against the government, the office of Mexico’s Attorney General said Monday.

Hooded men carrying rifles and handguns went before reporters Sunday in an undisclosed location in Guerrero and announced the creation of a group they called the Revolutionary Armed Forces-People’s Liberation, Mexican media reported.

A statement issued by the group called President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government repressive, criticizing education reforms as well as a planned energy reform bill the group said would surrender Mexico’s oil wealth to foreigners.

“There is no day like today to declare war,” said a statement read by one of the supposed group’s leader. The alleged rebel group also accused the government of killing environmental activists, student and rural leaders and other community activists, and demanded the release of detained leaders of self-defense groups in Guerrero.

A spokesman for the Mexican attorney general’s office said a probe will be launched to confirm the group’s existence and to assess its size and reach.

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Peasant Leader Slain in Southern Mexico

November 12, 2013

guerreroThe Latin America Herald Tribune, 11/12/2013

Mexican police found a grassroots leader and his wife fatally shot inside their home in the southern state of Guerrero.

Neighbors of Luis Olivares Enriquez and Ana Lilia Gatica called police after hearing shots Sunday morning. The crime took place in Coyuca de Benitez, near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

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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.

Some Mexicans Evacuate as Hurricane Looms Offshore

October 22, 2013

hurricaneThe New York Times, 10/22/2013

Authorities moved hundreds of people from isolated mountain communities and low-lying shore areas as a strong Hurricane Raymond loomed off Mexico’s already storm-battered southern Pacific coast.

Guerrero state Gov. Angel Aguirre urged people to stay off the streets, roads and highways Tuesday because of potentially dangerous rains from the Category 3 storm that meandered offshore.

Mexico’s Female Vigilante Squads

October 7, 2013

The Daily Beast, 10/5/2013

protest -- stroke -- resistanceXaltianguis is in the Southern Mexican state of Guererro, a region home to illegal poppy and marijuana cultivation and plagued by violence. It is also located less than an hour away from Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. Like so many towns throughout Mexico, Xaltianguis—once a quiet farming town—has been at the mercy of organized crime for years, and by 2010 it had transformed into a mecca for murder, kidnapping and extortion. Yet this past summer, a group of ordinary women banded together for an extraordinary purpose: to make the town safer than it has been in years.

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After return to Mexico, she fights crime, runs afoul of law

September 26, 2013

prisonThe Los Angeles Times, 9/25/2013

Nestoria Salgado led a town rebellion against crooks in Guerrero state, only to land in federal prison after making an arrest that some say overstepped boundaries.

Today, Salgado sits in a Mexican penitentiary, far from her home and her people, accused of kidnapping and guilty, certainly, of having run afoul of a clash of cultures, politics and generations-old clan rivalries.

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