Mexico: Self-Defense Militia Boss Cleared of Weapons Charges

07/18/18 The New York Times

mireles.jpgThe lawyer for a self-defense movement leader in Mexico is hailing his client’s acquittal on charges of illegal weapons possession.

Attorney Ignacio Mendoza says the court ruling in favor of Jose Manuel Mireles is confirmation that the government acted irresponsibly.

Mendoza said Wednesday that the government acted “without shame” when it gave weapons to self-defense militias and then arrested them.

Mireles is a founder and leader of a civilian militia that formed in 2013 in the western state of Michoacan to oppose the Knights Templar drug cartel.

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Woman Arrested in Beating of Man, 92. ‘Go Back to Mexico,’ She Reportedly Said.

07/11/2018 The New York Times

Old Man selling bananas - CubaA woman was arrested late Tuesday in the beating of a 92-year-old man in Los Angeles County in which the attacker reportedly told the man to “go back to Mexico.”

The beating left him bloodied, bruised and bewildered about why he was attacked.

The woman, Laquisha Jones, 30, of Los Angeles, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and was held on $200,000 bail.

A witness, Misbel Borjas, told CNN and other news organizations that the attacker used a brick in the beating of the man, who was identified by the authorities as Rodolfo Rodriguez. Several men soon joined in the attack.

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Drone With Grenades Lands at Property of Mexico Police Chief

07/11/18 The New York Times

security cameraAuthorities in the northern Mexican state of Baja California say that a drone carrying two deactivated grenades landed on a property owned by the state’s security chief.

The state government statement says Gerardo Manuel Sosa Olachea does not use the property in Tecate and was not present, but state police guarding it saw the drone.

Sosa Olachea said Tuesday the incident was unfortunate and was the result of the state’s work against organized crime.

In October, authorities in the north-central state of Guanajuato said they captured men carrying a drone equipped with a powerful bomb and remote-controlled detonator.

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American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City while celebrating first wedding anniversary

07/10/18 The Washington Post

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)Less than a week before her death, Tatiana Mirutenko posted a trio of photos from her wedding to Instagram: “Year 1,” she wrote, adding a heart under the images of her and her husband.

Soon afterward, the couple would travel from their home in California to Mexico City for what was supposed to be a celebration of their first wedding anniversary, Mirutenko’s family told ABC 7 News.

Instead, the trip ended in tragedy after Mirutenko was killed early Saturday morning in an apparent drive-by shooting in Lomas de Chapultepec, a wealthy neighborhood in the Mexican capital better known for its mix of Colonial and modern-style mansions than for violence.

The U.S. State Department confirmed Mirutenko’s death in Mexico City and her nationality but did not provide details of the incident.

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15 Shot Dead, 9 Hurt in Bloody Night for Mexico’s Monterrey

07/08/18 The New York Times

Monterrey-Nathaniel C. SheetzAn unusually violent night around the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, including a string of attacks on bars, left at least 15 dead and nine wounded, authorities said Sunday.

The Nuevo Leon state prosecutor’s office reported in a statement that 12 people died in six bar attacks overnight in the municipalities of Monterrey, Guadalupe and Juarez. A man and a 14-year-old boy were also shot dead in their car on a highway, and in the city of Linares, a man was killed in a clash between rival gangs after a “quinceanera” coming-of-age party at a private home.

No arrests were announced.

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Mexico’s President-Elect Will Propose Amnesty Law

07/06/18 The New York Times

amloThe security advisers for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that amnesty legislation aimed at lessening violence will be developed with the input of crime victims and presented to Mexico’s congress.

The security cabinet meeting was the first of a long day of gatherings for Lopez Obrador. In the evening he met for several hours with his economic team.

Alfonso Durazo, proposed as the new administration’s public security minister, said the amnesty law would be part of a “Mexican recipe for peace.” Amnesty would not be given at the discretion of the president, he said. Congress will have the final word.

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Amid surging violence, some Mexicans choose asylum over voting

07/01/18 Reuters

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyAs millions of Mexicans lined up on Sunday to vote in the country’s largest election in history, others were huddled at the door to the United States, fleeing violence and bereft of hope that a new government could staunch it.

In past weeks, families escaping threats of extortion, kidnapping and murder, many from states riven by drug cartel-linked brutality, crammed into migrant shelters in the border city of Tijuana, waiting to cross to San Diego to seek asylum.

“We are overwhelmed by violence, and the proof is all these people who arrive daily, even with their children,” said Jose Maria Garcia, director of the Juventud 2000 migrant shelter in Tijuana. “They don’t… trust that whoever wins is going to do something for them.”

Camped early Sunday on the square abutting the entrance to the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Carmen Medina, a 26-year-old widow from the southern Mexican state of Zacatecas, said she had no interest in Sunday’s election.

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