2 foreigners killed in shootout in Mexico’s Tulum resort

10/22/2021

Source: ABC News

Two foreigners were killed and three wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in the Mexican Caribbean resort town of Tulum, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities said one of the dead women was from Germany and the other from India. The three wounded included two Germans and a tourist from the Netherlands.

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Merchants group signals skyrocketing extortion costs for small retailers

10/22/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Extortion costs for small retailers have surged across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an organization that represents their interests.

Pre-pandemic, extortion costs hovered around 200 pesos (US $10) per business, but shot up to 500 pesos minimum during the pandemic, says the National Alliance of Small Businesses (ANPEC), which estimates that extortion generates US $11.3 billion for criminal groups throughout the country.

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Fresnillo, Ciudad Obregón and Irapuato seen as Mexico’s least safe cities

10/22/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The percentage of Mexican adults who feel unsafe in the city where they live is at its lowest point in eight years, according to a new security survey that found that Fresnillo, Zacatecas, is seen by its residents as the least safe city in the country.

Conducted by the national statistics agency INEGI in September, the 32nd National Survey on Urban Public Security found that 64.5% of respondents believe the city where they live is unsafe, a 2.1% decline compared to the previous survey.

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Mexico sees slight drop on World Justice Project rule of law index

10/15/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Mexico fell nine places on the latest edition of an index that measures the rule of law in more than 100 countries.

Mexico’s score on the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2021 declined 0.01 points and its ranking fell from 104th to 113th, mainly because it was competing against a larger group of countries. The index uses a scale from 0 to 1, with 1 indicating the strongest adherence to the rule of law.

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Police in Mexican border town find 2 shallow graves

10/06/2021

Source: AP News

Police and volunteer search teams in northern Mexico have found two bodies in shallow graves near San Luis Rio Colorado, across the border from Yuma, Arizona.

The Sonora state prosecutors office said Tuesday that one set of skeletal remains was located in a vacant lot, covered by a few inches of dirt. The body of another man was found half-buried and wrapped in a blanket nearby.

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GONE: Nearly 100,000 people have disappeared in Mexico

10/06/2021

Source: The New York Times

They lie in clandestine graves strewn across the desert, mingled in communal pits, or hacked to pieces and scattered on desiccated hillsides.

Buried without a name, often all that’s left once their bodies are gone are the empty casings of a person: a bloodied sweatshirt, a frilly top, a tattered dress.

All over Mexico, mothers wander under the scorching sun, poking at the earth and sniffing for the tell-tale scent of decomposing flesh, hoping for a scrap that points toward their missing son or daughter.

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Panic in Culiacán as gangsters’ shooting spree takes out 80 surveillance cameras

10/01/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Armed men in eight vehicles caused panic in Culiacán, Sinaloa, late Monday night and early Tuesday as they drove through the city shooting out security cameras with automatic machine guns.

The gangsters destroyed 80 cameras at 25 different points in the capital of the northern state, home to the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.

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U.S. border agents briefly detain 14 Mexican soldiers in El Paso

09/27/2021

Source: Reuters

Fourteen Mexican soldiers were detained early Saturday morning for several hours by U.S. border agents after they crossed into El Paso, Texas, from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)said.

“Just after midnight today CBP officers working at the Bridge of the America’s international crossing in El Paso noted two Mexican military vehicles crossing the boundary and entering the U.S.,” the CBP told Reuters in an emailed statement.

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Justice elusive 7 years after students abducted in Mexico

09/27/2021

Source: ABC News

Several hundred students and political activists marched through downtown Mexico City on Sunday to demand authorities find out what happened to 43 teacher’s college students who disappeared in 2014.

Police in the southern city of Iguala handed the students over to drug gang members, who purportedly killed them and burned their bodies believing they were working for a rival crime group.

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Security chief reports 3.9% decline in homicides

09/23/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Homicides declined 3.9% in the first eight months of 2021, Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodríguez said Wednesday.

There were 22,611 homicides between January and August, according to data presented by Rodríguez at President López Obrador’s news conference, a decrease of more than 900 compared to the same period of 2020.

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