New self-defense militia appears in Chiapas, Mexico to fight organized crime

07/21/2021

Source: Reuters

Just like the Zapatista rebels before them, the indigenous people of Chiapas state in southern Mexico have taken up arms, though this time they said it was to beat back the organized crime gangs plaguing their communities.

Dozens of armed, hooded people belonging to a group called ‘El Machete’ marched over the weekend in the streets of Pantelho in the mountains of Chiapas – a first public act.

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‘Shameful’: Mexican president decries alleged NSO spying

07/20/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday called “shameful” the alleged government-ordered spying several years ago that may have targeted him and his close allies and added that his government did not spy on anyone.

British newspaper The Guardian reported on Monday that at least 50 people close to Lopez Obrador, among many others, were potentially targeted by the previous administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto after it purchased Pegasus spying software from Israel-based NSO Group.

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Mexico’s president says he won’t accept vigilantes

07/20/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Tuesday he will not accept vigilantes arming themselves, and suggested they are serving local political bosses or gangs.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was responding to a drill held over the weekend by about 100 vigilantes in the southern state of Chiapas. The group, which calls itself “The Machete,” said it was formed to evict drug traffickers from Indigenous communities.

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Vigilantes drill in southern Mexico with rifles, machetes

07/20/21

Source: AP

Another shadowy group of armed residents emerged in Mexico over the weekend, when a hundred or so vigilantes armed with rifles, shotguns and machetes staged a public drill in the southern state of Chiapas.

The group in the township of Pantelho was introduced over a loudspeaker as “The Machete,” and it claims to be fighting the incursion of drug cartels in the largely Indigenous mountain communities of Chiapas. Some of the drill was conducted in a Maya-family language.

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Security efforts will concentrate crime-fighting in 50 worst municipalities

07/16/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government will concentrate its anti-crime efforts on the 50 municipalities with the highest rates of insecurity.

That’s the message President López Obrador conveyed to ruling Morena party governors and governors-elect at a meeting on Wednesday at the National Palace in Mexico City.

The government has already made improving the security situation in 15 highly violent municipalities a priority, and has achieved some success.

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Mexican farmers hold police, guard hostage in land dispute

07/16/2021

Source: AP News

About 44 police, detectives and members of Mexico’s National Guard are apparently being held hostage by a group of farmers in a land dispute, the Interior Secretary of the southern state of Oaxaca said Thursday.

Francisco García López said the farmers are holding the officers until the government agrees to return farmland they say belongs to them.

The officers do not appear to have been mistreated so far, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said “they are negotiating, but they have not been taken hostage.”

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8 weeks after Metro tragedy, Mexico City replaces head of transit system

07/01/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Exactly eight weeks after the Mexico City Metro disaster that claimed the lives of 26 people, the chief of the subway system was replaced on Monday.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced that Florencia Serranía, who became general director of Metro operator STC in 2018, had been replaced by Guillermo Calderón Aguilera, a veteran transport official.

The announcement came a week after Sheinbaum met with President López Obrador and businessman Carlos Slim to discuss plans to repair Line 12, an elevated section of which collapsed on May 3, causing two train carriages to plunge toward a busy road below. Slim’s company Carso Infrastructure and Construction partially built the line, the newest of the 52-year-old Metro system.

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Mexico’s supreme court decriminalizes recreational use of cannabis

06/29/2021

Source: CNN

Mexico’s Supreme Court struck down laws which criminalized the recreational use of cannabis on Monday evening.The decisive 8-3 ruling comes after advocates pushed for decriminalization as a means to reduce drug-fueled cartel violence in the country.The court declared the prohibition of cannabis unconstitutional in 2018, leading lawmakers to move forward on passing a bill.

However, after a bill signed by Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador struggled to make it through Congress deliberations weeks after the set deadline, the court moved to vote.

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Mexico’s President Says Carlos Slim Might Help Rebuild Collapsed Metro Line

06/24/2021

Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — The business tycoon Carlos Slim is willing to repair part of Mexico City’s subway system, the country’s president said Wednesday, after investigations found that shoddy work by Mr. Slim’s engineering firm had caused part of a metro line to collapse last month, killing 26 people.

But it was not clear whether that meant Mr. Slim would absorb any of the cost of fixing the line, which failed less than nine years after it opened.

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Infighting in Gulf cartel blamed for Mexico border killings

06/23/2021

Source: AP

CIUDAD VICTORIA (AP) — The top prosecutor in Mexico’s border state of Tamaulipas said Tuesday that infighting between rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel was the motive behind a weekend shooting that killed 19 people, 15 of whom appeared to be innocent bystanders.

State prosecutor Irving Barrios told local station Radio Formula that apparently two gangs that operate just outside the border city of Reynosa launched the attack Saturday to weaken the rival Metros faction.

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