At Least 4 Killed in Clash Between Mexico Vigilante Groups

April 1, 2015

ABC News, 3/31/2015

pistolA clash between two vigilante “self-defense” groups in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero killed at least four people and dozens more were taken prisoner by each side, a leader of one of the groups said Tuesday.

Over the last two years vigilantes have brought some peace to the rural area between the resort of Acapulco and the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo, a region that had been overrun by bandits and drug gangs. But rivalries have formed between the oldest and largest vigilante group, known as UPOEG, and a smaller group that formed in the town of Tierra Colorada.

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Mexico March Marks 6 Months Since 43 Students Disappeared

March 27, 2015

ABC News,3/26/2015

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters Thursday, urging fellow Mexicans not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year.

At the march’s conclusion, Maria Elena Guerrero, the mother of a missing student, stood atop a stage and said her pain had turned to fury against Mexico’s government in the months since her son disappeared.

“They have taken so much from us that they’ve even taken our fear,” she said. “We’re not afraid.”

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Mayoral candidate found slain in southern Mexico state

March 12, 2015

03/11/15 Washington Post 

guerreroMexican authorities said Wednesday that they found a missing mayoral candidate slain in the southern state of Guerrero, scene of the disappearance of 43 students from a teachers college last fall. State prosecutors said in a statement that the body of Aide Nava Gonzalez, the leftist Democratic Revolution Party’s candidate for mayor of the town of Ahuacuotzingo, was found late Tuesday.

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Mexican town where 43 students disappeared is opium hotbed

March 10, 2015

03/10/15 The Washington Post 

censorshipThe rattletrap sedan cruised the streets of Iguala, its roof crowned by a loudspeaker blaring headlines from the day’s newspaper: “Another killed! Another killed!” To the residents of Iguala, however, this hardly seemed like news. Bloodshed was part of life in Iguala before local police allegedly disappeared 43 college students here in September, and it remains so now. Despite federal efforts to wrest control, the 600 federal officers and 1,000 soldiers sent in five months ago to replace the city’s police force have had no effects on the killings and kidnappings. In a week during late February and early March, for example, at least 19 people were killed in this city of 140,000, many struck down in mafia-style hits by gunmen on motorcycles.

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Gun-Toting Fishermen Policing Town Show Mexico Security Hole

March 10, 2015

03/09/15 Bloomberg 

guerreroVisitors who drive down the winding dirt road to the Mexican village of Nuevo Balsas are met by fishermen, farmers and teenage boys brandishing rifles. Most of the time, they’re the only law enforcement to be seen, according to locals. A deputy commander of the militia, who identified himself as David out of concern for his security, said they were forced to take up arms to defend their families from robberies and rape by drug cartels. In early February, 13 people were kidnapped from near Nuevo Balsas. They included two contractors for Torex Gold Resources Inc. and one direct employee of the company, which is building a mine in the area. On Friday, four more mine workers, this time from Goldcorp Inc., went missing nearby in another apparent kidnapping, according to authorities.

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Group of Technical Experts Arrive in Mexico to Investigate Case of Disappeared Students

March 6, 2015

3/6/2015 Washington Office on Latin America

By Maureen Meyer and Hannah Smith

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

After the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero in September 2014, the Mexican government and the legal representatives for the students and their families requested technical assistance from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). In November 2014, the three parties signed an agreement that led to the formation of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos y Expertas Independientes). This Group of Experts is tasked with reviewing and investigating the case of the disappeared students from the teachers’ college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, but its work could have broader implications for changing how Mexico handles other cases of disappearances, which have skyrocketed in recent years. On March 1, 2015, the Group of Experts traveled to Mexico to begin its work.

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Acapulco hit by violence in teacher protest; one killed

February 26, 2015

02/25/15 Los Angeles Times 

guerreroA 65-year-old retired teacher was killed and dozens of people injured when police forcefully broke up a demonstration that blocked main roads in the tourist city of Acapulco, threatening a key component of Mexico’s economy, authorities said Wednesday. The demonstrators, including a radical teachers union and its supporters, had cut off access to the Acapulco airport Tuesday when police intervened. More than 100 protesters were arrested, and police gave tourists escorts to their flights.

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