July 31, 2015
7/31/15 Yahoo News
Gunmen fired more than 100 shots to kill a police commander Thursday in the capital of Mexico’s troubled southern state of Guerrero, while three other people died in another shootout. David Urquizo, the commander of the state investigative police unit, was ambushed by the armed group in the center of Chilpancingo, an official in the local prosecutor’s office told AFP. Urquizo had survived a previous assassination attempt a few months ago, the official said. Hours later, Urquizo’s unit killed three criminal suspects and wounded three others in a clash in the same city. Six other people were detained after the gunfight.
July 27, 2015
07/27/15 ABC News
MEXICO CITY- The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico’s attorney general’s office says.
None of the remains has been connected to the youths who disappeared after a clash with police in the city of Iguala on Sept. 26, and authorities do not believe any will be. Prosecutors say the students were turned over to a drug gang that killed them and incinerated their bodies in a case that has put attention on the huge number of people who have gone missing in Guerrero and other Mexican states where drug violence is widespread.
July 7, 2015
7/3/15 Stratfor Global Intelligence
Guerrero state has a significant number of productive mines, many of which exploit the rich seam of gold that runs through the region. Unfortunately, as interim Guerrero state Gov. Rogelio Ortega emphasized June 26, the preponderance of mineral extraction companies provides numerous targets for rampant criminal activity, much of which goes unrecorded. The governor urged mining companies to report all crimes perpetrated against them and to invest in public security instead of making extortion payments, often as high as $100,000 per month.
Ortega’s statement highlights a common problem: large multinational firms operating in Mexico are hesitant to report security issues to authorities, particularly in regard to kidnapping and extortion. It also serves as a reminder of the weak rule of law throughout most of Guerrero state that continues to challenge multinational corporations operating there.
July 1, 2015
Nine months after the disappearance of 43 students in the town of Iguala in southwestern Mexico, Coca-Cola KO -0.43% has decided to shutter its facility in the nearby municipality of Arcelia, due to ongoing security problems. As I explained in a recent article for Fusion, “Citing concerns for the safety of its employees, Coca-Cola has decided to permanently shutter a storage facility in Arcelia, Guerrero, laying off 120 workers and eliminating one of the few sources of formal-sector jobs in the area.” Guerrero, the state where Iguala is located, presents a unique security challenge for multi-national companies due to high levels of poverty, low levels of development, and the presence of a noxious mix of organized crime groups, armed citizens militias, and militant student organizations.
June 23, 2015
The corpses of seven men and three women were exhumed from clandestine graves on the outskirts of Acapulco in Mexico, Guerrero state Chief Prosecutor Miguel Angel Godinez announced Monday. The bodies were discovered late Sunday, after the police received an anonymous tip. The state of Guerrero has been the site of many forced disappearances in Mexico, most famously the case of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college, who were disappeared in September, 2014, after they were detained by police and allegedly handed over to an organized crime gang.
June 19, 2015
6/19/15 Stratfor Global Intelligence
Most members of Mexico’s National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), a dissident national teachers’ union, returned to their classrooms June 17 after having been on strike since June 1. The group had tried to use the strike to mobilize support for widespread demonstrations in its stronghold states of Chiapas, Michoacan, Oaxaca and Guerrero; its main goal was to disrupt June 7 elections to pressure Mexico City into repealing education reform. Though vandals targeted multiple electoral sites in the aforementioned states June 7, low turnout and an unwillingness to confront security forces blunted the impact of demonstrations, which in the end only minimally disrupted elections.
CNTE is not done vocalizing its objections to education reform or carrying out demonstrations. However, its inability to coordinate action with the other groups involved in protesting the Sept. 26 disappearance of 43 normalistas in Iguala, such as the Guerrero state teachers’ union known as CETEG, indicates that the most recent bout of unrest in Mexico’s southern states could be coming to an end.