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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In Mexico, Protesters Drive Bus into Police Lines; 12 Injured

February 25, 2015

Fox News, 2/25/2015

guerreroProtesters drove a bus into police lines in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, injuring at least seven officers, according to Mexican federal officials.

The Interior Department said that five protesters also were injured in the confrontation Tuesday evening, which came after thousands of protesters had tried to block entrances to the Acapulco airport, prompting police to ferry tourists to the terminal in trucks.

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Coca-Cola Caught up in Southern Mexico Protest, 10 Injured

February 20, 2015

By Mark Stevenson and E. Eduardo Castillo, 2/19/2015

120px-Coca-Cola_logo.svgProtests in the southern state of Guerrero around the disappearance of 43 students have meant regular blockades and attacks and robberies of vehicles delivering everything from milk to snacks in recent months.

But the conflict reached a new level late Wednesday when protesters temporarily detained employees of Coca-Cola Co., igniting anger in a business sector already frustrated by struggles to operate in the social turmoil.

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Mexico Detains Brother of Ex-Governor Over Alleged Embezzlement

February 11, 2015

Reuters, 2/10/2015

Pesos by Flickr user AleiexMexican authorities said on Tuesday they had detained the brother of a former governor of Mexico’s restive western state of Guerrero for his role in an alleged scheme to embezzle 287 million pesos ($19.19 million) from public coffers.

Between 2012 and 2014, Carlos Aguirre and a handful of collaborators allegedly channeled government funds into firms that employed family members who would then divert the money into the group’s personal bank accounts, authorities said.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Violence and Insecurity in Guerrero

February 5, 2015

By Chris Kyle

Resilient Communities Series15This paper is a continuation of the series Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence, a multiyear effort by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego to analyze the obstacles to and opportunities for improving citizen security in Mexico.

Insecurity and violence associated with organized criminal activity are pervasive in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero.  The state’s homicide rate is the highest in the country and extortion and kidnapping are commonplace.  For perpetrators, there is near complete impunity.  The state is divided into territories within which either drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) or community policing networks exercise control over local policing functions.  Local, state, or federal authorities occasionally join this competition, but for the most part policing powers are held by others.  In rural areas competition between groups of traffickers over the state’s prodigious narcotics output has created violent no-man’s-lands in buffer zones between territories controlled by rival groups.  In cities violence is mostly a byproduct of efforts to establish and preserve monopolies in extortion, kidnapping, and retail contraband markets.  Despite claims to the contrary by state and federal authorities, there has been no discernible improvement in public security in recent months or years.

Restraining the violence in Guerrero will require that state authorities make a systematic effort to address two existing realities that sustain the criminal activities producing violence.  Thus, this paper examines the security situation in the state of Guerrero, including the operation of drug trafficking organizations, and proposes possible solutions to the security crisis.

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Mexico Marks Four Months Since 43 Ayotzinapa Students Disappeared

January 27, 2015

By Renee Lewis, 1/26/2015

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

Marking four months since 43 students went missing in Mexico’s Guerrero state, supporters demanded the students’ return during mass demonstrations in Mexico and abroad.

Thousands of protesters attended marches across Mexico on Monday, according to local media, with many blaming the state for the students’ disappearance. In Mexico City, protesters converged from four directions for a rally on Zocalo Square.

As the protesters marched, they chanted, “Careful with Guerrero, a guerrilla state” and held banners that read, “They took them alive, we want them back alive!”

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Policía Federal y Ejército rescatan 23 secuestrados en Arcelia, Guerrero

January 22, 2015

1/21/15 El Financiero 

guerreroElementos de la Policía Federal en coordinación con el Ejercito Mexicano, lograron rescatar a 23 personas que se encontraban privadas de su libertad dentro de una cueva localizada muy cerca de la cabecera municipal de Arcelia, en la región de la Tierra Caliente de Guerrero.

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