Priest reported kidnapped found dead, 3rd slain in Mexico in last week

09/25/16 CBS News

16351122146_4433fe03f6_mMEXICO CITY — A missing Mexican priest was found shot dead off the side of a highway in western Mexico days after he was kidnapped from his parish residence, state prosecutors said Sunday. He was the third Roman Catholic priest to be slain in Mexico in the last week.

The Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the Rev. Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen’s body was found Saturday night in an area called Las Guayabas on the highway between Puruandiro and Zinaparo.

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Mexico Can’t Stop Lying About a Massacre

09/26/16 The Daily Beast

16755068770_143d2d4146_oMEXICO — The lives of dozens of Mexican families were forever altered when bullets rained down on their sons, rural college students who dreamed of one day becoming teachers.

Two years ago this Monday, a convoy of corrupt police ambushed students traveling to the city of Iguala, from the underfunded, all-male Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School in the impoverished state of Guerrero. The hours-long encounter, often referred to as “the night of terror,” left six people dead—both students and passersby.

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Mexico drug violence: State police chief found stabbed to death in Acapulco home

09/20/16 The Indian Express 

CrossAuthorities in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero say the head of the state police has been stabbed to death.

The state public safety department said state police director Tomas Hernandez Martínez was found dead Monday in his home in the resort city of Acapulco. Acapulco has been hit by a wave of drug gang violence.

In another part of Guerrero, the state prosecutor’s office said members of a drug cartel had freed six employees of a gold and silver mining plant who were kidnapped.

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Farmers Switching from Coffee to Poppy in Mexico’s Heroin Hub

09/16/16 InSight Crime

download.jpgFalling coffee production in Mexico‘s Guerrero state, in part due to a devastating plant fungus, has reportedly contributed to rising poppy cultivation, in turn facilitating the state’s transition into a battleground for competing drug groups.

Coffee production in Guerrero fell 88 percent between 2003 and 2016, from 4,638 tons to 552 tons, reported El Universal. This decline came on top of an over 13,000-ton drop in production following the 1992-93 coffee cycle, which produced an estimated 17,572 tons.

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Massive Shootout Shakes Mexico’s Epicenter of Violence

08/26/16 InSight Crime

Guerrero, MExicoA prolonged shootout between over 100 armed civilians and a dozen police officers in Guerrero, Mexico, has left six dead, another example of how the state’s complicated criminal dynamics have helped turn it into the country’s epicenter of violence.

On August 23, there was a four-hour confrontation between as many as 150 armed men that authorities said belonged to a criminal group and 12 police officers, reported Milenio. Three gunmen and three police were killed, while two other officers were injured.

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Mexico Hopes More Than $1bn in New Investment Can Bring The ‘Jet-Set’ Back to Crime-Ridden Acapulco

08/22/16 CNS News

AcapulcoDInvestors and the government plan to spend more than one billion U.S. dollars over the next few years in the hopes of returning crime-ridden Acapulco to its former glory as an “international jet-set” resort that once attracted the likes of John F. Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

Today, Acapulco’s reputation and quality of life are drowning beneath a wave of crime tied to narcotics and drug trafficking.

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Mexico Authorities Under Renewed Heat for ‘Narcopolitics’ and Impunity

08/12/16 InSight Crime

cemetery-cross-in-graveyard-1398971336pwPMexico will not be able to rein in runaway organized crime until it addresses the links between Mexican authorities and criminal groups and ends impunity for those responsible for crimes against humanity, an international justice advocate told the Guerrero State Congress.

Ina Zoon took the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Justice Initiative’s message to ground zero of Mexico‘s crime-fed security crisis on August 11. She presented the foundation’s recent report on possible war crimes by the Mexican government and the Zetas crime cartel to the Guerrero legislature, Proceso reported. Guerrero, home to the resort city of Acapulco, is one of the most violent places in Mexico.

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