10 Bodies Found in Mass Graves in Guerrero, Mexico

June 23, 2015

6/23/15 teleSur

Postville raidThe 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.

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After Elections, Southern Mexico Returns to Calm

June 19, 2015

6/19/15 Stratfor Global Intelligence

Protestors and police - Jesus Villaseca Perez (Flickr)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.

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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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