Mexico Disappearances on the Rise? Alarming Numbers Revealed; Relatives Told to ‘Accept the Facts’

8/24/15 Latino Post

mystery manThere are about 25,000 people who have gone missing in Mexico since 2006, but according to relatives of the missing persons, the government is not doing anything about it. In a report by the Los Angeles Times, it is not clear how many of the missing persons are victims of foul play, but many of them are feared dead, nonetheless.

One of the most high-profile cases happened just last year, when 43 students from a rural school in Guerrero were hauled off by the police.They were believed to have been working with a drug gang. The act of taking the said children caused national and international outrage from citizens and various human rights groups.

Fox News Latino also reported that of the over 25,000 disappearances in Mexico, more than half of them happened during the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto which started only in December 2012.

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Police bust kidnap ring in northern Mexico, free 11 victims

8/24/15 Yahoo News

imagesMexican officials say federal police have arrested a cell of the Gulf Cartel in the border state of Tamaulipas and freed 11 kidnap victims showing signs of severe malnutrition and torture.

A statement from Tamaulipas security officials says the victims were kidnapped while traveling on roads in the state that borders Texas and the Gulf state of Veracruz, and were being held for ransom. Ten people were detained, including the cell leader.

The statement Sunday said police found human remains in a septic tank of the house where victims were held in Pueblo Viejo, Veracruz, near the Tamaulipas border. They said they do not know how many bodies were thrown there.

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Mexico investigates deaths of 2 suspects photographed alive

8/18/15 Yahoo News

federal police mexicoProsecutors in southern Mexico opened an investigation over the weekend into the deaths of two kidnapping suspects who were apparently photographed alive following their detention. Police in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco reported the two died on their way to the hospital of injuries suffered in a car chase, shootout and crash. The two were involved in a shootout after a failed kidnap attempt last week in which three police officers and three other suspects were killed.

Photos posted on social media sites appeared to show the two bloodied suspects alive after their arrest. One, a woman, is seen sitting up in the bed of a police truck.

Other photos showed what appeared to be the same people’s bodies face down in a field.

The state police department said that following Thursday’s shootout, heavy traffic forced the police to take the two wounded suspects over a back road to the nearest hospital.

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Suspect Linked to Dozens of Kidnappings Arrested in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 4/4/2015

hands in handcuffsMexico’s Federal Police on Friday arrested the suspected leader of a criminal gang linked to dozens of abductions and an extortion racket in the southwestern Tierra Caliente region.

The 24-year-old Nicolás Trujillo, a purported regional head of the Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) cartel, is suspected of overseeing kidnapping operations that resulted in more than 100 people being held in makeshift camps, that institution said in a statement.

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Mexico Marks Four Months Since 43 Ayotzinapa Students Disappeared

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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Frenchwoman Freed From Mexico Jail Sues Ex-President, Others

Yahoo News, 1/26/2015

handcuffsMEXICO CITY (AP) — A Frenchwoman who became a cause celebre in her country after she was jailed for kidnapping in Mexico is suing a former Mexican president, other ex-officials and a major TV network, her lawyer said Monday.

Jose Patino Hurtado, Florence Cassez’s attorney in Mexico, told Noticias MVS radio that the civil suit filed on Friday seeks $36 million for suffering and “moral damage.”

The lawsuit seeks “above all to vindicate Florence Cassez, which is the most important thing,” Patino said in an interview with Noticias MVS host Carmen Aristegui.

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Mexican official says kidnapping investigations drop 18 pct

1/21/15 The Washington Post

censorshipInvestigations of abductions in Mexico declined 18 percent last year, Mexico’s national chief of anti-kidnapping efforts said Wednesday in crediting better state and federal coordination. The number of kidnapping investigations in 2014 was 1,394, down from 1,698 in 2013, Renato Sales said at a news conference. But under reporting remains a persistent problem. Mexico’s national statistics institute estimates more than 90 percent of kidnapping cases are never reported.

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