Mass grave found in northern Mexico

9/2/15 Yahoo News

Grave photo credit Kelly DonlanA mass grave has been found in northern Mexico, authorities said Tuesday, as a rights group indicated it could contain 31,000 bone fragments corresponding to at least 31 bodies.

The pit was discovered on a ranch in the town of Salinas Victoria, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of the industrial hub of Monterrey, said a spokeswoman for the Nuevo Leon state prosecutor’s office, Priscila Rivas.

“The ranch was found through statements by detained criminals, information from victims and investigations by the prosecutor’s office,” Rivas told AFP.

The spokeswoman declined to say how many pieces of bones were unearthed or how many bodies they could represent.

But Consuelo Morales, who heads the Citizens Supporting Human Rights (CADHAC), said authorities told her organization that 31,000 bone fragments were found since the grave was detected earlier this year.

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Some 22 people have died in what Agence France-Presse has described as “three days of violence” in northern Mexico

6/22/15 Latin Post

youth with handgunSome 22 people have died in what Agence France-Presse has described as “three days of violence” in northern Mexico; authorities announced the new death count after they discovered five more bodies on Sunday in the country’s state of Nuevo León, the newswire detailed.

The town government of San Pedro, a suburb of the industrial hub of Monterrey, said that the half-naked bodies of three individuals aged 18 to 30 were discovered in various city streets. A state investigator, who spoke to the newswire on condition of anonymity, detailed that each body had a head wound and that bullet shells found near the victims pointed to them having been killed elsewhere and then dumped on the street.

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Mexico elections: Will ‘El Bronco’ factor drive weary voters to the polls?

5/28/15 The Christian Science Monitor

nuevo_leonIndependents are eligible to run in all states for the first time in June 7 elections. The gubernatorial race [here] in the northern state of Nuevo León is heating up, with the first non-affiliated candidate, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, aka “El Bronco,” posing a formidable threat to the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Mr. Rodríguez is polling first or second in a handful of surveys, underscoring widespread frustration with government corruption and leadership.

“In the past, Mexicans have said, ‘we get that politicians might not be honest, but we want ones who are effective,'” says Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “Now, it seems as though there’s a sense that if you’re with a party, you’re part of the problem instead of the solution.” Still, independents are facing an uphill battle to finance their campaigns and reach voters, says Mr. Weldon. El Bronco’s campaign has relied heavily on social media, with catchy videos and chatty exchanges with constituents posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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5 Zetas cartel members arrested in northern Mexico

Fox News Latino, 3/17/2015

handcuffsFive suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were arrested in separate operations in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, federal officials said.

Daniel Menera Sierra, suspected of being a regional leader of the drug cartel, and three associates were arrested in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a statement.

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Mexico Pursuing Vanished Victims of Its Drug Wars

Monterrey-Nathaniel C. SheetzThe New York Times, 6/22/2013

Rosa González cannot shake the memory of the state investigator who was too afraid of reprisals to take a full report, the police officer who shrugged when the ransom demand came, the months of agonizing doubt and, most of all, the final words from her daughter before she disappeared. “I am giving you a hug because I love you so much,” her mentally disabled daughter, Brizeida, 23, told Rosa hours before she was abducted with her 21-year-old cousin after a party more than two years ago.

In thousands upon thousands of cases, the story may well have ended there, adding to the vast number of Mexicans who have disappeared. Unlike those in other Latin American countries who were victims of repressive governments, many of Mexico’s disappeared are casualties of the organized-crime and drug violence that has convulsed this nation for years. But here in Nuevo León State, prosecutors, detectives, human rights workers and families are poring over cases together and in several instances cracking them, overcoming the thick walls of mistrust between civilians and the authorities to do the basic police work that is so often missing in this country, leaving countless crimes unsolved and unpunished.

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Nuevo Leon Will Not Release Capo’s Nicknames Nor Cartel’s Names (Spanish)

escudo nuevo leonProcesso, 3/21/2013

Nuevo Leon will not release detainees’ nicknames nor the names of the cartels they worked with.

The state government will suspend the old practice that publicly presented detainees to the press as trophies. Instead, they will now release newsletters and  photographs to news outlets.

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In Nuevo Leon a Civil Police Force Replaces the Military [in Spanish]

Reforma, 9/16/12

While Nuevo Leon is suffering from the worst wave of violence in its history, the military is leaving the streets of Monterrey and is being replaced by a new civilian police force called the Fuerza Civil which was created by the state’s governor Rodrigo Medina last year.  There will be an 80% reduction in military presence, and they are recruiting many new police officers.

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