Mexican troops, police evacuate 92 people fleeing drug gangs

04/11/2018 The Washington Post

guerreroMexican soldiers and police in the troubled southern state of Guerrero have escorted a convoy of 92 people terrorized by drug cartels out of their mountain hamlet.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the convoy of mostly the elderly, women and children left Laguna de Huayanalco in the township of Totolapan because they fear the drug gangs that operate in the area.

Alvarez said in a statement Wednesday that the residents loaded into 11 private vehicles and were escorted out of town.

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Widespread killings of candidates cast shadow over Mexican elections

04/10/2018 Los Angeles Times

guerreroThe hit men arrived by motorcycle at high noon, stepped into the Toreo Restaurant and, without uttering a word, opened fire on Antonia Jaimes Moctezuma.

Then they sped away, their mission completed.

Jaimes was a 47-year-old mother of two, the owner of the restaurant and aspirant for a state congressional seat. Her killing on Feb. 21 in the city of Chilapa, in Mexico’s violence-plagued Guerrero state, is among more than two dozen assassinations of candidates running for office in July.

“The situation of insecurity is very grave here,” said her widower, Moises Acevedo. “But not only in Chilapa. They’re killing candidates all over the country.”

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Kidnapped siblings, stolen car located at U.S-Mexico border

04/09/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

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A woman stole a car with two children inside in a Lincoln Park shopping center and drove it to the U.S-Mexico border, where authorities arrested the suspected kidnapper Monday.

The car theft occurred about 12:15 p.m. after the children’s father went into a Cricket Wireless store in the shopping center on Euclid Avenue near Imperial Avenue, San Diego police said. The man had left his 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter in his car, with the engine and air conditioner running.

Moments later, a witness saw a woman get into the gold Hyundai sedan and drive away, with the children still inside.

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Mexican ambassador: Mexico doesn’t welcome Trump’s call for troops to border

04/03/2018 CNN

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The Mexican ambassador to the US said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s apparent call for troops to guard the US-Mexico border is an unwelcome one.

“It’s certainly not something that the Mexican government welcomes, but as soon as we have further clarification, we can expect to have a better idea of where we are,”
Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
The Mexican ambassador stressed that his government is still trying to clarify what exactly Trump meant.

Crime wave, police complicity batter Mexico’s Jalisco state and trigger angry protests

03/26/2018 Los Angeles Times

Jalisco_in_Mexico_(location_map_scheme).svgA surge in gang killings, kidnappings and other crimes is gripping central Mexico’s Jalisco state and sparking street protests in a region famed for some of the country’s singular cultural emblems — from mariachi music to tequila to Mexican-style rodeo.

And, in a disturbing but familiar scenario in Mexico, corrupt lawmen in the service of criminal gangs appear to be complicit in the escalating violence.

Recent high-profile cases in Jalisco include the disappearance of three film students, the seizure of three Italian citizens and the kidnapping and execution of a pair of Mexican federal agents from an elite squad targeting organized crime.

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Ambush of Mexican marines kill 5, wound 12 in border city

03/25/2018 The Washington Post

laredo.jpgA Mexican marine and four suspected gunmen were killed during a coordinated series of ambushes against marine patrols in a northern Mexico border city, authorities reported Sunday.

The attacks late Saturday and early Sunday left a total of 12 marines wounded.

Authorities said marines were ambushed three separate times in Nuevo Laredo, a city across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Marines returned fire and killed one gunman in the first attack, but suffered three wounded.

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U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered Mexican teen in 2012 shooting: prosecutor

03/22/2018 Reuters

Border Fence Arizona and MexicoA prosecutor said on Wednesday that a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teenager from U.S. territory in 2012 committed murder, while the defense attorney said the agent’s actions were lawful and in response to a hail of rocks.

The trial, scheduled to last three weeks, is being held at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing to build a wall along the border with Mexico in an effort to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

Agent Lonnie Swartz “calmly and deliberately” walked up to the border fence and fired 16 shots in less than 34 seconds at 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez on Oct. 10, 2012, hitting him 10 times including twice in the head, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Sue Feldmeier said in her opening statement.

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