June 30, 2015
06/30/15 Fox News Latino
The group of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, experts investigating the disappearance of 43 education students in southern Mexico last year said Monday that the government was acting slowly in granting access to soldiers from the 27th Battalion based in Iguala.
The five members of the group said in a press conference in Mexico City that they received a response from the government on Sunday that said “the state continues analyzing the source of the request.”
June 23, 2015
6/22/15 Latin Post
Some 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.
June 2, 2015
The southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero is facing a tense security dynamic in the lead-up to mid-term elections. In a recent article for Americas Quarterly I explained, “Security problems in Guerrero will provide a serious test for Mexico’s elections. […] The state is home to a mix of drug trafficking groups, their offshoots and affiliated street gangs, as well as militant teachers groups and armed leftist guerrilla groups.” The race is a close competition between Héctor Astudillo Flores, the candidate from the PRI party of Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto and Beatrice Mojica Morga, a candidate from the leftist PRD party.
Carlos Petersen, a Mexico analyst at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, told me that “regardless of the generalized discontent and the political crisis the government is facing since the last quarter of 2014, the PRI still has an advantage and will remain the strongest political force in the lower house.”
May 8, 2015
Mexican police arrested one of the senior police officers accused of involvement in the disappearance of a group of 43 student teachers last year, the country’s interior ministry said on Thursday.
Francisco Salgado, 41, was the deputy head of the police in the southwestern city of Iguala, where 43 student teachers went missing in September last year. The government says the group was detained by corrupt police officers who handed them over to a local drug gang that killed them and then incinerated their bodies.
May 4, 2015
ABC News, 5/2/2015
An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.
Jalisco state was relatively calm the day after gunmen set fire to cars, buses, banks and gasoline stations and trade gunfire with soldiers and police. The violence erupted after security forces launched a campaign against the cartel Friday.