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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Attacks on Press Rose Under Mexican President Peña Nieto: Report

March 25, 2015

Latin Dispatch, 3/25/2015

censorshipAttacks on Mexican journalists have risen since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the press freedom organization Article 19. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 328 so-called “aggressions” targeted journalists, up from an average of 182 a year under Peña Nieto’s predecessor Felipe Calderón. Six journalists were murdered in 2014.

Nearly half of those threats, according to the report, came from government officials.

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Mexico Steps Up Migration Enforcement, But Is It Working?

March 24, 2015

By David Agren, USA Today, 3/21/2015

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestSALTILLO, Mexico — Eulio Iglesias, 50, spent eight days traveling through Mexico last year in a bid to cross into the United States before he was stopped at the Texas border and returned to his native El Salvador.

This year, the same attempted journey — an effort to get back to New York City where he worked in hotels and restaurants for 20 years, and still has children — took him twice as long. That’s because Mexican authorities have increased immigration enforcement, forcing him to ride rickety vans and buses down back roads, bribe police to avoid being detained and ply circuitous paths on foot to evade patrols and checkpoints.

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Mexico: Elite Police Officers Slain

March 24, 2015

By Paulina Villegas, New York Times, 3/20/2015

gun - crime sceneA new, elite federal police unit intended to be a premiere force against drug gangs suffered its biggest loss this week when five members were killed in an ambush, federal officials said Friday, raising questions among analysts about the unit’s training. The ambush, in Jalisco State on Thursday, left five other people dead, including two civilian bystanders and three of the presumed attackers, officials said. The officers belonged to the Gendarmerie, a 5,000-officer division of the federal police formed last year by President Enrique Peña Nieto to go after organized-crime groups hurting economic interests in various trouble spots in an effort to ease foreign investors’ concerns about safety. The officers were in a convoy patrolling an industrial corridor in Ocotlan when they came under gunfire from more than a dozen vehicles. It was unclear what prompted the attack.

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Mexico Supreme Court Frees Man After 23 Years in Jail

March 20, 2015

BBC News, 3/19/2015

handcuffsThe Mexican Supreme Court has ordered the release of Alfonso Martin del Campo Dodd, a Mexican-American who was jailed in 1992 for the murder of his sister and brother-in-law.

The court ruled that Mr Martin del Campo’s confession had been extracted under torture and that there was no other evidence against him.

Mr Martin del Campo said police had placed a plastic bag over his head to make him confess to the double murder.

He is expected to be freed shortly.

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Mexico Condemns Run of Mexican Citizens Killed by US Police

March 3, 2015

ABC News, 2/2/2015

mexican-flag1For the third time in less than a month, the Mexican government has condemned the killing of one of its citizens by police in the United States.

The Mexican government on Monday said in a statement that it had called on the U.S. Justice Department to look at the cases for suspected excessive force.

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In Mexico, Protesters Drive Bus into Police Lines; 12 Injured

February 25, 2015

Fox News, 2/25/2015

guerreroProtesters drove a bus into police lines in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, injuring at least seven officers, according to Mexican federal officials.

The Interior Department said that five protesters also were injured in the confrontation Tuesday evening, which came after thousands of protesters had tried to block entrances to the Acapulco airport, prompting police to ferry tourists to the terminal in trucks.

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