Mar 17, 2010, 6:28 PM
Post #1 of 13
From MP3 and El Universal.
El Universal (Mexico City) 3/15/10
More cops and robbers
Four policemen of Cuautitlan, state of Mexico, were arrested in connection with the murder of eleven drivers of vehicles beginning in November of 2009. The victims were assassinated to take their cell phones, credit cards, and amounts of cash varying from 300 to 15,000 pesos. Evidence against the four included the use of the victims’ credit cards and, in one of the assaults, the use of a firearm issued by the police agency. A fifth member of this group remains loose.
[Portions of an op/col. by Felix Fuentes, titled “On the Line”, follow.]
Due to the intense bloodbath and the wave of terror that extend through the Republic, the population claims an immediate halt from the federal and state governments to the panic imposed by the drug cartels. President Calderon promised to detain the ones guilty of the triple homicide suffered by personnel of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. He ought to say the same to the families of the nearly 18 thousand dead recorded during his administration, carried out by the underworld.
People from nearly the whole country cry for their dead, raise their voice and demand an end to this climate of fear and insecurity, suffered by the unstoppable advance of criminality.
From Tijuana to Matamoros, and from Sinaloa to Quintana Roo, passing through Durango, Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tabasco, the cartels kidnap, make martyrs of the victims, kill, decapitate, mutilate and dismember bodies, for the purpose of causing terror throughout. Ciudad Juarez, already with 480 victims of execution this year, and considered the world’s most insecure metropolis, made world news due to the close range assassinations of Lesley Ann Enriquez and her husband Arthur H. Rodelf. Both worked in the U.S. Consulate, and they shot them in their car. Also killed was Jorge Albert Salcido, a Mexican employee of the same diplomatic post.
A month ago President Calderon traveled to Ciudad Juarez twice, and, amidst reproaches and speeches, he promised to return tranquility to the people of Juarez. Nothing was gained. The executions continued, such as the nine that took place yesterday in the state, and some eight more, of thugs killed by Navy personnel at a ranch. The killings multiply in tourist centers, such as Acapulco, where there were 43 deaths in two days, including two decapitated ones and a dismembered one. Uniformed police are favorite targets in the port where thugs impose panic, just when the season of spring-breakers started, many of who have cancelled their reservations or leave, fleeing to the United States.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations said they “guarantee the integrity of the persons”, be that of diplomats or of Mexican families in general. Nonsense. That agency, like so many others, is not capable of guaranteeing anything."