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Feb 10, 2015, 9:17 AM

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US Ambassador praises Veracruz Governor as a fighter for democracy

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U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne was featured in many Mexican newspapers February 8 in a photo shaking hands with and lauding Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa as a "fighter for democracy." In particular, he held up the Governor as strong defender of the freedom of the press.

The press freedom organization Article 19 has cited Veracruz as the most dangerous state of journalists, a hard to win title given the state of matters elsewhere in many Mexican states.

You may remember reading of the assasination of independent jounalist Moisés Sánchez back in January. Sánchez had been receiving death threats for about one year from Medellín de Bravo mayor Omar Cruz Reyes, whose agents apparently, according to the Veracruz state prosecutor, killed Sanchez. A court found as probable that a police official/driver/personal guard of the mayor, ordered the hit. Reports find Cruz Reyes to be an associate or ally of Duarte.

The National Commision in Defense of Human Rights (CNDH) expressed its continued concern. Jan. 26, with the repeated violations of the fundamental human rights of journalists and human rights workers in the state of Veracruz.

My concern in writing about this is not about the state of affairs in Mexico, about which I can do nothing and am legally (by Mexico) muted.

Rather, my concern is seeing the top U.S. representative in Mexico not only maintaining a closed mind with respect to what is going on here, but praising a man so many in Mexico hold in such low repute.

Worthy of mention is that,

"Organizers of the annual Hay Festival, a literary event that has been held in the state capital of Xalapa in October every year since 2010, announced Friday a change in venue to protest aggression against journalists in Veracruz. The festival will go digital instead in response to a petition signed by 300 writers and others who charged that Duarte’s government has been “one of Mexico’s fiercest enemies of the rights to freedom of expression, information and critical thought.” " (See Mexico News Daily citation below.)

Until he resigns, Wayne may well remain as Ambassador for the balance of the Obama administration. A promising nominee put forward in September withdrew her nomination recently after it was clear that it would be a continued victim of GOP ground warfare against the President.

Tone-deaf to what is going on here, is Wayne worthy of representing the USA? I welcome evidence that will affirm his worthiness!
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(Note that many of the 300 signers of the Xalapa festival cancellation petition are well known figures from outside of Mexico.)

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/...s-veracruz-governor/
http://www.sopitas.com/...o-de-moises-sanchez/ (see end of article)
http://www.sdpnoticias.com/...jo-de-moises-sanchez
http://voxxi.com/...e-withdrawal-mexico/



cbviajero

Feb 10, 2015, 10:19 AM

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Re: [Aaron+] US Ambassador praises Veracruz Governor as a fighter for democracy

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Tone-deaf to what is going on here, is Wayne worthy of representing the USA?

Well,he's an improvement over Lane Wilson...
The NYTimes is running an article tomorrow about the ex-governor of Oaxaca and his real estate holdings in New York that might be interesting.


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richmx2


Feb 12, 2015, 4:08 AM

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Both of the Obama Administration ambassadors here (Carlos Pascual and now Anthony Wayne) came here from Afghanistan... the mindset of the US Administration has been to see Mexico in terms of a war zone, needing US "assistance". Wayne is marginally less annoying than Tony Garza, who used to hector the Mexican officials (including President Fox) on the need to follow the US line. Clinton's Ambassador Jeffery Davadow (who stayed on during the first year of Bush's admin) was the last decent US Ambassador here.


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