Mexico News-June 20
Posted by the Generals on June 28, 2011, 3:13 pm
Subject: Mexico News DAILY June 20, 2011 |
LatinNews Daily - 20 June 2011
Mexico hails results of security sweep
Development: On 19 June the Mexican government revised its estimate of how many people had been arrested in the first week of a national security drive up from 1,700 to 3,705.
Significance: Security experts had dismissed the first figure as fewer than the number of alleged criminals the judicial system released every day due to lack of evidence. The government argues that the security drive (known as ‘Conago 1’) is important because it is the first time that the 300,000 police, from the country’s 32 state police forces, have acted in a coordinated fashion.
• The government’s attempt to use the police to improve security follows the disastrous use of the army to make a major arrest, of Jorge Hank Rhon, the politically well-connected ex-mayor of Tijuana, on 4 June. The army apparently failed to video the arrest, so Hank’s lawyers were able to argue, successfully, that the arsenal of weapons found in Hank’s house had been planted there. Hank was released twice in a day, first by a federal court then by a state court after he was re-arrested, on 14 June.
• The government expects to give a final figure for ‘Conago 1’ later today (20 June). On 22 June Gil Kerlikowske, the head of the White House’s office of National Drug Control Policy, is due to visit Mexico to discuss anti-drugs policy.
• Separately, seven municipal policemen were arrested in the state of Veracruz for their alleged part in the murder of a marine. In the past 10 days, two other marines on active service in the state have been kidnapped and murdered, as has a marine in Sinaloa.
• On 18 and 19 June at least 14 people were killed in Morelia, Michoacán, and another eight in Monterrey, Nuevo León. The cities may have been targeted by gangsters for the killings, and the very public dumping of bodies, because they hosted the opening matches of the Fifa U-17 World Cup.
• A leaked report, commissioned by the public security committee of the chamber of deputies, found that since President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa took office in 2006, 23,000 youngsters have joined the gangs; 10,000 children have been orphaned; and 120,000 people have been displaced.
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