17 Tourists Freed After Kidnapping in Mexico

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — Mexican authorities say leftist Zapatista sympathizers held 17 tourists for one day after clashing with government-aligned farmers near a frequently visited waterfall area in the southern state of Chiapas.

Officials say the tourists included Argentine, Canadian, French and Mexican nationals. The abductors freed the tourists Thursday after negotiating with the government.

Authorities say one of the farmers was killed and seven people were missing after a Wednesday confrontation that included fighting with sticks, stones, machetes and guns.

Prosecutors say local farmers administer the Agua Azul waterfall tourist area, but Zapatista sympathizers have been fighting for control of the area since 2000.

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Owner of Pekin 2000 Restaurant in Ensenada Kidnapped – Part 2

Two months ago, Fulano blogged about Manual Chion, 53-years old, and the owner of the Pekin 2000 Bar and Restaurant in the tourist zone of Ensenada who was kidnapped on September 22, 2010. Fulano finally found some more news on the event. It turned up in a Chinese language website

According to the article, two days after Manual Chion [his name is Sheng Kwong Wah in Chinese] was abducted his family was contacted by the kidnappers who demanded a ransom of over $100 million for his release. The family paid an undisclosed amount and Chion was released in a secret location. The article goes on to discuss the dangers to Chinese businessmen in Mexico, how most will not go out at night and have hired armed security guards. It discusses several kidnappings of Chinese businessmen in Mexico and how many have moved north of the border and commute to Mexico.

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8-Year Old Girl Kidnapped in La Paz

Lisset Soto Salinas

Thursday, October 15, 2010, 8-year old Lisset Soto Salinas, got off the bus after school in her neighborhood of Camino Real. She called her mother on her cell phone and said she got off the bus and was walking home. The 4th-grade student of Rosario Castellanos elementary school told her mother that a green SUV was following her, and then the phone call was cut off.

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8-Year Old Girl Kidnapped in La Paz

Lisset Soto Salinas

Thursday, October 15, 2010, 8-year old Lisset Soto Salinas, got off the bus after school in her neighborhood of Camino Real. She called her mother on her cell phone and said she got off the bus and was walking home. The 4th-grade student of Rosario Castellanos elementary school told her mother that a green SUV was following her, and then the phone call was cut off.

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Ensenada Army Captain Kidnapped and Murdered

AFN reports that Army Captain José Manuel Hernández Cossío was kidnapped four days ago and his body was found inside his Jeep Cherokee today in front of the Moreno funeral home, on the corner of Segundo and Reforma in Ensenada. The funeral home is directly across the street from Clinica Number 8. Reforma is the main highway south through town. Anybody heading south of Ensenada uses that road.

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Ensenada Army Captain Kidnapped and Murdered

AFN reports that Army Captain José Manuel Hernández Cossío was kidnapped four days ago and his body was found inside his Jeep Cherokee today in front of the Moreno funeral home, on the corner of Segundo and Reforma in Ensenada. The funeral home is directly across the street from Clinica Number 8. Reforma is the main highway south through town. Anybody heading south of Ensenada uses that road.

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Menos en Michoacán

Last Thursday, 20 men from the city of Morelia in the Mexican state of Michoacán were kidnapped in Acapulco. Most of the English language newspapers are saying that 22 were kidnapped. It was 20. The group arrived in a caravan of four cars for a vacation. One man got out to get some food, and another got out to arrange hotel rooms. When the two men returned, the four cars with the 20 men were gone.



Mexican military searches for 20 missing tourists in Acapulco

 On Saturday, police found the four cars abandoned in another part of Acapulco. Some of the more perverse asshats on Bajanomad wasted little time in trying to allay fears by immediately concluding that the kidnapped men were obviously part of some cartel and thus not “real” tourists. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Every single Mexican newspaper is reporting the same story, which none of those Mexico mavens can read, because the newspapers happen to be in Spanish.

The police have investigated the men. They are mechanics, tinsmiths, metal salesmen and construction workers. They are known to not be involved in any criminal enterprises. Five were brothers from one family and three were brothers from another family.

On September 25, seven other Michoacános disappeared and are presumed kidnapped. They were in a van en route to Manzanillo for a vacation. Among them is an American citizen named,  Bryan Hernández Arredondo. The men are all young professionals: administrators, a doctor, an engineer, and a student. Their van was found abandoned last Saturday.

That makes 27 less free Michoacános this week.

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