Juárez Mayor: “We are not Most Dangerous City”

Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía declared Saturday in a written statement: “We are not the most violent and dangerous city in the country anymore, but we are holding the fourth place.”

The mayor did not mention which cities in Mexico were numbers one, two and three. As of last Friday, May 27, 2011, 843 people had been killed in the city so far this year.

Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía 

In honor of the mayor’s statement, the following day, Sunday, there were nine murders in Ciudad Juarez.


Julián Leyzaola Pérez Goes to Ciudad Juarez

Julián Leyzaola Pérez, the former chief of police of Tijuana, who moved up to be the Deputy Secretary for the state of Baja California last December, has resigned his position to take the new position of Chief of Police of Ciudad Juarez. Ciudad Juarez is the deadliest city on the planet, with more than 3,100 murders last year. Going with Leyzaola to Ciudad Juarez is Jorge Eduardo Montero Álvarez, the former chief of police of Playas de Rosarito. Montero was currently the director of the Baja California State Institute of Public Security.

Fulano’s comment: Those two guys have to have the biggest huevos in Mexico.

Link to article in Spanish.


US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez Closed for Security

AP – MEXICO CITY — The U.S. closed its consulate in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday pending a security review, an unexpected decision that comes months after drug gangs killed three people tied to the consulate.

The U.S. Embassy announced the consulate will “remain closed until the security review is completed” and said it would reschedule appointments for visa applications.

In other news, the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq remains open for business.