At Rosartio’s Cabo Delfin beach, police are harassing and extorting visitors

Translated by Fulano from an aritcle in Ecos de Rosarito.

The beach at Cabo Delfín, on boulevard Popotla, is turning into a dangerous area due to the constant abuses and robberies committed by the municipal police against the “parking attendants” and people who come to pass some time admiring the view of the beach from the Cabo Delfín lookout point, among all are couples and groups of friends.

Residents of the location complained that the police always come to the location to pick up parking attendants and whatever visitors they want, with the goal of “taking” money.

During the day a small two-door patrol vehicle is seen, meanwhile it is at night that they show their faces. They work in a pick-up which they usually fill up with detained people, many of them visitors.

According to the local people, in the beach area of Cabo Delfín there is a scenic viewpoint where every day vehicles with couple or groups of friends park to pass some time, without paying anything for parking as the area is in the federal zone.

At the location are various “parking attendants,” known to the locals as people who make a living caring for and cleaning cars, as well as picking up trash the visitors leave.

Just to be allowed to work and not be arrested, they have to give the largest part of their income to the police who supposedly come to bring order.

“It is something very ugly that they come to take what little money is earned, because these are men who are out of work and it is the only income they have,” said a resident.

Not just satisfied with stealing money from the “parking attendants,” the same is also done with couples who come to enjoy the beach, using the pretext that they are doing something immoral or drinking beer inside their vehicle.

“At night it is worse. The patrol car approaches with its light turned off and with all the arrogance in the world the police get out and start to mistreat and arrest those people who are in their vehicles. They pull them out and search them. They threaten them with arrest. As such, the victims would rather give them some money so their stay is not ruined.”

Residents think this is a harmful practice detrimental to developing tourism, as these same police officers are the ones who make playa Cabo Delfín a dangerous place, where visitors suffer from humiliation and theft.

As such, they are asking the appropriate authorities to take notice of the matter and stop the police from continuing to damage Rosarito and its people.

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Tijuana: Father hangs his two children then commits suicide

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

TIJUANA.- “When I opened the door, there were the three hanging from the roof,” described Silvia Villaseñor, grandmother of the children, haltingly and with a low voice .

The woman, also the mother of the murderer, while still in shock, spoke of what happened yesterday afternoon in her home located on calle Lucio Cabañas in ejido Maclova Rojas, a rural area which lacks services, located East of the border city of Tijuana.

“I didn’t hear any music, and then,” she remembered, “I got up and went over there, but I could not open the door as it was locked from inside.”

The woman returned to her home made from scraps of lumber that is separated from the home of her offspring by a hallway that is three feet wide.

Miguel Ángel Ramirez, 23 years old, had hung a cord from the roof which he used to hang Willian Eduardo, 6 years old, and Dania Yosari, 4 years old.

The boy was the son of his ex-spouse Jaden Marlen Millán Gallardo, 21 years old, the girl was the daughter of both of them.

It was five in the afternoon when Silvia decided to go get the keys and open the door to the 9 foot by 6 foot room, where once lived Miguel and Jaden together.

When she finally managed to open it, she saw her grandchildren and her son were dead, as he had committed suicide in the same way.

“He loved her, he went looking for her, but I believe he found out she was going with somebody else and this is what made him do what he did,” said the grandmother.

The mother of the children found out about the deaths at the same time, as she lived on the same street.

As of now, no authorities have approached the grieving people, who don’t know how to bury Miguel Ángel and his children as they have no money.

Only police and paramedics came to the home Saturday afternoon to perform the preliminary investigation and take away the bodies to the coroner.

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Rosarito taxis abuse foreign tourists

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

While some taxi guilds do it “under the water,” others do it right out in the open.

These are the taxi guilds that use a double fare structure on their routes. One for Mexicans and the other a little higher for Americans.

Tourists and tourist sector representatives have been witness to this abusive and discriminatory practice used by taxi drivers, and even those in charge of the central radio dispatch of some guilds.

According to the taxi drivers, it is a common practice in all the transportation guilds, however, most of them do it “under the water,” and not like at the taxi stand of Primo Tapia Union Eco Taxis of Primo Tapia and La Misión, A.C., which via telephone reported the dual fares they use for Mexicans and Americans.

This information was requested by the former president of the Rosarito Tourism and Conventions Committee, Citlalitl Pereda Gómez, to then report to some customers who will soon visit Rosarito and who do not want to drive their vehicles.

“And much to my surprise, upon asking for prices I received the following fares:
Mision Viejo to Rosarito: 140 pesos (US$10.75) for Mexicans and US$25 for Americans, for an increased commission.
Gaviotas to Rosarito: 140 pesos (US$10.75) for Mexicans and US$20 for Americans”, he pointed out.

On the same internet portal, Pereda Gómez lamented that transportation leaders and transport authorities just cross their arms on all this, which diminish the efforts to reactivate tourism and offer a pleasant stay for all visitors, irrespective of where they came from.

“It is not the cost nor the exchange rate difference, we know we have problems with the cost of gasoline which is very expensive, it is the act of having different fares for the same service and route. If a service is worth one dollar, it should be the same for everybody. There should be no differences,” he cautioned.

He bemoaned that the municipal authorities, including PROFECO (Mexican consumer protection agency), don’t straighten out the fares and force the taxi guilds to display their fares to customers at their taxi stands.

“I have seen some large Mexican ports and I have noticed that the taxi stands have their fares displayed and there is only one fare structure,” he said.

For their part, taxi drivers from other guilds complained that the taxi guild offices tell them about differential fares, and it is still a common practice, and many taxi drivers use that criteria when they see foreign passengers get in.

“All the taxi guilds do this. When a driver sees that it is an American, they charge in dollars and a little more. But from that to the central office telling about differential rates via telephone, is a shame,” said a cabbie.

A member of the Businessmen United for the Reactivation of Rosarito Tourism asked the responsible authorities to regulate the fares and obligate the taxi guild to place them in plain view of customers, as few now do it.

 

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San Quintín, Baja Calfiornia police steal cell phone

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano

SAN QUINTÍN – Once again the municipal police of this town have been implicated in a theft of a cell phone, an event which occurred last Sunday at San Simón de Abajo.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear, went to the Municipal Ombudsman to make a complaint, as last Sunday policemen from the municipal police department stole his cell phone from his vehicle.

He reported that at 9PM as he was driving on the Tranpeninsular Highway, at San Simón de Abajo, he got a flat tire and he had to pull over to the right side.

He said that moments later a Municipal Police patrol car arrived and the officers arrogantly started to question him, then moments later told him they will have to search his vehicle.

The car and the victim were searched, but the citizen did not notice when the police stole his cell phone from the vehicle, and then left without offering any help.

“I thought they came to help me, as they are supposed to protect and serve, but it was the opposite, they carried on arrogantly and ended up stealing my cell phone,” said the victim.

He said that when he went to look for his cell phone and could not find it, he called it with another cell phone he was carrying, but the cell phone was not answered, so he asked for help from a relative who is a Municipal police officer.

He also asked for help from another police officer, who said she will do all she can to help get his cell phone back. “Last Monday, the woman police officer called and said, ‘I have your cell phone now'”.

The victim went to meet he female Municipal Police officer, who delivered the telephone that her own working companions from the police department had stolen from inside his vehicle.

The victim went before the Municipal Ombudsman to make a formal complaint against the Municipal Police who stole his cell phone, and they will have to provide their side of the events which happened last Sunday.

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador asks Mexican president to tell foreign business to “go fuck off”

Translated by Fulano from an article in Milenio.

Mexico – Former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked president Enrique Peña Nieto to postpone his proposed energy reform, not for 10 days, but forever.

At the end of the swearing in of a representational committee of the National Regeneration Movement in Coyoacán, the former Governor of the Federal District of Mexico said he is making a “respectful” call upon Peña Nieto to not give in to pressure from foreign businesses and to tell them to “go fuck off.”

“The people of Mexico will thank you, and for that I respectfully ask Enrique Peña Nieto to think hard and to forget about reforming Article 27 of the Constitution. To do otherwise will be the theft of the century.”

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Widower of stabbed woman accuses Ensenada paramedics of negligence

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ensenada.net.

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Alejandro Francisco Reyes Varela, the widower of Cristina Labrenz, who was attacked with a knife last July 31, 2013, and then died in the General Hospital, pointed out the deficiencies in medical attention in Ensenada, from the emergency room at the hospitals, the equipment in the ambulances, the training of the paramedics and including the decisions made at diverse levels.

At a press conference, Reyes Varela, who is specialist doctor in urgent care and who works at the IMSS, said that from his experience, he could detect irregularities in the medical attention provided his wife by the Red Cross, General Hospital and Central Command. Medical attention he characterized as ridiculous, disagreeable, embarrassing, sad and unacceptable, in his words.

He said that his wife was attacked on Wednesday, July 31, and was attended to by a neighbor who managed to tell him that the person responsible was one his tenants. The neighbor, he added, called the police, who reported this to Central Command, which sent an ambulance to pick up the victim and take her to a hospital.

“For humanitarian reasons and using their own logic, they should take a person to the closest location where medical attention can be provided, and she was 500 meters from Vemar Hospital. They passed it up and took her to the General Hospital. Let it hurt where it hurts, but I say overall, any patient I send there is a patient who will die.”

Reyes Varela said that while he was beside his wife, who was still alive, he found two packages of unused saline solution, she was covered in dried blood. At that moment, he said she went into shock.

“Yes, it is true, I spoke many insults, and I said how is it possible they had no sense of humanity to have a person is these conditions, she was slashed up, full of blood, like a balled up animal.”

He explained that he tried to clean her, but he was told he could not as he could remove clues. He considered this as unjustified, and started to clean with a wet rag the face, arms and body of his wife.

Reyes Varela believes there was medical negligence, as a wounded patient must be attended to immediately, and must be stabilized at the location. Another irregularity he found was that the ambulance only had saline water and sugar water, and in the case of his wife, who lost blood, she should have received blood, plasma or other substances to substitute for the fluids lost.

He said that he asked the paramedics in the ambulance why the patient had not been immediately taken to a hospital, and they responded they did not have permission as they were not prepared for her.

“There was no place to take her…what stupidity, as an injured person is required by law to be accepted at any hospital.”

Reyes Varela’s unhappiness is with the Red Cross for not giving her medical attention at the location of the attack, for not taking her to a hospital or replenishing the fluids his wife was losing, which in this case would be blood. They should have had O Negative blood in the ambulance, he added.

Finally, he said he will file a lawsuit against those responsible. “I am not doing this to get my wife back as she is not coming back.”

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

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Worldwide Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks,  particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013.

Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services. U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.

We continue to work closely with other nations on the threat from international terrorism, including from al-Qa’ida. Information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

We recommend U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling abroad enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips.

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

American Citizen Services
United States Consulate General Tijuana
(52)664-977-2000
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