Police abuse in Tecate

Translated by Fulano from an article in Zeta Tijuana.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Sr. Roberto Ramírez Mendoza, 43 years old, under went a second operation to repair torn intestines which Tecate municipal police tore with a beating the night of Friday February 10 and early Saturday morning, February 11. In the same event was also attacked his wife Sonia and his two minor sons, Alejandro, 15, and Eduardo, 17. Eduardo is was hospitalized after the attack. He had surgery to his heart and was suffocated at least twice, according to what he can recall.

During the morning of February 11, the Tecate police department issued a press release about the events, which was published in several news outlets, however that press release from the police is different. They say that the family had pursued, threatened and attacked a Tecate municipal police officer, who was injured.

According to what the victims said, the attacked involved police officers named Álvarez, Casillo and Cuevas (who had been arrested in May, 2016 for beating and kidnapping a child), and some other police officers who had not been identified in the police department photo album. “Some 10 patrol vehicles came,” they said, and the attack was near police headquarters.

The version from the police has several loose ends.

At first, the authorities had said nothing about the police officer presumably being attacked, nor his state of health. ZETA was told it was a police officer named Álvarez, who has scrape on his wrist and hand.

The weapon supposedly used in the attack was finally reported to be a toy gun, and later a BB gun, and this is not in the state Attorney General’s files.

When the four family members were freed, they were given a fine of 500 pesos (US$25) for infractions.

The two minor victims, one with a heart problem, were beaten, handcuffed, and the 15 year old was in jail for several hours (including part of the time with his injured father), and both these actions are violations of the law. The 17-year old had his wallet stolen and not returned.

It took two hours to free them from jail after they paid the 500 pesos fine. This is considered kidnapping.

In this context, the family denied having attacked:”…if we are such criminals, why did they let us go,” said the father, and then added: “…this matter of the pistol was told to me by a police officer when I was in the hospital. Before that I was at the Red Cross. They told me they found my pistol in the Tundra, and I told them let’s see if there are fingerprints because I do not own a pistol.”

Former Morena party candidate in Baja California Sur boasts of having influence and covers up that her son beat a woman

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

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La Paz, Baja California Sur . Via Facebook a video was posted were a La Paz woman accused the son of the former candidate for deputy for the IV Local District for the MORENA party, Araceli Lozano, of beating her last Wednesday, causing visible injuries to her face and body.

“The person who hit me is her son, and he hit me on Wednesday, then I received threatening telephone calls from the woman, she was a former candidate for deputy and her son hit me. They boasted they have a lot of leverage and her political party will back her up, the MORENA party. I posted a comment on her Facebook page and made my comments. As soon as they were posted, they were erased. I also posted this on the Facebook page for president of MORENA, and it was erased, and the Facebook page for Baja California Sur also has me blocked.”

Ángel Martín Lucero Lozano, is the attacker reported by Señor Roarito Macarina Pérez García, who had hit her and left bruises on her face. She also reported that the youth had made fun of her, making signs and gross insinuations and threatening he will hit her again. The victim went to the offices of the state Attorney General this Saturday to ask for intervention from the agency head, Erasmo Palemón Alamilla Villeda.

“Yesterday he was going around threatening a and mocking me, and saying he was going to do it again, and made signs and laughed, his mother too. I came out and looked around and they were smiling, they are mocking me. Taking justice into their own hands, but I don’t want to fall into these types of things…I want things to be done properly, and I filed my complaint.”

The victim said this happened when she was in the attacker’s house, invited by the attacker’s sister. It was then that the youth hit her and took her purse, taking 3,000 pesos (US$150.)

“On that day the young man hit me, taking advantage that I was in his home, invited by his sister, he took advantage and grabbed my purse and took 3,000 pesos. His sister told me she would testify when I called her because she saw how he hit me, and he hits her too whenever he feels like it, but she is afraid to file a complaint.

The victim said she has also received threats from the youth and his mother, who said they have a lot of “leverage” and her complaint will not be investigated. For that reason the victim has asked for intervention from the governor of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis.

The complaint is LPA1604, taken by a Public Minister named Valdez Valdez. Currently, the aggressor’s mother serves as the secretary of the MORENA party.

Yellow cab drivers in Tijuana beat and rob an American tourist from San Diego

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

TIJUANA, BC, February 23, 2017 – On the social networks there is a video circulating and a complaint against the Yellow cab drivers, where an American citizen, a resident of San Diego, is brutally beaten and robbed by members of the Yellow cab union, according to what can be seen in the video.

Apparently, the victim was confused for an Uber driver. He showed photos of the bruises and attacks he suffered. He complained that last night he decided to cross into Tijuana via the El Chaparral border station.

According to what the victim said, because of the kind of car he was driving, he thinks he was confused with being an Uber driver and then attacked by at least 10 Yellow cab drivers.

In spite of his screams for help and desperation, he said, no police office approached as he was being attacked. In the video, which is 30 seconds long, one can see six people, one of them wearing the typical yellow shirt, and the rest with dark jackets, as the vicitm lay in the street a few meters away. The victim, who was wearing tan Bermuda shorts and a white shirt, was raising his hand to his face, checking how many hits he had received only seconds earlier.

In the text of the complaint, the victim said those same yellow cab drivers took his wallet, cell phone and watch, and thanked a passerby who took photos and videos of the evidence. He repeated that in spite of people screaming for the municipal police to come help, nobody approached until the criminals had left the location.

The American said that the Yellow cab drivers had not reason to even think he was an Uber driver, as his license plates were from California, which makes it illegal to provide such services on the Mexican side of the border and that there was a foreigner in the vehicle.

The victim said he is an auto salesman at a well know dealership in San Diego, who also complained of the attitude of the Tijuana Municipal police who took his report of the attack, and said the municipal police “were angry and I did not feel safe with them.”

Finally, the victim of the attack, who has to recover from the large visible injuries to his face, said that “it is useless to file a complaint,” and said he will not return to Mexico for a long, long time.

Baja California Sur, a paradise bathed in blood

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

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MEXICO CITY – February 21, 2017 – Baja California Sur had been at the margin of the violence which has hit the rest of Mexico, but in the last two years, the crime rate and levels of violence have rebounded, which has placed it among the states with the most murders linked to organized crime.

The figures show an increase: in 2014 there were 84 murders [not counting manslaughter], while in 2016 there were 225, an increase of 167%.

The murders reported in 2016 in Baja California Sur exceed those in Hidaglo (157), which has four times the population.

The crimes are mainly concentrated in La Paz.

In September, 2016, the federal government announced that the municipality of La Paz is among the 50 most violent municipalities in Mexico.

Extortion has also grown in Baja California Sur, going from 38 complaints in 2014 to 123 in 2016, which is a 223% increase.

Complaints of extortion in this state are similar to states where drug cartels are battling each other, as in Tamaulipas (108) and Sinaloa (114).

If Trump abandons NAFTA, it will not be the end of the world

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ensenada.net.

Corruption damages Mexico more

If the United States decides to leave the Free Trade Agreement, it “would not be the end of the world,” said the national president of the Employers Confederation of Mexico (Coparmex), Gustavo de Hoyos Walther. Corruption does more economic damage to Mexico.

This Monday, this business sector leader was sworn in to the board of directors of the Ensenada delegation, where Jorge Nava Jiménez was re-elected director of the organization for the second year. The event took place at the Paraíso Las Palmas Hall.

He explained that if the US decides to leave, the World Commerce Organization rules will become effective, and will give a preferential status to all Mexican products, which will have a rate of 2.5%. But Mexico could impose import duties up to 25%.

“Although it is desirable for NAFTA to remain in place, but not at any cost, not everything is negotiable because a bad treaty will be a worse scenario than reverting to the general trade regulations,” he said.

He bemoaned that impunity persists in Mexico, as the Inspector General of Mexico has delivered to Congress elements and strong proof of how the public treasury has been looted and nothing happens.

“The system is corrupt, and the Inspector General’s observations are not allowed to be converted into criminal complaints, trials or prison sentences for those responsible.” In addition, he estimates that Mexico loses between 9% to 10% of its budget to corruption.

“The corruption has been wining, many are responsible and Mexican society has been tolerant, it appears to us the time for change has arrived, but in Coparmex we have decided to stop being passive about this,” he said.

This is now being discussed with the national anti-corruption system, made up of authorities and a citizen’s committee, to break up the perverse circle of complicity and bring corruption to an end, he summarized.

We are concerned how presidents come and go and investigations do not move forward in the federal government on the illegal use of public funds.

44 murders in 48 days in Los Cabos

Translated by Fulano from an article in Metropolmx.com.

San José del Cabo – February 17, 2017 – In spite of the strong presence of the gendarmes and the coordination between the federal, state and municipal government, the violence is at a peak and it appears to be unstoppable in the tourist destination of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

In just the first 17 days of February, according to the last count by Metrópoli, the number of deaths reached 13 this Friday, and when added to the 31 for last January, gives a total of 44 in a record 48 days.

[Fulano’s comment: The municipality of Los Cabos has a population of 287,671. With one murder per day, the homicide rate is 127 per 100,000. Move over Rosarito, you have been passed up.]

Tourist bus attacked in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

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TIJUANA, BC February 9, 2017 – At least 10 foreign tourists is a tourist bus going from the Tijuana Airport to the border crossing were affected when the vehicle was they were traveling in with attacked with rocks.

According to what stated by the president of “Ticketon,” Carlos Díaz, after 5PM this Thursday, a group of “paid” people, he said without saying just who paid them, were the cause of the attack on the passengers who were aboard bus No. 16, which ended up with broken windows from the rocks thrown by an undetermined number of subjects.

The business owner said the luxury bus, which had a capacity of 33 passengers, was attacked in colonia Libertad, at the Soriana on calle 16, at the black bridge. The driver was forced out of the bus and American coming from the Tijuana Airport and going to the United States were attacked. Some of the tourists had distant destinations, like Los Angeles.

“While we struggle to attract tourists, ‘they’ are boycotting the city by chasing them away,” said Díaz.

The business owner warned that he will ask for a meeting with the police to prevent what he calls “terrorism.”

President of Mexico greets 135 Mexicans deported from the US at Mexico City airport

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC.

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Mexico City – February 7, 2017 – President Enrique Peña Nieto met with migrants deported from the United States who arrived today at the Mexico City International Airport.

The chief executive spoke with the 135 migrants, some of them were detained two months ago by US Immigration and were deported today.

According to personnel with the Unemployment Insurance Program of the Mexico City Secretary of Labor, starting on January 30, another flight has been added for deportees from the US. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 135 deportees had arrived in Mexico, but two weeks ago another flight on Monday has been added.

They said the deportee “are mostly angry and sad,” as after living more than 10 years in the United States and having their entire family there, they are returned to Mexico.

Some of them will remain in Mexico, while other decided to return to the United States.

Ramón Barajas, originally from Tamazula, Jalisco, who was deported for the second time, said that the President welcomed them and spoke to them about the programs the federal government has for repatriated  migrants, like the program We Are Mexicans.

He said he questioned Peña Nieto about the guarantees being offered if they remain in Mexico and “start working, start a business: “What guaranteed are you going to give us? That the business will be successful? That the criminals will not come to collect their protection money?  Because of all that we left, and also for the salaires. There are jobs here, but the salaries, what do have to tell us about those?”

Ramón Barajas had lived 18 years in the United States. He was arrested in Colorado, where he lived when he applied for a drivers’ license. He left his wife and four children in Colorado

In Mazatlán, a thin blue line separates life and death

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC.

Mazatlán, January 31, 2017 – Yes, it is possible to divide paradise from Hell. Mazatlán authorities did so with a blue line, a stripe in the streets and avenues in important sectors of this city where Mexican and foreign tourists can go of they don’t want to place themselves in danger, including death.

The line starts at the pier, where tourists arrive on cruise ships. It crosses calle Emilio Barragán, it enters the sector called Playa Sur (between the pier and the historic downtown). It continues on avenida Carnaval, crosses bulevar Miguel Alemán, and ends at the steps of Plaza Machado and the Ángela Peralta Theater.

Whether or not one follows this stripe on a bicycle, afoot, in a taxi or in your own automobile could be the difference between finding yourself in the midst of a gunfight, our enjoying the Mazatlán sun, sea breeze, a cold beer at sunset or a coffee at the old seawall.

Mazatlán has gone rotten. Its violence is on a par with Culiacán, the state capital. In the first 30 days of 2017, there have been at least 106 murders in Sinaloa, 40 of them in Mazatlán and the remainder in Culicán and other municipalities.

The government of Quirino Ordaz Coppel began the last day of 2016, and the drug trafficking groups took note. Commander Juan Antinio Murillo, former Mazatlán chief of police and an official with the state attorney general, were shot two of their three bodyguards died.

Another two police officers, among them an operation supervisor with the Culiacán municipal police, were kidnapped on January 27, a police commander had a gunfight with a group of hit men in the capital.

Mazatlán, once a safe and peaceful port, with inhabitants who get up late and were shorts and sandals to work, of early drunkenness and eternal bohemian lifestyle, is sick with crime and violence caused by drug trafficking.

The Beltrán Levya Cartel, presumable in alliance with cells from the Jalisco Nueva Generación, fight to the death with the Sinaloa Cartel for the drug market in the state.

Up to eight murders in one day.

The crime rate in this region has increased since 2016. Rival cells from the Sinaloa Cartel have entered from the border with Nayarit and operate from Escuinapa, El Rosario, Concordia and Mazatlán. The mountainous area in the north of the municipality is a refuge for armed groups.

On one side is Hell, bullets, and nothingness. On the other side are the patrols, the police operations and the tourist guides. Everybody knows, even those selling tourist services and products, especially cruise ship service people, which leaves more income in the local economy.

Taxi drivers, owners and pulmonia drivers, and those offering small boat trips all know the have to follow the blue line.

The same is done with the violence. Little is said about it so as to not affect tourism. “Don’t even think about going to Lázaro,” said a Sinaloa university student to another who is not from Mazatlán. The Lázaro Cárdenas colonia is a couple of kilometers from downtown and and three or four streets from the blue line. There there are drugs, weapons, assaults, robberies and gunfights.

“It was raining bullets,” said the residents to reporters, when talking about what happened on December 2, 2016, when an armed group attacked the residents of Lázaro Cárdenas on calle Teniente Azueta. Three men died and another was wounded when he tried to flee in a motorcycle. So far this year, there have been up to eight murders in a single day in Mazatlán.

Police operations have been fruitless. With the new state government, around 1,800 military police are in the 18 state municipalities and this started in Mazatlán. January 27, 14 men were captured, most of the assailants, drug dealers, vandals and gangsters. Not one of the was a gunman for any of the bands. They, like a good boxer, enter, hit and go.

“The murders are talked about in hushed voices, so as to not affect tourism,” said a restaurant employee when asked about the wave of murders never before seen in Mazatlán, even less so in such a short period of time.

A taxi driver says it is “a problem between the drug people,” but “unfortunately it affects everybody.” He is fearful that once again the cruise lines will blacklist Mazatlán and tourists will stop coming.

When the cruise ships arrive at port, and before getting off the ships, the passengers are warned to follow the blue line. Along the blue line, the tourists come across municipal and state police, until they get to the main plaza or gardens, the cathedral and the market.

Following the line can be all the difference. Deviate from the blue line painted on the streets and sidewalks of the malecón means going into the backyard of this city, the second largest city in Sinaloa, stained with bodies with messages pinned to them, disrupted by the Hellish steps of gunmen from both bands.

For all this, the taxi drivers, tourist service providers and tourists follow the blue line. One has to follow it to remain apart from the Hell which adjoins the precarious and wounded paradise of Mazatlán.

Three murdered today in La Paz, one was a 60-year old man

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericu.

January 25, 2017 – The sound of firearms broke the silence this morning in colonia Esterito, at the corner of Serdán and Guerrero. There was a parked white and black Explorer, with license plates 072PMX4, with three people inside. It appeared they had been waiting for somebody, as they had been there for more than 10 minutes. Suddenly a dark pick-up approached and three people got out of its, surrounded the Explorer and started to shoot its occupants. The three lay there dead from the assassins’ bullets.

There were few witnesses. Those nearby ran for cover where they could. “Nobody saw anything, we don’t know, the truth is we were afraid, we protected ourselves as best we could,” some of the people told us and then left the location. They didn’t want to know more about what had happened.

“It was a black or grey pick-up, and the three assassins got out of it, shot many times. The people inside the SUV had no time to do anything, they could not defend themselves, they were left inside,” said a person who did not want to reveal his name.

Residents started to come and look through the doors. We are curious, one of them told us, “he’s a relative, his name is César Armando Meza Hirales, he is 25 years old, he worked for API at Pichilingue.”

César Armando lay on the street beside the SUV he was driving when he arrived at the corner. He was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. On the front passenger side was another body, a young man wearing a yellow shirt, black jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes. He was on his knees on the street, laying against the car seat. In his right hand was a cell phone. As of the moment he has not been identified.

With his feet on the street and leaning against the rear seat of the Explorer lay another body, which appeared to be 60 years old, and who was identified by the state attorney general, but we could not obtain his name. He wore a burgundy shirt, black pants and brown shoes.