As today is a made-up celebration called “Earth Day,” be sure to have beef for dinner…
Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’
The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.
The battle on Friday followed two other recent unprecedented attacks by the cartel, one that killed 15 state police officers and another that shot down an army helicopter with a rocket launcher for the first time in Mexico’s history. The death toll from all three is at least 76 people at a time when the Mexican government claims crime is falling dramatically and the interior minister recently insisted the country “is not in flames.”
The suspects were members of “a criminal organization whose main operating zone is Jalisco state,” National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. He did not specifically the Jalisco New Generation cartel, but the drug gang dominates the area where the battle erupted and has grown rapidly in recent years to become one of Mexico’s biggest organized crime groups.
Remember that the New Generation cartel previously shot down a police helicopter.
Promoting themselves as ‘guardians of the people’ the gang, based in Guadalajara in Jalisco state, is one of the first cartels to communicate directly with the public by hanging banners around the city with messages of solidarity and posting videos online of vigilante justice.
Following a coordinated attack on a police convoy last month which caused the deaths of 15 police officers, the New Generation hung banners around Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city, proclaiming that ‘the cartel wishes to aid and defend the citizens against The Zetas, The Knights Templar [two other major cartels and rivals] and the abusive authorities’.
The Knights Templar are a drug cartel? I smell a new Dan Brown novel in the works…
In a follow-up to my previous pieces, protestors have set fire to the ruling PRI party’s building in the state of Guerrero. Also, I missed this earlier, but the U.S. state department has warned Americans away from most of Guerrero.
Violent clashes between police and protestors in Acapulco:
Here’s author Alfredo Corchado on the situation is Mexico. “I think what happened in Guerrero confirms everything. The situation is very clear. There’s corruption among the authorities with the drug cartels, the organized crime.”
And here’s a photo gallery. Ignore the dumbass Ferguson comparison.
More than isolated incidents, less than a revolution…
The news reports are downplaying last night’s Mexican protests, saying they only succeeded in setting the front door of the ceremonial National Palace alight.
The dramatic pictures of burning trucks appear to be from Chilpancingo, the capital of the state of Guerrero, which also contains Ayotzinapa, where the massacred students hailed from.
There are also reports of the PRI Mayor in Oaxaca authorizing police to fire on protestors.
Vaguely related: A New York Times reporter gets shaken down by a crooked cop in Mexico.
Doesn’t look like the American MSM have caught up, but Mexico’s National Palace appears to be on fire tonight:
— Insurrection News (@InsurrectNews) November 9, 2014
— ThinkMexican (@ThinkMexican) November 9, 2014
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 9, 2014
Government buildings are on fire in other parts of Mexico as well.
This is the combination of years of endemic corruption, stagnation and incompetence by the government (and especially the ruling PRI party), but most recently the deaths of 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa who were “abducted by police on order of a local mayor, and are believed to have been turned over to a gang that killed them and burned their bodies before throwing some remains in a river” just to keep the mayor from being embarrassed by their protests, was the match that set off the explosion.
Fun how people get upset when you kill off children for political reasons.
It seems that significant portions of Mexico are fire tonight, and America’s national media seems asleep at the switch…
Democratic Party candidate for Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Constable Robert “Bobby” Maldonado has a little problem. He’s been charged with money-laundering, as police found money in the trunk of his car.
$1,068,930, to be precise.
One might wonder why someone with that much money was bothering to run for office at all, but I suspect being Constable would offer up a lot more lucrative avenues for Mr. Maldonado as a cartel’s man on the inside of law enforcement.
(Hat tip: Must Read Texas.)