With Bloody Weekend, Mexico Exceeds 2012 Murder Count

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Nov 22, 2016, 6:59 pm
This weekend saw a wave of bloody gang-related violence in Mexico.
This weekend saw a wave of bloody gang-related violence in Mexico (Astrolabio).


Violence in Mexico continues at alarming rates, as the 2016 murder rate has already surpassed that of 2015. This past holiday weekeend saw 65 murders spread across nine states.

The state that reported the greatest number was Guerrero, with 30, while the most violent event was recorded in Tixtla where nine men were found within 20 meters of a ranch entrance, according to data provided by Roberto Álvarez, spokesman for the Coordination Group of Guerrero.

Gruesome scenes occurred throughout the Mexican Republic, as four corpses were found in pieces, tied up, inside black plastic bags, with signs of torture: a clear message from criminal groups linked to organized crime.

Mexican authorities attribute this wave of violence to the fight between organized crime. In the state of Guerrero this has largely manifested itself in a turf war between “Los Rojos” and “Los Ardilos”.

In the port city of Acapulco, 13 homicides were reported in different incidents. In one incident two sailors and two women were murdered. In another police discovered the bodies of two blacksmiths who had been reported missing on November 4. Their bodies were dismembered and left with a message for the Community Police in Tecampanera, who had blockaded roads and led protests to demand their release.

In the state of Zacatecas, located in central Mexico, an armed group entered a restaurant in the community “Un Nuevo Día”, shot five women, and fled the scene. According to the Ministry of Public Security, the five women knew each other and were also involved in the restaurant.

In the state of Morelos, 11 murders were reported, including two people found burned to death inside a van. In Sinaloa eight violent deaths were reported, while the states of Hidalgo, Michoacán and Oaxaca each reported three. Guanajuato reported two, and San Luis Potosí, one.

The bloody weekend’s murder count now marks 2016 as the most violent year in the country since 2012. said Alejandro Hope, an expert on security and justice issues.

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Chavista Paramilitary Activists Demand Presence in Dialogue

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Nov 22, 2016, 6:05 pm
Chavista paramilitary groups want a place at the negotiation table.

In an interview with El Encimbo published on November 22, several representatives of different groups related to former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez expressed their demand to be present in the dialogue between the Venezuelan dictatorship and the opposition, represented by the MUD (Roundtable of Democratic Unity. These paramilitary groups pledged to "defend the revolution in the streets." More than twenty groups were represented in the interview with the digital medium: Félix Velásquez from Izquierda Unida (United Left); Francis Álvarez, of the group "La Piedrita"; Leonel Amundaray, of the group Active Black Sheep (Activo Oveja Negra); And Vilikha Martínez, from the group Security and Defense of the Revolution. Read More: Venezuela's "Iron Lady" Calls for New Opposition Leadership After Failed "Dialogue" with Maduro Read More: Mercosur to Suspend Venezuela in December Over Treaty, Human Rights Abuses The armed groups "demand that President Nicolás Maduro include us at the table, as well as the victims and family members of the coup (against Chavez), oil strike, guarimbas (protests that close steets), and the February 12 protests, among others" reads El Encímulo. "The negotiation table is lacking important representation; especially the social movements that are in the streets defending the revolutionary process, which do not respond to the dictates of any specific party and have been termed 'radical chavismo' " said Félix Velásquez of United Left. They are skeptical of the current negotiations that are being carried out: "We will not accept the defeat of the achievements and advances of the revolutionary process," emphasized Velásquez. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); However, representatives of the various groups indicate that they have not yet submitted formal requests to participate in the dialogue, because "it is not easy to agree among the different parties." The groups maintain that "whenever it gets hard" they head to the streets to "defend the revolution and the government of Nicolás Maduro." They have public stated that there is communication between them and those who are representing the Venezuelan dictatorship at the negotiation table; but they have not yet participated in the dialogue because they want to represent "a true popular movement." While the representatives of the groups indicate that they "are willing to take up dialogue but also to defend the revolution in the street" they nonetheless have emphasized that they are not violent, and that they have been unfairly "demonized." Finally, they have contended that they are self-financing and that they do not depend upon the government for support. "Right now we are bringing food to the people. We do whatever we can to help the people, above all the most vulnerable" they point out. Read the full Stimulus interview here

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