Sunday, December 2, 2012

As new PRI administration gets under way, narcos send Enrique Peña Nieto a message: nothing has changed

Mexicans - and drug traffickers - anxiously await EPN's "new" national security strategy

Guadalajara -
Drug traffickers and organized crime sent newly installed president Enrique Peña Nieto an inaugural greeting card this weekend, reminding him they're still around.

In Torreón, a city in the state of Coahuila in north central Mexico, authorities discovered dismembered bodies early this morning. A local police commander reported, "We've found seven human trunks, all of them male, and different body parts such as hands, arms, legs and feet, as well as the heads. They were left in six black plastic bags."

The area is in hot dispute between Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. Both want to exercise exclusive dominion over lucrative drug routes north to the U.S. border.

Four police officers were also executed in Torreón by marauding hit squads. Brazen attacks on police and public security officials are chronic in Mexico's 72 month old drug war.

Altogether, at least 13 persons were killed during the first 24 hours of the Peña Nieto administration, which began at midnight Friday.

Dec. 4 - At a breakfast hosted by military leaders to honor their new commander-in-chief, president Peña Nieto once again confirmed that public security will remain entrusted to the armed forces until "peace is restored to Mexico." He reminded them that they are duty bound to respect human rights in the discharge of their duties, and that "absolute loyalty to the legally ordained government" is the sine qua non of their profession . . . almost like someone troubled by nightmares of a coup d'etat.

Dec. 19 - Enrique's challenging homework
Dec. 19 - In the land of the Sierra Tarahumara, narco traffickers wage open war against the poorest
Dec. 8 - Peña Nieto proceeds with plans for national gendarmerie, asks for $116 million USD funding
Dec. 8 - Extreme narco violence marks Peña Nieto's first week

Police executions
Commando squad attacks Guadalajara suburban police unit
Puerto Vallarta police chief survives hand grenade attack
Juárez police take refuge in fortress hotels to escape roaming cartel hit teams
Police are now primary targets of brazen daytime attacks in Ciudad Juárez
Revenge attack against Ciudad Juárez police patrol leaves one dead, five injured

Nearly 59,000 dead in Mexico's six year drug war
Mexican public security survey gives poor marks to Calderón, reveals little confidence in Peña Nieto
U.S. State Dept. renews general travel alert for Mexico
Mexican super gangs will present big challenge for Enrique Peña Nieto
Peña Nieto's Colombian drug war czar is U.S. informant, with orders to make a deal with narcos
Peña Nieto transition team confirms: Mexican military will remain on streets to help wage drug war
Mexican voters got suckered on drug war
New York Times got Mexican presidential candidates' drug war strategies wrong

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