Monday, May 24, 2010

Police officer and his drug-detection dog missing

A Federal Police agent, Jorge Vega García, and his drug-detecting canine have been missing since last Sunday. Officer Vega García and his specially trained canine went missing as he drove from Los Mochis, Sinaloa to Nogales Sonora.

In Sinaloa 3 people including a woman were executed. The body of the woman, Christina Valdez Sandoval, 26 years old, was discovered in the municipality of Los Mochis while the body of Carlos Luque was found in a car in Guasave and an unknown male in the town of Elota.

The city of Chihuahua reported 9 more killings, including one woman. The city of Durango saw a driver shot to death and his three female passengers wounded by an assailant with a high powered weapon while San Miguel Totolapan, Guerrero had another execution, Claudio Padilla García. Tampico, Tamaulipas saw 2 gunmen die after an altercation with an army patrol. A subsequent search of their vehicle revealed high powered rifles and 3 grenades. In Zacatepec, Morelos a patron was thrown out of a bar and then gunned down in the street. Near Acapulco the body of a woman was discovered and Tabasco also had one execution.

All in all, there where 18 killings added to the yearly total which now stands at 4271 (5271).

On another note, being Canadian is not something to boast about all the time, and comments by Louise Paquette-Neville, the IRB member remind me of this. In a recent Toronto Star article she is quoted as saying (with respect to refugee claims by Mexicans):

“There is a presumption that, except in situations where the state is in complete breakdown, the state is capable of protecting its citizens,” wrote Louise Paquette-Neville, the IRB member who denied Gutierrez’s claim.

What is odd is that Paquette-Neville's own government contradicts her statement through the various travel advisories given to Canadian citizens not to travel to various parts of Mexico because it is unsafe and their safety cannot be guaranteed. Odd because, although the 2nd largest income for the country is tourism, Mexico cannot even guarantee the safety of those coming to visit the country regardless of guaranteeing the safety of its own citizens. This is something of which Ms Paquette-Neville would be aware, if the honorable IRB member undertakes a modicum of research. She would quickly realise that Mexico is NOT capable of protecting its citizens, especially in cities like Juárez, Reynosa and even wealthy Monterrey and even complete states like Sinaloa, Durango, Tamualipas, Michoacán, Sonora, Guerrero, Oaxaca or Chihuahua.

IS there a "tipping point" of states that need be ungovernable before Ms Paquette-Neville changes her uniformed opinion? 5 states?...oops already there, 10 states...getting close, or !?!?! OR maybe a number of deaths...10,000? 20,000? how about close to 25,000 in 3 years (the homicide rate of Mexico is higher than many truly failed states in the same time-period, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Chad, or the DRC

Do not just take my word for it, Ms Paquette-Neville, how about the word of the family of one of the most powerful, politically connected men in Mexico, Diego Fernández de Cevallos who was recently kidnapped, and who have asked the government to stop "helping" them, that it will only make matters worse. If a ruling family, that is closely tied into the current government, has no faith in the State's ability to protect them, then why would Ms Louise Paquette-Neville, the IRB member, apparently unenlightened about anything Mexican, rule different?

For a map of the killings: click: Narco-killings


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