Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

On the front page of El Universal was a picture of a suspect, in custody of the military, dressed in jeans and a brown sweatshirt with the letter "B" on it. This individual was under investigation for his part in the attack the public Security Minister of Santa Catatrina, a suburb of Monterrey, which resulted in the deather of a bodyguard, the wounding of a police officer, as well as another bodyguard and a woman (mentioned in my previous blog). A second picture, inset in the first, clearly shows this same individual, dead, wrapped in a blanket with signs of torture on his body (still wearing the same distinctive clothes). Needless to say, the military claims that the victim was discharged from their custody prior to his untimely death. 

This pictorial evidence of the military's complicity in "disappearances" and torture is further reinforced by news that the TEC-Monterrey graduate students (whom the military says were caught in cross-fire) had signs of torture  as well, according to the mother of one of the youths who observed his body at his funeral. We already know that statements by the military are to be taken with a grain of salt due to the fact that they had originally claimed that the two boys were part of the group of gunmen who had attacked them, only retracting that statement in the face of public outrage.

In the state of Michoacán, 2 more university students in Guadalajara were gunned down by unknown attackers as they were attending a party while in Chilpancingo, Guerrero the body parts of a police commander and another police officer where found in 8 different plastic bags that were left in front of the police station. Police officers in Acapulco located the body parts of two men (they were quartered), the two men were the nephews of a sub-director of the Transit Police. Aside from this there were 2 other killings as well in Acapulco. Chihuahua had 9 more killings yesterday and Ciudad Juárez had 6, including a public prosecutor and a lawyer while Sinaloa had 5 more and Tijuana 5 as well.

All told, there were 40 more bodies added to the year's total of 2253.

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