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NPT Media: Drug War coverage of Juarez police resignations, Mexico travel advisory

Drug War coverage of two major events (aside from the ongoing violence). Missing is any coverage of the bridge closures. If you got a good link, send it over. Regarding the resignation of the Juarez police chief:

CNN: “We have not blinked,” Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said. “We will continue to fight organized crime… he has done a good job, but we will find someone else.”

LA Times: Roberto Orduña Cruz, the city’s public safety secretary, said he didn’t want to risk more lives. An officer and a jail guard were shot to death earlier Friday, two days after handwritten signs were posted saying a policeman would be killed every 48 hours unless Orduña resigned. “Respect for the life that these brave officers risk every day on the streets for Juarez residents obliges me to offer my permanent resignation,” Orduña said.

Regarding the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory:

Washington Post: “Recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades,” the advisory reads. “Large firefights have taken place in many towns and cities across Mexico but most recently in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area.”

— Regarding the big picture: Wall Street Journal: On the one hand: “Beyond the headline-grabbing violence, Mexico is stable. It has a thriving democracy, the world’s 13th-largest economy and a growing middle class.” On the other: “Every day brings a new horror. In Ciudad Juarez on Friday, gunmen killed a police officer and a prison guard, and left a sign on their bodies saying they would kill one officer every two days until the city police chief resigns. He quit late Friday. Analysts and diplomats worry that drug traffickers may increase their hold on Mexico’s political process during midterm congressional elections scheduled for July.”

Sito Negron


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The chief should have stayed the course, they wanted him out becuase he was being effective. As tragic as the losses were, this is what it is going to take. Whether they realize it or not, they are at war.
    They were killing govt officials and employees anyway. It gave the cartel an idea as to what works. Kinda of like paying a ransom.


    February 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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