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Monday, January 10, 2011 |



The Women March

Covering their faces with white in a display of mourning, dozens of women protested Saturday the hundreds of unsolved murders and disappearances of females in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

During the march that began at the Plaza de Armas and ended at the Santa Fe Bridge, mothers, daughters and students raised their voices, demanding justice from Federal, State and Municipal authorities for their relatives and for all Juárez.

With signs in hand containing the faces of dozens of missing women, the protesters chanted phrases such as "Juarez vive, la lucha sigue y sigue” (Juarez lives, the struggle goes on and on).

While walking through Vicente Guerrero Avenue on their route to 16 de Septiembre, the dozens of women and parents of the victims summoned the people of Juárez to join the cause.

“Únase pueblo, por el respeto y la justicia... Qué es lo que quiere Juárez, justicia, justicia, justicia” (People unite, for justice and respect. What does Juarez want? Justice, justice, justice).

As a special act in memory of the murdered women and especially the activist Marisela Escobedo and her daughter Rubí, the marchers put the names of the 304 women murdered in 2010 on the pink cross that straddles the lanes of the Santa Fe bridge between Juarez and El Paso, Tx.

Veronica Corchado from the Colectiva de Mujeres movement (Women's Collective), and one of the people who led the march, said that while not attended by as large a number of people as expected, the event met its goal which is to keep alive the people’s voice against the violence.


Netzahualcóyotl Zúniga, Rafael Boudib and Catalina Ochoa: the 3 judges that exonerated Rubí Escobedo's killer
Theater of the absurd

In the theater of the absurd that too often characterizes Mexico’s justice system, the three judges that exonerated the confessed killer of Rubí Escobedo, Netzahualcóyotl Zúniga, Rafael Boudib and Catalina Ochoa, have threatened to flee Mexico and file for political asylum in the United States if the investigation into their judicial conduct results in any charges.

Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte ordered the impeachment of the judges after the assassination of Rubí’s mother, Human Rights activist Marisela Escobedo, on December 16th.

(see Borderland Beat posts:
http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/12/mysterious-death-of-marisela-escobedo.html
http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/12/family-of-slain-mexican-activist-flees.html )

The Judges have been suspended and removed from the bench and could face charges of illegally letting a criminal free who was deemed dangerous to the public safety, according to the state attorney general's office.

The suspect and Zeta gangmember, Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, was exonerated of all charges in the case in April of 2010 by the three judge panel. Their ruling was later overturned and Sergio Barraza was later convicted in absentia for the murder of Rubí and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The suspended judges have declared that the legal briefs prepared by inept state prosecutors contained serious evidentiary errors while proponents of the judges’ impeachment state that the confession by Barraza that led to the site of Rubí’s burial was proof enough of guilt, and furthermore, the briefs should have been allowed to be corrected.

Barraza claimed that the confession was inadmissible as it was given after he was tortured by authorities.

Of the former Chihuahua Attorney General, Patricia Gonzalez, widely believed to be extremely corrupted and associated with organized crime and the President of the Chihuahua Supreme Court, Rodolfo Acosta Munoz, who are both alledged to have ordered the judges to exonerate Sergio Rafael Barraza, Governor Duarte has said or done nothing.

Barraza remains at large and is now also wanted for the murder of Marisela Escobedo.

Marisela Escobedo said a week before her murder that she had received death threats from Sergio Barraza and members of his family. .

"Kill me in front of the Governor’s palace to shame the authorities, " the defiant Marisela is reported to have responded to the threats. Sergio Barraza complied with impunity.


Sources:

Claman justicia para mujeres asesinadas.
Diario de Juarez: http://www.diario.com.mx/notas.php?f=2011/01/09&id=648cf1e37bf3aabbd9c4d17ae9d11828

Batidero Judicial en palacio
La Polaka
http://lapolaka.com/2010/12/17/batidero-judicial-en-palacio/

Dan 50 años de carcel
Puente Libre
http://puentelibre.mx/not_detalle.php?id_n=43762

Pediran asilo politico
El Agora
http://www.elagora.com.mx/Pediran-asilo-politico-a-EU-jueces,29927.html

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Anonymous said...

Am I crazy? Paranoid? Delusional? Perhaps, but it is starting to feel to me like the stories of fear and darkness that my old relatives long ago told of Nazism. Love of money or love of race. Which is worse? Maybe they are equally poisonous.

Imjustagirl

Anonymous said...

No to allowing them to Flee,it is time to make all Mexican Officials Stay and Be Held Accountable for their Actions !!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with you, 7:43. I'd like to know what motivated their poor decision.
Imjustagirl

Layla2 said...

I am really pissed off at this one! If our US Government allows those no good judges into this country; I hope there's a stir as big as when Ramos and Campean were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

Really. In a country where you can barely get any kind of investigative evidence for fear of having your head cut off--they had a confession, no doubt! If that's not enough for their f@%$ed-up judicial system, they'd better scrap and get a new one.

In the meantime, these judges deserve to pay for their ineptitude. Send their asses to prison and let them see what its like when there is NO justice.

And KEEP THEM OUT OF THE US. God knows, they were bribed by cartel connections. We don't need any more filthy corrupt refugees. Let honest, true candidates for political asylum such as threatened journalists come to the US if they feel endangered. Not these scumbags.

And that goes for the corrupt Attorney General Patricia Gonzalez and Supreme Court President Rudolpho Munoz, too. It has long been the case where corrupt political leaders (this time justice leaders!!!) get away scott free. No more!

Matanzas said...

@ Imjustagirl,

you can't compare both. Greed versus ideology. The cartels are all business, the nazis were all about ideological domination. Hey, I was born a few miles of a concentration camp and have older relatives who barely escaped detention there. Believe me. Greed brings cartels and Enron, they are chicken shit compared to the nazis.

@Layla2,

be careful in your judgment. Remember that the killer was presumably affiliated with the Zetas, and that the judges got probably a tremendous pressure from this cartel. Threats on themselves but also on their relatives. I can't judge them since their govt doesn't provide them with any kind of protection. It was the same here during the prohibition and in today's Russia. If there is somebody to blame, it's Chihuahua's governor and the the other village's idiot at Los Pinios.

The sad thing is that folks who resist in MX are just sure to get killed. By a sicario or a corrupt cop. What would YOU do? Probably packing spouse, kids and dog in the truck and drive north. I wouldn't blame you.

The current narco-war does not work, it's like the Iraqi war or the Af-Pak quagmire. We don't get nothing out of it but $ trillions in debt and thousands killed.

We live a a mitigation world, there is no absolute truth, dammit. Could Calderon and the US govt only understand that.

Yoli said...

In the theater of the absurd that too often characterizes Mexico’s justice system, the three judges that exonerated the confessed killer of Rubí Escobedo, Netzahualcóyotl Zúniga, Rafael Boudib and Catalina Ochoa, have threatened to flee Mexico and file for political asylum in the United States if the investigation into their judicial conduct results in any charges.

What kind of shit is this? Are they out of their minds? They're all a bunch of corrupt bitches and need to face the shame they've earned!

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Anonymous said...

We can only hope for new heroes of the future. If no one is optomistic than there won't be a future. God bless.

Anonymous said...

@ Matanzas

Obviously these judges were threatened with their lives. However, that is when they should have sought assylum, not after they exonerated him and deposited the check.

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"But he was a good boy who went to church and Sunday school. You can go there and ask them; he was a good boy."
Every time someone is killed, he is always characrterized as a "Good Christian". But it is hardly ever then case. "Good Christians" commit more crimes that any of the religions combined.

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Obviously these judges were threatened with their lives. However, that is when they should have sought assylum, not after they exonerated him and deposited the check.

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If there is somebody to blame, it's Chihuahua's governor and the the other village's idiot at Los Pinios.

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The sad thing is that folks who resist in MX are just sure to get killed. By a sicario or a corrupt cop. What would YOU do? Probably packing spouse, kids and dog in the truck and drive north. I wouldn't blame you.

Anonymous said...

The nazis were trying to free their people from economic enslavement....not deal drugs

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Netzahualcóyotl Zúniga, Rafael Boudib and Catalina Ochoa, have threatened to flee Mexico and file for political asylum in the United States if the investigation into their judicial conduct results in any charges.

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Barraza claimed that the confession was inadmissible as it was given after he was tortured by authorities.

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While walking through Vicente Guerrero Avenue on their route to 16 de Septiembre, the dozens of women and parents of the victims summoned the people of Juárez to join the cause.

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While walking through Vicente Guerrero Avenue on their route to 16 de Septiembre, the dozens of women and parents of the victims summoned the people of Juárez to join the cause.

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Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte ordered the impeachment of the judges after the assassination of Rubí’s mother, Human Rights activist Marisela Escobedo, on December 16th.

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Marisela Escobedo said a week before her murder that she had received death threats from Sergio Barraza and members of his family. .

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The Judges have been suspended and removed from the bench and could face charges of illegally letting a criminal free who was deemed dangerous to the public safety, according to the state attorney general's office.

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Let honest, true candidates for political asylum such as threatened journalists come to the US if they feel endangered. Not these scumbags.

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No to allowing them to Flee,it is time to make all Mexican Officials Stay and Be Held Accountable for their Actions !!!

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Obviously these judges were threatened with their lives. However, that is when they should have sought assylum, not after they exonerated him and deposited the check.

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Barraza remains at large and is now also wanted for the murder of Marisela Escobedo.

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Marisela Escobedo said a week before her murder that she had received death threats from Sergio Barraza and members of his family.

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I can't judge them since their govt doesn't provide them with any kind of protection.

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Obviously these judges were threatened with their lives. However, that is when they should have sought assylum, not after they exonerated him and deposited the check.

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