Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Drug cartels are fighting over the Tehuantepec isthmus, warns Solalinde

Saturday, July 14, 2012 |

The defender of migrants' rights believes that this zone has become a strategic bridge for human and weapons trafficking. "I'm returning to one of the most dangerous areas," he says.

El Universal. 07-14-2012.

OAXACA. Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra asserts that the dispute over the Isthmus of Tehuantepec between the Gulf and the Zetas cartels, plus the political fiefdoms in this part of the country, are behind the death threats made against him.  The defender of migrants' rights believes that the area has become a strategic bridge for weapons and human trafficking. "I'm returning to one of the most dangerous areas," he says.

"The Zetas and the Gulf (cartels), along with other cartels, are fighting to get control of the Isthmus," said the cleric, who, two months after he was forced to leave the country, returns today to the (migrant) shelter Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers on the Road), in Ciudad Ixtepec. This is after receiving six death threats, which he believes were made by organized crime and the PRI administration of former governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

He states that, to date, state and federal authorities have issued 40 arrest warrants against the authors of the death threats that he received because he defended the rights of migrants. He also said that some of them are already in prison, however, he did not offer more details so as not to interfere with the ongoing investigations.

The cleric acknowledges that he is facing a difficult situation, given that the derailment of the train know as "La Bestia" (the Beast) has left thousands of  immigrants stranded. "Today we are going to the shelter to meet with the people I love. Oaxaca deserves a change, the PRI needs to renew itself if it wants to recover the public trust," insisting that this political party should not "ring the bells" because it did not win the election in a transparent fashion.

He described how, after arranging a meeting between the three levels of government, along with international organizations, three agreements were signed that include, among other things, the creation of a work group to monitor and follow up on the safety and defense of the cleric and of the migrants. The group will get together every month and its first meeting will take place August 13 in Oaxaca. The European Community delegate, Arturo Rodriguez, Governor Gabino Cue and members of the Peace Brigades and Amnesty International participated in the meeting. 

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7 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

The world is watching, Mexico.

666 said...

The world is watching, but it also forgot Mexico. Mexico needs do much help but either everyone is too scared get killed,too scared to ruin the cash cow, or just doesn't care enough about the people suffering. I guess you can chalk up another one to outta sight outta mind. Not too many Americans know the horrors of Mexico.

Unknown said...

Is this the same area were all of the wind farms are being constructed?

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares bout Mexico if so the us an other countries would go in

Anonymous said...

Ish it shtill shafe for me to go get my new teefs down there ?
Cmon cartelsh have a wee sheesh fire look like a muppet wif theesh bare gumsh.

Anonymous said...

Is funny how every one thinks Mexico is ruthless ,yet the tourist keep popping out all over Mexico ,yes there's is cases where things go wrong.. but in Mexico if u fuck with the cartels or some one over b.c of money ,drugs ur are.going to have a bad.time..if u go have fun enjoy ur self not bother others.nor show off u are a person with money u are.going to.love Mexico. All my white folks ,my paisas n people who go.to Mexico each year tell me there's nothing worry about as well. Unless u run the gangs thenbur fucked

Anonymous said...

The us andd mexico work together,, everyone has their hand in the pot

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