Guerrero Businessman Accuses Mayor of Narco Complicity, an Hour Later His Vehicle Comes Under Fire, Killing1
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|Damian Huato standing|
The Templarios’ main business is supplying crystal meth and other synthetic drugs to the U.S. market, the group has diversifications in extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
Autodefensas are also being organized in Guerrero, and in other states compelled by the success of the Michoacán group.
Damian Huato was wounded Tuesday in the attack, so to his son, as they, along with his daughter-in-law Laura Rose Cebrito, were traveling through Chilpancingo, only Cebrito died.
The attack came an hour after Damian Huato confronted Mayor Arcos at a public event, accusing the city’s top official of ties to organized crime.
Damian Huato accuses the mayor of being behind the shooting.
“I am only a spokesman, a channel, to express the deep unhappiness there is against the complicity of this gentleman,” he said Thursday, referring to the mayor.
“Business owners in Chilpancingo have been driven to desperation by the municipal government’s collusion with criminal organizations.”
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According to a news report posted on the website of El Diario de Juarez, the unit, arrived in 21 vehicles at the base of the 76 Infantry Battalion, part of the 42nd Military Zone.
The reinforcement comes on the heels of a violet week in Parral and nearby municipalities which saw 12 violent deaths in one week, and other violent incidents.
Meanwhile in the capital Chihuahua city Chihuahua state governor Cesar Duarte lamented the spike in violence saying that those who commit violent acts will go to prison. Gov. Duarte came into office in late 2010 promising to crackdown on the crime of kidnapping by having that state impose life sentences.
However, since the start of the Enrique Pena administration less than 15 months ago, kidnapping has spiked, so much so that the Mexican federal Secretaria de Gobernacion has launched a new program intended at stemming the crime.
Kidnapping is an especially critical issue in remote regions of southern Chihuahua. Kidnappings are routinely used by local criminal gangs to impress shooters into their ranks.
An initiative early last year by the new Mexican federal government was to provide additional funds to municipalities for crime prevention among Mexican youths, but very little has been mentioned of the program since it was announced.
Mexican Army deployment have changed since the start of the new federal government last year. Whereas in past years, army units were routinely rotated in and out of areas, incidents in Michoacan appears to be straining military resources.
A Milenio news report Thursday hinted that a number of military units based in Tamaulipas have been retasked to Michoacan, leaving paramilitary units such as Policia Federal to take up the slack.
Starting with a promise of moving Mexico's military forces from the streets "back to barracks" early last year, no question a change has occurred whereby that goal has been rendered inoperative as security conditions have worsened nationwide.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Ranturg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at email@example.com
A new release published on the official state government website said that four unidentified armed suspects were killed in Mier municipality Tuesday after they encountered a Mexican security detachment. The incident took place near the break Las Morenas on Kilometer 108 on the Mier to Nueva Ciudad Guerrero road.
A total of six rifles, 96 weapons magazines, 2,486 rounds of ammunition were seized in the aftermath.
In a separate encounter, one unidentified armed suspects was killed last Sunday in San Fernando municipality, according to another Tamaulipas state government news release.
The incident took place at the break near Rancho El Angel on the San Fernando to Reynosa highway. A Mexican naval infantry unit attempted a traffic stop of several vehicles but instead exchanged gunfire with a number of armed suspects traveling in a convoy.
An unknown number of suspects escaped the encounter, abandoning their vehicles at the scene including one Dodge Dakota pickup truck, one Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and one Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
The armed suspect who died was said to be in his 20s.
Marines seized three rifles, 23 weapons magazines, an undisclosed amount of ammunition and a bag of poncha-llantas, used to puncture vehicle tires.
In a separate news account posted on the website of Milenio news daily, federal security forces have temporarily left Ciudad Valles to reinforce security on other areas of Tamaulipas state.
The news report quoted a spokesman for the Grupo de Coordinacion Operativa Huasteca Gilberto Almendarez Marín saying that federal security forces including part of a permanent Policia Federal detachment in the municipality has been sent to Ciudad Mante, Tampico, Huasteca and other areas of Tamaulipas. According to the report a number of federal security elements have been retasked from Tamaulipas to Michoacan.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Ranturg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
|At entry of "University Gardens" neighborhood where Menchito was captured|
A Member of the citizens’ council of the self-defense groups surrounding
Apatzingán, Michoacán, January 2014.
Photo By: Heriberto Paredes
Being a town where the indigenous people are the majority, Cherán is governed by a system of practices and customs (self-governance), therefore the city hall was replaced in 2011by a council of 12 members elected by an assembly and its Community Police has full legal recognition. Today, although they are still harassed by criminal groups, the inhabitants of Cherán are living in one of the safest places in Michoacán.
|Almost made it to Texas-Click on map to enlarge|
Thank you Tyrone!
Self-Defense Movement Advances towards Yurécuaro
|The municipal president of Paracuaro expresses support for the Cinco5|
The citizens self-defense movement is entering a crucial phase. As it has grown and expanded very rapidly, several strong leaders have emerged. Overall that is good thing even though there will inevitably be tensions and disagreements between strong leaders. That is the natural course of things.
The self-defense movement has not been an insurrection against the government, it has been an insurrection against the lack of government. Could the movement evolve into armed groups trying to seek political change through force?
I applaud the citizens in other states that have shed their apathy and stood up for themselves, but some of them seem to have a goal based on political change rather than self-defense. That could spell trouble for the self-defense groups don't maintain that distinction.
A group in Pueblo recently announced their formation of Common Front For Peaceful Civil Resistance (FCRCP). According to an article in Proceso, The FCRCP emerged out of protests from past local elections, held in July, in which armed individuals who were favoring the success of Rigoberto David Martínez Rosas, nominated by the PT (Labor Party in Mexico), as mayor of San Gabriel Chilac.
Borderland Beat forum BB reader from the UK "Spoo" found this well done video.
Video with new footage and interviews with autodefensas leader Hipolito Mora, La Tuta
and the mother of one of the autodefensas killed when the army open fired on citizens
Video click on for full size...
Screenshots from the video:
|Agreement for the Federal Security Assistance of Michoacán|
|Alfredo Castillo Cervantes|
|Enrique Galindo Ceballos|
Borderland Beat also posted on BB Forum by Itzli
I want to thank Hipolito Mora, leader of the self-defense group in La Ruana for answering this call.
LC: Mr. Hipolito, good evening, how are you?
HM: Fine Sir, how are you?
LC: Fine, tell us, have you seen the video? Have you heard what “El Tio” from Knights Templar told you?
HM: Yes I have
LC: What do you think about it?
HM: Well, I have no problems with him! Ha hasn´t offended me, he has not hurt me, I have no anger towards him. I think I don´t have to dialogue with him because I don´t know him and I have never done business with him. I don´t have to duel with him because I have no problems with him. If he´s got problems with me, well I don´t know.
LC: It appears El Tio has problems with you…
I only set free my town and my people from them, they had them scared, they killed people whenever they wanted, they arrived at midnight scaring people without caring for the wives and children suffering, they just took them and killed them and we never knew about them anymore.
LC: How was La Ruana before you arrived with the self-defense groups? What did the Knights Templar did to you?
HM: The charged taxes on everything, they forced people to close their businesses anytime they wanted because they were going to sell in the only garden we have, they came to sell beer, wine and everything. They had the lemon controlled, the owners of the packing factories had to pay them a tax as they call it, the owners of the packing factories could not choose who they hired or from who they bought lemon, they were the ones taking the decisions.
The worst is they told them who to buy from, someone from them arrived with three thousand boxes and they bought it right away, some poor farmer arrived with twenty and they had to tell them they were full, they had no space for them but at the same moment they were buying two thousand boxes from them (Knights Templar) and they had us fucked.
LC: How much did they tax those who could even pay?
HM: About 1.5 pesos for kilo to all those who could even deliver lemon, besides that every truck had to pay 500 pesos to them; it was a lot of things they did to us. That´s the problem “El Tio” has with me.
According to the federal government the organizational structure of Caballeros Templarios is:
Primer tier: Servando Gómez Martínez, alias "La Tuta" o "El Profe"; Dionisio Loya Plancarte, "El Tío", and Enrique Plancarte Solís, "La Chiva" o "Kike".
Second tier: Ignacio Rentería Andrade, "El Nacho" o "El Cenizo"; Samer José Servín Juárez, and Pablo Magaña Serrato, "La Morsa".
Note: The government officially deems El Chayo..Nazario Moreno Gonzalez as deceased.
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