Sunday, February 8, 2015

Community Police Rescue 10 of the Kidnapped in Cocula



Photo by: Ezequiel Flores


Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat


Community Police from the towns of Nuevo Balsas, La Fundición and Real del Limón freed 10 of the 18 people kidnapped two days ago by a gang in the service of La Familia.

Six of the victims, among them a contractor and a mining cleaner from the mine Media Luna, were abandoned on a hill by their captors who were in the presence of a siege by the community policemen who acted in coordination with the Mexican Army and the Federal Police.

The other four hostages escaped after one of them began to struggle with one of the criminals.

The victim, identified as Mario Bahena Aguilar, originally from Apipilulco and a mine worker, was injured after being shot in the leg and one of the criminals was beaten to death, three of the men who escaped reported to Proceso.

“Mario saved our lives,” said one of the hostages when he was safe with a group of Community Police, who went up to the hill of La Campana to rescue the wounded hero.



The 10 victims were safeguarded by the community policemen and one of the criminals, who tried to pass himself off as a hostage, was arrested.

The woman and nine men were transferred to a health clinic in the community where they were attended to because they had received blows and were suffering from exhaustion due to dehydration.

The injured man was taken to a specialty hospital aboard an army helicopter.

Accompanied by members of the Mexican Army, the villagers deployed along the banks of the river and in the hills in order to locate the other victims (of which there is no certain number) since they were deprived of their freedom in different parts of the mining area and separated into several groups as indicated by the hostages.

According to the version of the victims, the kidnappers who were wearing military-style uniforms and are being led by a criminal identified as Uriel Wences Delgado “La Burra”,an operator of the criminal group La Familia who was expelled by the Community Guard since December 2013 when the inhabitants decided to take up arms to confront crime, are still in the hills and have more people held hostage.

The mass kidnapping occurred Friday afternoon in the mining area of Cocula.  The federal government and management of the Media Luna mine tried to minimize and outright deny any events happening despite the public denunciation of the inhabitants and the Community Police.

Among the victims are mine workers, fishermen, and members of the Community Police.

Source:Proceso

36 comments:

  1. They community police look like autodenfensas, are they the same?

    good job.

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    1. They are not the same. The community police have been operating in tierra caliente for the past couple decades. In fact, it was the community police who warned of a disorganized vigilanty movement getting out of hand. They even offered to help train them and set up their organization in a similar fashion as the community police when it was a legitamite movement (at least before it got co-opted by the federal government and other criminal organizations) I believe Mireles and Mora were some of the few leaders that took them up on that offer.

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    2. sort of. But the convention 126 gives indigenous peoples even greater right to self govern. and they had been doing so for many years without the government knowing or frankly caring.

      in its second article, it says if they are Indigenous peoples descended from populations which inhabited the country before the formation of the state. As such, their law is above the State.

      All peoples have a right that is inalienable, that of self-determination. Indigenous peoples in national and international law, exercise its self-determination and autonomy within the state but with collective rights. As part of the autonomy are entitled to their own structures.

      I have a great article the defines the difference between, CP, AD and vigilantes, maybe I can get someone to translated it.

      In a nutshell:
      CP is comprised of indigenous community groups who stay within their community and police in place of municipal or any government agency. they do not seek out enemy to battle, they protect their community. and do it extremely well.

      AD, are mixed groups of indigenous peoples and Non. They have existed for over 100 years and have a union spanning 13 states. Where they get into trouble is if they seek the enemy outside their municipality, the law becomes fuzzy when doing that. The coastal groups of doc mireles have the largest % of indigenous peoples of the mich ADs.

      In gro there are both groups and it was the gro AD that found all the fosas after the iguala attacks, it is the children of CP and AD who were some of the missing.

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  2. Pathetic! You would think shipping tons of drugs would pay enough that narcos wouldn't be running around kidnapping working people. 'We're the big badass Mexican Cartels; we kidnap fishermen.' Ugh! They remind me of ISIS.

    Good job Comunitarios!

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    1. agree...

      But it depends on the cartel or ao called "cartel".. usually this things are done by smaller groups that lack the resources to transport big amount of drugs, or have limited outside connection to receive materials for synthetic drugs, you rarely hear this with powerful cartels like CDS, CJNG, CDG or even from Juarez or CAF when they where on their prime.. its usually small ones like whats left of Templarios, Familia, and all these splinter groups. Familia and Templarios where once so powerful they where hailed in Michoacan, when they went broke they turned to this and look at them now this is what they do for survival, when Zetas where part of CDG they where respected, now on their own they alao turned to this for survival.

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    2. They are obviously not shipping tons of drugs,here could be one of the consequences of peoples cries of legalize drugs,the silly drug consumption argument and scarcity of drugs.The diversification of criminals into other revenue streams such as this,kidnap,extortion of small business,increased domestic drug markets,home invasion,burglary,anything where money may be made,,anything.
      Take the drugs away and criminals adapt,if there was no drug market do we really believe cartel thugs would disappear,of course not,it may get even worse?

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  3. The community police and military working together again? Things are looking better since Castillo left! We will see if they continue to help the good guys or if they are pawns in a bigger game?

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    1. This is guerrero. Dnt kno how to spell it. Not michoacan

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    2. 10:38 you sir are a idiot! Guerrero where the real auto defensas are, not the crummy ones you have in Michoacan

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    3. Hey honest mistake! Look in the mirror for an idiot!!! I am a nobody just like you!

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    4. That mistake was too too obvious, its almost like calling a Sureño a Norteño, thats a big no no! :)

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  4. Truly, good news. I do care about the workers.

    From the article, "The federal government and management of the Media Luna mine tried to minimize and outright deny any events happening.."

    Just so we're clear, Media Luna [Gold - Copper Project] is owned by Torex Gold Resources who owns 100% of Morelos Gold Project [both in Guerro State]. Torex Gold is a Canadian corporation.

    signed 'asshole' from another post

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    1. Thanks for the corporate info. Reports suggest that the majority of mining projects in Mexico are Canadian owned/financed, and that their human rights records are questionable, at best. Hopefully subsequent stories will name these corporations, so their feet can be held to the fire, if they deserve to be.

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    2. What an idiot,do you actually think no-one can spot your weirdness and rhetoric mildred?Oh wait,your Canadian aren't you?Yukkkk

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    3. Get a life millie

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    4. "signed 'asshole' from another post"

      Nahh,your much worse than an asshole,your a racist jingoistic dog..
      Just what the world needs less of,fuckin idiot that you are you have probably never been out of Mexico but you make pronouncements on whole peoples based on skin tone.US,Chinese,Canadian,European...... I fuckin hate racists..

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    5. 10:45 PM
      No,signed BITTER LOSER

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    6. Most of the mining in LatAm is Canadian. Usually get sued by your more astute governments for pollution & subsequently not cleaning it up. This is why the US must be very careful in allowing any type of mining pipelines from Canada. Really really bad environmental record.

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    7. They have to abide by the laws of any country they go in including their own and theres a lot of mines that are shutting down here in Canada but Latin America is a slam dunk what with the corruption.For your info Alberta pipeline welders are supposedly the best in the world with their 4 year program and many countries in the 1st world will only hire Albertans,Austrailia is 1 example.

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  5. Yes. The reaction is spreading. Guerrero, Michoacan, Morelos, Durango, and more. It pleases me to see one of the scumbags was beaten to death. Criminals and the goverment have to be taught to be scared to death of aroused citizens.

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  6. This is guerrero state, el castillo de cagada's absence has nothing to do with this propaganda plot, while it proves that it worked well to show the government's ''postive intervention'', i don't believe but one thing, PROPAGANDA! To help the army with public relations...
    --TOREX on the other hand, developer of the grestest gold mining project on the state of guerrero, needs help getting the government help to get rid of small miners and other independent artisans stealing from them, they have the concessions for heaven's shaken shakes!!! Like arcelor-mittal on lazaro cardenas/las truchas...
    --''More soldiers will be provided at no cost'', that is more like it, the young enterprise does not produce enough yet to hire their own guardias blancas (private security)

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  7. Thousands of federal police and troops on the ground, taking over completely the law enforcement function in this area of Guerrero - and a mass kidnapping takes place? In Cocula?! With state and federal elections less than four months away ....

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  8. "one of the criminals was beaten to death"

    it's good news,
    now is the time to enjoy the morning coffee

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  9. guerrerro people do not play! Those are some hard core mofos. humildes pero con huevos

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    1. Thats Guerrero for you, showing these wanna be rent-a-soldiers how to run the show!

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  10. Interesting article about the 43 missing students. Sounds like a huge government cover-up.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/argentine-team-casts-doubt-on-mexicos-investigation-of-students-disappearance-20150209-139k3n.html

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  11. The police are the ones behind the kidnappings word around here

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  12. The police is the ones behind the kidnappings word around here

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  13. This argentinians are getting us out of even square one with their bullshit, THE mexican government have cleared it, nobody died or disappeared, but they was ''communist guerrillas moonlighting as drug trafficking narco-terroristas'' and now they are just hiding to cast a bad light on pena nieto's progressive agenda train and derail it...

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  14. Whats SAD is that they send the Community Police up, these are regular joes, why cant Community Police send Army to do there job aint Army better equipped n trained for these events? HELL OF A JOB FROM MY PAISANOS, SHOWING THE ARMY HOW TO DO THINGS, PURO IGUALA GUERRERO!

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  15. May God help all the wonderfull people I have had the luck to meet and enjoy on my trips to Mexico. I have been going down and running "pit stops" for the Baja races for years. It's just too dangerous anymore and my family stopped me from going about 2 years ago. I miss Mexico and the people I met there. God help you all and God help us all.

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  16. Wow. I hope that all of the kidnapped have been freed and are ok. The AD went absent last Friday and Saturday. I did not know why until now. If you ask anyone if any thing happened, everyone always says, "no nothing happened, todo es tranqullo". Yet in the last 3 weeks I have heard sporadic 'mini confrontations' of shooting in the hills nearby at least 5 times. The village is occupied by the PFeds and the ejercito. 'Mas Cuido, amigo'.

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  17. Media Luna provides private security for it's workers. When they travel from Ig to the job site they are in a van with a video and microphone on at all times. They wear bullet proof vests. The van is in between two trucks with private security(BPvests, Automatics). What is strange though is that when they pass a check point or other 'official' militarized personnel, you get this sort of 'old west' look. It is the look of 'I think we are on the same team, but I am going to keep my hand on the grip just in case'. I have yet to find a company that is perfect. I also know that for the most part these canadian mining co's want to continue to work on their prospective mines, and recognize community relationships as important. I might wonder how a Penoles or Fresnillo, Mexcian mining co's treat their workers in comparison to Gold Corp or some other non Mexiccan minnng Co. This story illustrates that the area is close to lawless. If it was up to me, every Mexican would be allowed to own guns, and to carry them concealed. Simple solution. The puto cabron's in D.F. would never let that happen. So, more suffering.

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  18. Mexican miners make about 25 dollars a week, full time workers, six days a week...
    --Independent artisan miners, or employed by contractors make even less...
    --sindicato nacional de los trabajadores mineros metalurgicos siderurgicos y similares de la republica mexicana, leader napoleon gomez urrutia ran to Canada when he got kicked out of the miners union, but he is back with el PRI's help...
    --mexican mining magnates are at war with foreign mining magnates with a lot more money, and bitching over the placeres like it was the old west,
    --mexican government narco-mierdocracia is with the big bucks, foreign...

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