Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Police, the death squads in Veracruz: kidnapping, killings and dissapearance of youngsters

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Sinembargo article

Subject Matter: Police and Los Zetas in Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Police in the Mexican state of Veracruz created units that employ dirty war tactics to kidnap, kill and disappear youngsters, suspected of being informants or mules of the narco cartels. The Police during their patrols surveil the youngsters, but don't register any arrests. Then they are lifted and given over to squadrons who specialize in interrogation and torture.


Reporter: Lev Garcia
The Police of the Mexican state of Veracruz, infested with corruption, created units that employ dirty war tactics to kidnap, kill and disappear no less than 15 persons, the majority of them youngsters, suspected of being informants and mules of the narco cartels, according to accusations presented to the State Attorney Generals Office.

The denunciations presented this past week against ex Police chiefs of Veracruz, show all the signals of violations of human rights, similar to the campaigns against the guerrillas in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Police during their patrols surveil the youngsters, but make no arrests. Then enter the death squads specializing in interrogation and torture that function in the same academy as the Police, at later kill or disappear the bodies, according to the accusations.





It is widely known that corrupt Police officers in Mexico hand over young people to drug cartels in different regions of Mexico, in the case of Veracruz it is notable for the high ranks of the accused; they are the form head of state security and the heads of at least two Police divisions, which suggests that the disappearances were state policy during the administration of Governor Javier Duarte, who is being held prisoner to answer charges of corruption.

"This is the first time that an important group of people are consigned in number and hierarchy, and that it is possible to demonstrate that there is a structure, an organized apparatus of power that agrees, plans and executes an elaborate, generalized and systematic policy of disappearing people," said Juan Carlos Gutierrez, a Lawyer specializing in human rights.

"The paradigm is the strategy of the prosecution to build to build a case theory that speaks of a power structure designed to commit disappearances", he added.

The federal and military police were accused of systematic torture and disappearance when they persecuted leftist rebels in the mountains of the state of Guerrero, in the south, in the 1960s and 1970s.

But unlike Guerrero, the disappearances in Veracruz in 2013 and 2014 did not happen in remote mountains, they were blatantly perpetrated in urban settings. The squads kidnapped, tortured and released a female Police officer who travelled in a taxi after her shift, according to the indictment.

Jacqueline, as the witness was identified in court documents, apparently took the wrong taxi, the Police accused the driver of transporting a small amount of cocaine. In southern Mexico, taxi drivers often work as mules. (Otis: and often end up in execution videos). But neither the taxi driver nor Jacqueline were arrested, charged for forced to appear before a judge.

In her statement to the court, Jacqueline described a procedure similar to the one allegedly used in other cases. They forced them to exit the taxi and handed them over to the Police squad known as "Los Fieles" or "The Faithful", who took them to the Police academy known as El Lencero, where according to her she was tortured and beaten.

According to the documents read in court, the pattern was repeated in at least 14 other cases. The victims were mostly young people picked up in the streets or in vehicles suspected of acting as halcones for Los Zetas.

Apparently the were picked up by Los Fieles if the initial investigation discovered suspicious messages on their cell phones. Then they were taken to the Police academy, where they disappeared without a trace.


Nineteen Veracruz Police officers, active or retired are being tried for " forced disappearance. These include the former secretary of public security, the chief police commander and his directors of special forces, prisons and police. The victims include two women and two minors. Hundreds of graves have been found in Veracruz, but only a few corpses have been identified.

Commander Zenteno, a prisoner could clarify how the forced disappearances operated with Duarte

20 comments:

  1. Seems like there's been more operations against corrupt law enforcement officials this year than usual. In addition to the police in Veracruz, a police unit was arrested for providing information to the Gulf Cartel, and several cops connected to La Linea have gone down as well. I wonder if it's a coincidence or the start of a trend.

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  2. Remind me not to travel to Veracruz. They even had tortured a female police officer. And let her live. Anything goes in Mexico.

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    1. Hi, I want to remind you not to go to Veracruz.

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    2. More than 300 000 Mexicans murdered, some on the street were the lucky ones, but you do not just kidnap and torture the others, many get their parents extorted while their kids are screaming on the phone from torture, and MANY of the disappeared are women and very young girls, SSPEV ARTURO BERMUDEZ ZURITA did not buy his many homes on the US from hearing abiut his police suspicions and their victims screams, Duarte was leaving NOTHING to his henchmen to steal for themselves, he had enough problems stealing from the budget and LOANS FROM EVERYBODY to feed his boyfriend EPN his quota and his wife and family's greedy arses.
      Former policies federal Enrique Francisco galindo ceballos also used his state's police academy to create more sharp criminals and used to get his police commanders murdered, until new police director Manelich Castilla Craviotto kicked his as out (of SSPE in San Luis Potosi, AND has replaced him again as chief of the policia federal after CRIME OF STATE in Tanhuato against about 50 innocent young men lured to work in the rancho where one early morning they were assassinated including using military helicopters.
      Argentinian Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera did the same in his Escuela De Mecanicos De La Armada and secret detention homes. --the chilean military, navy, air force intelligence police, and "Democrats cristianos" terroristas also helped the US NAVY and the CIA consummate their golpe de estado against the Chileans and their government trained with Klaus Barbie who had been busy in Bolivia and Uruguay doing exactly what nazi death squads do, kidnapp, torture, exploit, kill, disappear their designited enemy...
      New CIA director candidate famously withnesset enhanced interrogations justified by "the demands of the time", like her former boss to be Mike Pompeo, the benghazi conspiracy theorist who surely would like to still do the same to some american journalists and former secretaries of state "to make them confess"...the shit that arrived in Mexico full steam in 2006 has arrived on the US, beleeveme, they are just looking for a credible way to get started, blaming "Mexican illegal alien narcos" is like the tip of an iceberg of BS...

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  3. Cjng and EPN are both run by the same people. And they arnt Mexican.

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  4. Also against the Zapatistas there were human rights abuses by state actors (like GAFE).

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    1. 11:36 El Charco, Aguas Blancas, Acteal-Chenalhó among them.

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  5. The Mexican politicians are becoming an endangered species, free hunting licenses are needed, but the US has the pick of the litter, after all their millions of pesos and dollars have been lured and are in US banks ready to be plucked...Mexico will get NOTHING BACK, The trillions of dollars the narco cartels have stashed away in their basements should make doo.

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  6. I’m quite sure their activities ( kidnappings, torture) were not intended to be honorable. Rather, controlled measures to protect, operations of a criminal organization.
    Clearly portraying a lack of human rights and laws.
    Question remains under who’s authority? Definitely not under the ex government official Duarte!
    Looks like a idiot! But then again can’t judge a book by its cover!

    E42

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    1. 2:22 like Graco Ramirez, in nearby Morelos State famous for its 'Eernal Spring' and the city of Cuernavaca with the same police activities of kidnapping, torturing, demands for ransom, and disappearances blamed on "El narco", Javier "La Marrana" Duarte de Ochoa and the chilean junta of pinochet, professed to be an admirer of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, and sure practiced his teachings amplified to the max.
      The nazis, neo-nazis, fascistas, falangistas were sometime the social/democratas cristianos that evolved into "warriors" practicing "war" dirty war against their unarmed unorganized people to rob, torture, rape, murder and disappear them.

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  7. Mexico First! And we will build a wall to keep out those pesky leaching Americans.

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  8. Dude looks like a Nazi in this pic

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    1. The looks of prepotency should be penalized and prosecuted,
      But i'd love to know what the charges are against "Comandante Centeno" who will have the best defense available if accused but probably flip on a dime after he sees la chicharra they gonna slip up his ass enhanced by a cattle probe or a police night stick or a ten D battery flashlight...

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    2. comandante centeno is only a police officer,
      and probably just a municipal,
      ahi pa que le midan lagua a los camotes los que queran andar ahi de calientes

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  9. i dont want to take away from the sadness when this occurs to innocents, but the police is on cartel payroll and those levantones they do is to seek and destroy thee enemies of the paying cartel.. not so much to " keep the streets clean".

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    1. Stop blaming the narcos, and you will see how the fog lifts from the "battlefield". Micromanaging governor Duarte de Ochoa never left anything that made a cent to anybody else, he was a federal deputy and worked as administrator for Z1 #2 governor Fidel Herrera Beltran who was strangely pleased with "La Marrana" duarte's performance, enough to make him "governor"

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  10. I have that here in my country to an extent where the gang members make threats towards the police and their families. Later they allow another gang to kill that person or they kill them themselves.

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    1. 10:00 here in your country it has been the police practice to allow for gangs to grow and prosper, even the Scared Straight show is puro show, used to lure those who think they are muy macho and to help goodfellas make points for their own early releases.
      since the invention of retirement funds, the cops invest in criminal risky operations that promise to return bigger returns, career criminals and mobsters must have been behind the partnering with cops, firefighters, businessmen and other state workers to become too big and important to fail or get prosecuted

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  11. No problem with killing youngsters connected to narcos. Keep up the good work.

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  12. Viva Veracruz Policia!

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