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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wounded Man Slain at Clinic in Juarez


Armed assailants burst into a Red Cross clinic to finish off a wounded man, police in this violent Mexican border city said.

The victim had been brought to the clinic by his brother, who was badly wounded during Monday’s shooting inside the Red Cross facility and had to be rushed to another hospital in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

This is not the first time killers in Mexico’s murder capital have pursued their wounded prey to a hospital.

Last month, hundreds of Juarez doctors and nurses staged a 24-hour strike to demand action from authorities at the end of a year that saw three area physicians murdered and 11 other health professionals abducted.

More than 3,100 homicides were reported last year in Juarez amid a brutal war pitting rival drug cartels against each other and the security forces, while 10 people were slain in the first three days of 2011.

Organized crime elements were also involved in incidents that left three dead and four wounded in and around the northern city of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon state and home to some of Mexico’s leading industrial corporations.

All but one of Monday’s casualties occurred in an attack by gunmen on a city street, Monterrey Public Safety Secretary Jorge Garza said.

A 13-year-old boy and two adult men were killed and three other people wounded, he said.

In the Monterrey suburb of Apodaca, a marine was wounded and three suspects arrested in a military operation to apprehend a reputed crime boss.

The targets of the raid hurled grenades and fired assault rifles, Apodaca police chief Clemente Yañez said, adding that the suspects who managed to flee set two cars on fire and commandeered cargo trucks to block the main access route to Monterrey’s international airport.

Last year was the bloodiest in the history of Nuevo Leon, with more than 740 killed in drug-related violence, including 76 state and federal police.

Mexico’s drug war has claimed more than 30,000 lives nationwide since December 2006.


  1. is mexico so poor that they can't even afford to protect their hospitals? if the U.S. military were in juarez, this would not have happened. man, i pray for the people in juarez. i dream...i fantasize of the day that the U.S. army from fort bliss goes to juarez to kick some serious narco ass. juarez is'nt that big of a city. mexico should have already secured juarez by now.

  2. Mexico has an economy has big as Canada, in other words it's the country with the 14th largest economy in the world. Certainly is not poor like Colombia,Honduras,El Salvador etc. The problem with Mexico is that it's one of the countries that doesn't spend much of it's money on law enforcement(there's an article about it).Most municipal police and some state police departments are so poorly funded that the police officers themselves have to buy their own ammo and other equipment(the pay is also poor to Mexican standards). That's why police departments are easily bought by organized crime groups/cartels. I disagree with you no foreign country should even "invade" Mexico and if they do I'm ready to die for my country. The drug war has caused more problems than it have solved. What Mexico needs is to fund the money(Miranda) into education(the most important), temporary jobs or full time if it's possible, rehab centers and other activities poor kids can distract themselves.

  3. This happens here and there, not that uncommon, in 2007 CAF gunmen stormed a Tijuana hospital, and in the same year attacked a morgue and stole a body.

    On another note, I don't know if US Military in Juarez is a great idea, we don't have the greatest track record when it comes to foreign occupations/operations.

  4. @ Sahid,

    thanks for bringing some sanity to the blog. As an insider, you make the right analysis. We have to pass the gory pictures to see what the roots of the problem are and fix them.

    What you wish for is what happened in Italy after WWII. The govt didn't try to take the mafia down, but aimed to restore order in a poor and feuding country. That meant agreeing with the mafia on a code of conduct compatible with the development of the country. They did what Romans did earlier.

    Indeed, a lot of proceeds from drug trafficking got invested in the region. It was an easy way to launder the money and it did help develop the mezzogiorno.

    Italy has one of the most corrupted administration in Europe after Albania and Bulgaria, but it enjoys a good economy (that does not only rely on tourism but also on fashion, mechanical, small business), and a better education system the US'. There is an permanent collusion between the presidents of the council (head of the govt) and the mafia bosses. This has allowed to prevent narco-terrorism ala Zeta and bloody turf wars.

    Indeed, you can have a quiet walk in Napoli at night, thanks to the "collaboration" between the local cops and the Camorra, who controls the local administration.

    They understood that there will always be demand for drugs, always be supply, and always be a business to make ends meet. For many years the Italian mafia has been leading the heroin trade. Now it might be the Mexican cartels who will add heroin to coke, meth etc... and become de facto the biggest drug business in the world. Does anybody thinks there is any chance to take such a profitable business down? Seriously?

    Since you are living on the South side, what do the folks say about 2012? Do some believe Calderon's propaganda or are they ready to pull the carpet under the PAN? Is there an viable alternative to PAN and PRI?

  5. Everyone in Mexico is saying the PRI in the next elecetion will win and they will cut a deal with the big capos in Mexico to bring the violence down or atleast keep it down to a few random hits. I have heard it from a few sources in Mexico. Can anyone else elaborate?

  6. yeap ..if PAN fails to beat them into obedience...and they don't support PAN in the next election....PRI will have it for another 70 years....and it will all settle down to business as usual...just like before

    as always it is about politics...the struggle for power on a high level

  7. I wouldn't be so sure that the PRI could ever begin to running things in Mexico all alone once again, even if they wanted to, which they much don't. Mexico's ruling elites now are as much enamored of their two party system where they get to kick other social classes around while pretending to be democracy in action, just as much as the US ruling class is in love with that same set up in the US, too.

    For PAN to permanently sink, it would sink down and out of sight for good together with the PRI in Mexico. Same in the uS. We will get sick of both the two parties the business community forces us to vote for together, or we will get rid of neither of them. They rise or will fall together as a package deal.


  8. @ SahidMarquez

    for real...Mexico is not poor is perceived that way ...and Mexicans work it for all that it is worth...

    it does have an extreme disparity in distribution of wealth

    that is a big part of the problem in think rich Americans are some greedy arrogant culeros...jajajaj...

    baby you ain't seen nothin till you have some dealings with el ricos de Mexico

    they wont even pay the army and police enough to keep them honest....

    as you can see most of the people killed are either just standing in the way , or fighting for the crumbs

    and if you don't think the ricos are involved in the drug business ...DUH

    if they wern't getting a big piece of it it would end tomorrow

  9. True in Mexico you are really rich or really poor. Far few in between and far are fortunate. In Mexico there exists very few middle class and more and more are underprevilaged and poor. Ignorance and lack of education plays a big role for many youths in Mexico who turn to crime. But for many they have nothing else to look forward to or few options. For those who are privelaged end up being very educated and do well. But to say Mexico is poor and completely unedcuated is not true. I do business with people in Mexico and nothing but good things to say about the honest, trustworthy business people I deal with. Otherwise plenty have deep pockets there and many have and keep prospering because of the drug consumption or export of it.

  10. 15 more in Acapulco


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