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June 23, 2011

Mexico urges inquiry as US agent shoots man on border

The shooting happened at a heavily patrolled part of the border
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Mexico’s government has condemned the fatal shooting of a Mexican man who was allegedly throwing stones at US agents across the Tijuana-San Diego fence.

The Mexican foreign ministry said the use of firearms to repel stone-throwing was “disproportionate”.

San Diego police said the man had struck one agent and was about to hit another when he was shot.

There have been several fatal border shootings in recent years, increasing the controversy over the use of force.

The shooting happened late on Tuesday near the San Ysidro crossing point between Tijuana and San Diego.

According to US authorities, three men were trying to get over the border when they were stopped by two agents.

Two of the men fled back across the fence and began pelting the agents with stones, they said.

When one of the officers was hit, the other opened fire.

Mexican police said the man, identified as Jose Alfredo Yanez, was shot twice and died on the Tijuana side of the border.

Serious injury

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said on his Twitter account that he had raised the issue with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Guatemala, where both were attending a security conference.

“I demanded that those guilty be punished,” Mr Calderon wrote.

The Mexican authorities and rights groups say the US Border Patrol uses excessive tactics to deter migrants.

“We simply cannot allow our law enforcement agents to use lethal force when confronted by rock throwers,” said Kevin Keenan of the American Civil Liberties Union.

But the Border Patrol says rock attacks on its agents are frequent and capable of causing serious injury.

“Agents don’t shoot their weapon unless they fear for their lives or the lives of their partners or innocent third persons,” Justin De La Torre, acting assistant chief patrol agent in San Diego, told the Los Angeles Times.

In one of the most high-profile shootings, agents last June shot dead a Mexican teenager at the border crossing between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. The FBI concluded that the agent fired while fending off a rock attack.

This latest shooting is being investigated by the San Diego police and the FBI. The Mexican authorities are also conducting their own inquiry.


They end the lives of two men in Acapulco

Thursday June 23, 2011 | Comments: 2 Comments  

The place known as Seven Corners, located in Central area of ​​Acapulco, Guerrero, was the scene of a shooting in broad daylight.

Unknown individuals arrived and fired at a group of people, of course heavy detonations caused fear among the people that were shopping, walking or working on the site.

Authorities confirmed that a man had been executed, was identified as Joaquin Flowers Juarez, 50.

In this action another man was injured and suffered a heart attack in shock, was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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Liberia discovers arms cache near Ivory Coast border

Fighters along the Liberia Ivorian border on patrol in April Liberian mercenaries were accused of fighting on both sides during the violence in Ivory Coast
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The haul included rocket propelled grenades, machine guns, assault rifles.

A police spokesman said 92 Ivorian refugees were being held for questioning about the weapons.

Liberian mercenaries were accused of fighting on both sides during the violence that followed Ivory Coast’s disputed election last November.

Alassane Ouattara won the presidential poll but the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to give up power and had to be removed by force.

The BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, says both countries have expressed concern about the return to Liberia of mercenaries who fought for Mr Gbagbo.
‘Bob Marley’ arrested
The area in Grand Gedeh county where the arms were found is one of the places where these mercenaries and militias fled after Mr Gbagbo was arrested on 11 April, our reporter says.


The police statement said authorities had uncovered 67 AK-47 rifles, several machine-guns, three rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft steel rockets, as well as lots of ammunition.

Earlier this week, the Liberian police announced that a mercenary commander known by his nom de guerre “Bob Marley” was in custody.

He has been accused by the UN and US-based Human Right Watch of ordering the killing of civilians while fighting for Mr Gbagbo.

The elections in Ivory Coast were meant to draw a line under a 2002-03 civil war which left the country split in two, but it led to a stalemate lasting more than four months.

This week, the Ivorian authorities said they were setting up a national commission to investigate crimes committed during the violence.

Both Mr Ouattara’s forces and those loyal to the former president are accused of atrocities.



Mexico’s Hidden War

Thursday, June 23, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

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But behind the headlines, under cover of impunity, a low-intensity war is being waged.

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Found a man gunned down in Sinaloa … was also tortured

Thursday June 23, 2011 | Comments: 53 Comments  

During last Tuesday night, was found another run in Sinaloa, the body was found near a golf Gotcha, the authorities moved to the site located on the borders of itajara.

The body was lying on the street Macario Gaxiola, and those responsible for notifying law enforcement sector were neighbors who heard several gunshots, the man had been recently executed.

Reports confirm that the victim had been tortured in the neck had a barbed wire, his hands were cuffed as well, and received at least 11 dead in different body parts .


Found a man butchered in Zihuatanejo

Thursday June 23, 2011 | Comments: 221 Comments  

Guerrero wakes up with a new account gruesome discovery, since during the morning elements Zihuatanejo Municipal Police, State Police and the Mexican Army moved to a truck stop located in Colonia Los Reyes, where remained human remains.

Residents from the area indicated that a man had been abandoned butchered, so reported the incident to the authorities, who cordoned off the area.

It was a sturdily built man, light brown skin, and there was no identification. His remains were taken to the amphitheater of the Medical Examiner for corresponding autopsy and where waiting to be claimed.

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An armed masked militiaman stands at a makeshift checkpoint in Abidjan Both Alassane Ouattara’s forces and those loyal to Laurent Gbagbo have been accused of atrocities

Victims of post-poll violence in Ivory Coast have been given 30 days to submit testimony to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said these would lend support to his request for a formal ICC investigation into crimes committed during months of violence.

The crisis began when Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in November’s poll and had to be removed by force.

An estimated 3,000 people were killed before Mr Gbagbo’s arrest in April.

This week, the government of newly inaugurated President Alassane Ouattara said it was setting up a national commission to investigate crimes committed during the four-month dispute.

Both Mr Ouattara’s forces and those loyal to Mr Gbagbo have been accused of atrocities.

“Should the judges authorise the opening of the investigation, victims will also have the opportunity to participate in the proceedings and, at a later stage, to request reparations,” the statement from Mr Moreno-Ocampo’s office said.

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Thursday June 23, 2011 | Comments: 49 Comments  

Three youths, including one minor, were executed during yesterday afternoon south of the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. The executions were recorded in two different events, which were led by the same armed group, according to preliminary inquiries.

Minutes before 17:00 am, a group of gunmen were present in the colony Arthur B. de la Garza, and right at the intersection of Hilario Martinez and Alfredo Garza Rios, located two young men and shot them. In that action a boy was killed and another was seriously injured.

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They find a baby coup de grace in Durango

Thursday June 23, 2011 | Comments: 419 Comments  

Authorities located the bodies of five people shot in the body, one of whom was a baby four years

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The bodies of five people killed, including a child under four years old, were located in a place called Mud, Canatlán Township, said the Attorney General.

The bodies, all shot gun and some with the shot, were taken to capital state by the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) as unknown, however, times were later identified by relatives.

The names of the deceased are Yolanda Yesenia Gandarilla Venegas, 26 years old, Jose Umer Flowers Nunez, 39, and his son Joseph Isaac Flowers Venegas, four years.

Sayra addition Gandarilla Venegas, 19, and Alonso Cabreta Sarabia 54, all residing in the community Lilies, the municipality of Canatlan.

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