[Marxism] Juarez Killings- Mexico Moves to Stop Police Killings of Women
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Fri Mar 5 00:12:08 MST 2004
Fox has decided that he must finally move against the police corruption in
Chihuahua before the 2006 presidential campaign gets under way. The
continued mass murders of hundreds upon hundreds of young women there has
severely tarnished his image of being a reformer, or of the PAN as being
any sort of minimal improvement over the PRI. So relunctantly, Fox has
now moved into damge control mode, and finally the government has begun to
move slowly against the despicable military/ police involvement where so
many young women were sexually assaulted and tortured to death.
The level of this police corruption and its connection with drug
trafficking, labor trafficking, and the trafficking of women into
prostitution underlines the severity of the 'Colombianization' of Mexico.
All this driven by the insane US Drug War and criminalization of the US
poor and minorities at home within the US.
Here are two articles about the current move against the Chihuahua police
Inquiry indicates police, drug ties
Disturbing reports say women were tortured and slain as celebration
March 1, 2004
By ALFREDO CORCHADO and RICARDO SANDOVAL / The Dallas Morning News
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico An organized group of state and local police
officers known here as La Línea The Line is the target of an expanding
Mexican federal investigation into the killings of scores of local women
over the last decade.
Informants told authorities at least some of the women appeared to have been
abducted, raped and killed to "celebrate" successful drug runs.
U.S. and Mexican officials said they believe at least 20 officers in the
Chihuahua state and Ciudad Juárez police departments double as enforcers and
traffickers for the Juárez drug cartel, headed by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes,
Mexico's most powerful and most wanted drug kingpin.
The officers being watched by Mexican federal authorities command a broad
network of smugglers along this stretch of the Mexico/Texas border, Mexican
investigators said. La Línea's reach is sweeping: from hampering murder
investigations in which drug smugglers are suspects to participating in the
abduction, rape, torture and killing of women, the investigators said.
"There have been confounding issues of impunity that can only be explained
by police corruption, complicity and impunity," said a U.S. law enforcement
official who spoke on condition of anonymity. "This is an explosive issue
Chihuahua state officials have said they will cooperate with federal
investigators to root out any corruption. That posture represents "proof
that we will not cover up for anyone," said state Attorney General Jesús
A former drug dealer familiar with La Línea's activities told The Dallas
Morning News that he had seen abducted women at drug traffickers' parties.
"Sometimes, when you cross a shipment of drugs to the United States,
adrenaline is so high that you want to celebrate by killing women," the
He added that because he did not see the women again after the parties, he
assumed they had been killed.
and another article about how the Chihuahua police have framed up hundreds
of innocent people accused with these crimes the police themselves
A Detour of Justice
Looking for his cousin Neyra, a man finds jail, torture and a forced
February 24, 2004
By ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News
CHIHUAHUA CITY, Mexico A day after Neyra Azucena Cervantes disappeared
last May, her frantic family turned to a relative, Miguel David Mesa
Arqueta, for help. He seemed like the right choice. As soon as he arrived
from his native state of Chiapas, Mr. Mesa went to work raising public
awareness of the case. He organized families of other missing women to
occupy highway toll booths and halt traffic acts of civil disobedience
like those he orchestrated as an immigrant-rights activist in Los Angeles.
He lashed out at the state attorney general, accusing him in a heated
public exchange of running an agency "full of corrupt and incompetent
Looking back, Mr. Mesa said he should have known what was coming: On July
14, just after police said they had discovered the remains of Ms. Cervantes,
Mr. Mesa was summoned to police headquarters. There, he said, he was
tortured for nearly 12 hours and forced to confess to killing Ms. Cervantes,
who was 19 when she disappeared.
Today, Mr. Mesa remains in jail, proclaiming his innocence, a claim
supported by the victim's family.
"They needed a convenient scapegoat," Mr. Mesa said in an interview inside a
state prison in Chihuahua City. "And they needed to shut me up. This was
never about finding justice for Neyra."
Mr. Mesa is one of hundreds of people jailed in connection with the deaths
of hundreds of women in the border state of Chihuahua. Yet supporters say
that his arrest, and those of many others accused in the cases, will provide
no answers for the victims' families and will instead raise more doubts
about Mexico's much-criticized legal system.
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