As Mexico has aggressively militarized its “drug war” over the past years, the nation’s capital has been an exception, with authorities reluctant to send soliders to patrol the seat of federal power—until now. Over 1,000 army troops have been mobilized to the streets of Nezahualcóyotl, a suburb of Mexico City, just south of the Federal District line in México state, which has seen a dramatic increase of violence in the past weeks. The México state Prosecutor General says 119 assassinations have been registered so far this year, mostly in Nezahualcóyotl. The decision to send in army troops—under a program dubbed “Operation Neza”—was apparently sparked by the Sept. 16 stabbing death of México state lawmaker Jaime Serrano Cedillo of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Although subsequent reports have indicated he was killed by his wife in a domestic dispute, Serrano was the second PRI politician killed in as many days last week. On Sept. 15, Eduardo Castro Luque, newly elected to the Sonora state legislature, was shot full of nine bullets in front of his home in Ciudad Obregón. The twin slayings came when the country was on high alert for Independence Day celebrations, with extra troops deployed to conflicted states to head off terror attacks on the festivities. The PRI, a once-entrenched political machine, returns to power after 12 years in opposition, when president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office in December. (LAT, AP, Sept. 21; WSJ, El País, Spain, Sept. 20; EFE, AP, La Jornada, Sept. 15)
The Aboriginal Press News Service (APNS) is the international, non-partisan, not-for-profit, grassroots newswire of the Aboriginal News Group (ANG).
We seek to support, educate and unify Indigenous Peoples, Bloggers & Activists covering news information important to Original Peoples, First Nations communities and other ethnic-minorities subjected to discrimination, marginalisation, neoliberalism and genocide.
- Canada’s hidden tale of shame: Goar | Toronto Star
- The Split in Fanmi Lavalas:How and Why It Came About, and What It Portends
- Man jailed for republican rioting – UTV Live News
- First Nations schools need a bigger boost, economist to warn chiefs – The Globe and Mail
- ALEC Members Refuse to Sign a Pledge Supporting Democracy
- "First Nations are taking action on three fronts: They want a legal acknowledgment that the Crown..." tmblr.co/Zu0CAw10wcnKj 9 minutes ago
- "Wednesday, December 11th 12:30 pm Amazon Watch / CIEL conference room 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW #1100..." tmblr.co/Zu0CAw10wcEGS 11 minutes ago
- "In five of these countries — Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, Sudan — plus parts of Nigeria and..." tmblr.co/Zu0CAw10waTXz 17 minutes ago
- "Dallas police Chief David Brown in August fired two police officers over the incident and one was..." tmblr.co/Zu0CAw10wZxRW 19 minutes ago
- Rakyat Papua Harus Memaknai Figur Mandela | Suara Pembaruan ow.ly/2C2tZi 20 minutes ago