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> Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 6:44 PM
> February 3, 2010
> Security News
> Politicians Propose Drastic Measures
> Sharp debate over the direction of Mexico’s narco war has
> broken out in
> the wake of twin massacres in northern Mexico last weekend.
> As the death
> toll from the narco violence punctures past records, some
> leaders propose drastic responses that could curb civil
> In the northern Mexican city of Torreon, Coahuila, Mayor
> Eduardo Olmos
> urged citizens to avoid going out at night unless they had
> urgent business.
> Olmos’ warning followed an attack against a nightclub
> complex that left
> eight people and 41 others reportedly injured; initial
> reports indicated
> the victims were mostly between 19 and 23 years of age. In
> memory of the
> victims, Olmos appealed on clubs to close their doors this
> coming weekend.
> On Monday, February 1, Torreon was once again the scene of
> bloodshed. A
> shoot-out between the Mexican Army and Federal Police and
> one side and
> suspected drug cartel gunmen on the other resulted in the
> deaths of seven
> suspects. Three officers and one soldier were reported
> wounded, while an
> injured suspect was taken into custody by authorities.
> Officials also
> announced two kidnap victims were rescued from the criminal
> group. Audible
> at a nearby shopping center, the armed showdown provoked
> public panic.
> In Mexico City, meanwhile, finger-pointing, recrimination
> and accusations
> of corruption characterized the political response to last
> massacre of 16 people, mainly teenagers, at a party in
> Ciudad Juarez’s
> Villas de Salvarcar neighbourhood, the site of previous
> A member of President Felipe Calderon’s National Action
> Party (PAN),
> Congresswoman Antonieta Perez Reyes of Ciudad Juarez said
> serious thought
> should be given to ordering a curfew in the border city.
> “A curfew should
> be considered now more than ever,” Perez declared.
> Although many shootings in Ciudad Juarez have occurred in
> broad daylight
> and in heavily-transited places, Perez did not say whether
> a curfew should
> apply round-the-clock.
> On a similar note, PAN Senator Guillermo Tamborel of
> Queretaro proposed a
> “state of exception” for Ciudad Juarez, but did not
> give any specifics
> other than to say that drugs should not be legalized or the
> death penalty
> After a sometimes heated debate this week, Mexico’s
> Chamber of Deputies
> passed a resolution to make Ciudad Juarez a national
> priority. The
> legislators backed a new policy of crime prevention that
> “reconstruct the social fabric and increase the
> efficiency of
> Touring Japan, President Calderon pledged his
> administration will unveil a
> new comprehensive crime-fighting campaign in the coming
> days. In March
> 2007, the Calderon government also announced a
> comprehensive anti-crime
> strategy which, among other things, promised a focus on
> combating Mexico’s
> growing problem of drug addiction.
> Nearly three years later, drug-related violence shows no
> signs of
> subsiding. Indeed, nearly 1,000 narco-executions last month
> wracked up a
> record monthly toll.
> In Ciudad Juarez, state and municipal governments have also
> rolled out drastic crime prevention measures. In the late
> 1990s, the
> administration of Governor Patricio Martinez unveiled a
> “No Tolerance”
> policy by reducing bar hours and the times stores could
> sell alcoholic
> beverages. In subsequent years, however, homicide and other
> violent crimes
> surpassed all previous records.
> In 2007 the administration of then-Mayor Hector “Teto”
> Murguia tried to
> implement a youth curfew, but the measure was later dropped
> complaints of police harassment directed against young
> people. Similar to
> the Ciudad Juarez experiment, youth curfews were also
> enacted in different
> cities in the border states of Sonora, Nuevo Leon and
> Additional sources: Norte/El Universal, February 3, 2010.
> El Sur/Agencia
> Reforma, February 3, 2010. Articles by Claudia
> Salazar, Armando Esterop,
> Mayolo Lopez, Adriana Garcia, and Miguel Angel Granados
> Proceso/Apro, February 2, 2010. Article by Jesusa
> Cervantes. La
> Jornada/Notimex, February 2, 2010. El Siglo de
> Torreon, February 2, 2010.
> Televisa, February 1, 2010. Arrobajuarez.com, January 31,
> 2010. Diario de
> Juarez, January 31, 2010. Lapolaka.com, January 31, 2010.
> Frontera NorteSur (FNS): on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
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> New Mexico State University
> Las Cruces, New Mexico
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