Mexico Movement for Peace with Justice Caravan to the south of Mexico met with apparent police abuse of two leading migrants' rights supporters, while its leader, Javier Sicilia, called for a truth commission to investigate the deaths of innocent civilians.
Mexico Border security measures were subject to a critical analysis as to their effectiveness and a report on abuses and possible torture of undocumented migrants by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Mexico Politics took another step towards next year's presidential election with the announcement by two leading politicians that they were formally seeking their parties' nomination.
In Mexico, Social Media Become a Battleground in the Drug War
NYTimes.com: Sept. 17, "The bodies of a man and a woman were found hanging from a pedestrian overpass in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo this week with notes threatening similar action against other “Internet snitches.” The gruesome display appeared to mark a move by drug cartels, which have murdered journalists for their reporting, to apply the same deadly pressure to any Mexicans who share information online."
Yesterday, during a speech to the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in New York, Calderón was at it again: “We must do everything to reduce demand for drugs,” he said. “But if the consumption of drugs cannot be limited, then decision-makers must seek more solutions—including market alternatives—in order to reduce the astronomical earnings of criminal organizations.”"
Marisela Morales, Mexico's attorney general and a longtime favorite of American law enforcement agents in Mexico, told The Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports. And to this day, she said, U.S. officials have not briefed her on the operation gone awry, nor have they apologized.
Two migrants' rights defenders on Peace Caravan detained by military
Also detained was migrants' rights defender, Ruben Figueroa. A state police officer beat Figueroa when the men refused to get out of their truck. As they were beating him, they told him, "We will teach you some respect." The men told the police and soldiers that they are participating in the "Peace Caravan" led by poet Javier Sicilia. The agents responded, "What caravan?"
... "What is happening is very serious. We can no longer tell where the State is and where crime is," Sicilia said Sunday Sep. 18 in Xalapa, the capital of the southeastern state of Veracruz, on one of the Caravan's stops. People poured out on the streets of Xalapa to welcome the caravan, and to tell the activists about forced disappearances and murders."
Half Mast at the Border
While there is certainly more control, more security operations in this swath of borderland, there is good reason to doubt that we are getting our money’s worth. Close up in Hudspeth County, border-security policy seems, at best, misdirected, at worst, pure folly characterized by escalating marijuana-user arrests, inter-agency tensions, opportunistic threat analysis, enormous waste, and ideological posturing. No terrorists have been apprehended."
Report alleges Border Patrol abuse of illegal immigrants
The interviews showed that 2,981 of the returned migrants said they were denied food during Border Patrol detention, while 863 reported being denied water. Of the 433 people who said they needed medical attention while in Border Patrol custody, 86 percent reported they were denied that care, the study said.
Other illegal immigrants were threatened with death, deprived of sleep and forced to hold painful or strenuous positions for no apparent reason, it said. Many of (the abuses) plainly meet the definition of torture under international law," the report said."
Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto confirms election ambitions