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Old 08-11-2008   #16 (permalink)
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The first article says that at about 9 am today, the subdirector of Police was just leaving his home with another officer to go about his daily business when he was intercepted by 6 armed men dressed all in black, who proceeded to empty their weapons, firing at least 60 bullets into the two men, who were both killed. It is estimated that the men used AK-47 or R-15 weapons.

The asst. chief of police, named Manuel Jesús López Cantú, was 42 years old and had apparently been receiving death threats because of his work involving trying to crack down on drug trafficking. The officer with him, José Alfredo Gordillo Maldonado, was 36 years old.

The assassins got away in one or more Suburbans, and the Mexican Army has set up road blocks on the highway from Tulum to Cancun and on the way to Merida in an attempt to catch the killers (this is what is mentioned in the follow up article).

Anyone with better Spanish who would like to correct my interpretation, PLEASE do.
That's what it says, good job! It also says they set up road blacks on the highway in tulum, and cancun to prevent possible suspects from escpaing on either highway, and that said road blocks are creating alot of traffic congestion.
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Old 08-11-2008   #17 (permalink)
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This was obviously a planned single event with a specific target.

So to put it into perspective these events rarely involve tourists or happen in the touristic areas of towns.

As I imagine the gang problems of Los Angeles do either.

Statistically speaking, it's heart attacks and cancer you should be more worried about.
There is a big difference here. Gangs of LA are not killing high ranking police officers . Look I understand the situation, its not going to stop me from my trips down. The reality is this will continue to happen to the PDC policia. Should they take the bribe money and look the other way?
Mindbender I just thought your remark was bit flippant.
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Old 08-11-2008   #18 (permalink)
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It wasn't meant to be flippant. Just to bring some balance.

So often people worry far more about an event here than the ones that are happening around them in their own countries.

When the hurricanes hit, sensationalistic journalists described Playa as destroyed. Next they'll say Playa is a drug war zone.

Neither is the case.

If it was, I certainly wouldn't be living here.
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Old 08-11-2008   #19 (permalink)
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So horrible for the families, so sad.
I can see where Mindbender's remark could have been called flippant. But on the other hand, the jouralists do blow things way out of portion such as the hurricane (Wilma I remember very well as we were flying out 2 weeks later and I felt Playa was completely gone and was not). So yes the next step is to scare everyone into not going on their vacations. I wish the news was just reported as fact and not laced around the edges.
This is just another reason so many people always comment to me about how they would not go to Mexico as it is not safe. They are referring to the border towns, have not a clue where Cancun, Playa, or the Riveria Maya is.
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Old 08-11-2008   #20 (permalink)
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The police killings in Puerto Vallarta started last month with targeted murders of high ranking officials; within a few days there were machine gun battles in neighborhoods between gangs and gangs and police and gangs. The army is now running security there and they have captured a number of Colombian gangsters.
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Old 08-11-2008   #21 (permalink)
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The border towns were huge tourists areas. We used to love to go across the border and shop and eat and spend the day. The line to come back into Texas was long. But no one goes there anymore. We wont even go to Laredo like we used for pottery and rod iron stuff. Its just not the border towns anymore, its Monterrey, its the Baja, its Cabo San Lucas, Mexico City and Puerta Vallarte. And innocent tourists are becoming victims. It does concern me that the Police were shot in Playa. Im not going to get hysterical over it but I will certainly be more cautious. Mexico has got to get a handle on the drug traffickers or they will just take over.
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Old 08-11-2008   #22 (permalink)
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Mexico has got to get a handle on the drug traffickers or they will just take over.
I agree, Becky. And hopefully the US can get a handle on their drug problem so that the middle men in Mexico won't find it so important to protect their livelihood.

This is a global issue, not just a Mexican issue.
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Yes your right. It was unfair of me to single out Mexico but just seems lately they have been in the spotlight with all the officials being killed. Lord knows the US is full of druggies. I cant believe the people who think pot isnt really a drug. Ahhhh!
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Scary, .... Crazy world...
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Old 08-12-2008   #25 (permalink)
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You could take the view that Mexico is actually getting much tougher with the narcos and their associates. That's why they're getting more desperate in their actions.
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I just read an article yesterday that said there is an increase in narcotics relatedviolence in Mexico because the government is cracking down on drug dealers. Guess it will get worse before it gets better....
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It made the news in LA.

This was in the Spanish-language newspaper in Los Angeles, CA.
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here's some photos from a local site in the Mayan Riviera:

Galerías: Ejecución en Playa del Carmen

you can see in the second photo the two empty ammo clips on the ground.

Lord have mercy on us.

This is nuts.

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Old 08-12-2008   #29 (permalink)
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Reminds me of a documentary I saw on Miami in the 80's. It was a war zone during the reign of Pablo Escobar.

A truly unfortunate series of events for police in Mexico. A very complicated situation to say the least. No easy answer.
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Director of police in PDC executed

Drug wars are raging as 41 have been executed in Mexico since Sunday. The director of police in PDC was one of the murdered.
Diario PorEsto! - 41 ejecutados
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