Tuesday, March 28, 2017



Military Police to strengthen security in Sonora
By: Jorge López | 3/28/2017 6:35


During the next two months, a thousand soldiers of the Fifth Brigade of the Military Police will remain in the municipalities of Hermosillo, Cajeme, Huatabampo, as well as in the valleys of Yaqui and Mayo, to reinforce security in the state.

Norberto Cortés Rodríguez, commander of the Fourth Military Zone, explained that until the end of May, a thousand military police will remain in the state to maintain the peace and tranquility of Sonora.

"They come to join the efforts that are being made to continue maintaining the tranquility here in the State; Are effective that arrive in addition to those that already existed here in the Central and Southern part of the State of Sonora, "he said.


Adolfo García Morales, Secretary of Public Security, acknowledged that although Sonora is considered to be safe, there are regions where there are some problems, and this is where it will be strengthened by the military presence.

"There are regions such as the Sierra Alta, the Sierra Media, the southern part of the state, where more deployment is required and obviously the number of soldiers, and those thousand soldiers will make great support to continue maintaining the levels of security And improve them, especially, "he said.

There will also be a military presence on the Sonora border with the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, he said, and at the overnight center located at Estacion Don.

It will be a coordinated work with the different security corporations in the State, he added, and a strategy based on the operating group and restricting criminal mobility will be defined.


The Secretary of Public Security clarified that the presence of the Military Police was an agreement between the governor Claudia Pavlovich and the Secretary of National Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos to strengthen security in the State, worse not because it is in the red spotlight.

"Even if they see the statistics," he said, "the state of Sonora compared to the Northeast and the Northwest of the Republic, we have numbers that do not put us in a red spotlight on any of the high impact crimes that we have and that are product Of the analysis of the Executive Secretariat of the National Commission of Public Security ".

Call to avoid militarization of public security

It is necessary to specify the tasks that will be carried out in the State by the elements of the Military Police and to restrict the contact with the citizenship to avoid human rights violations, assured the specialists in public affairs.

Guillermo Noriega Esparza, a specialist in transparency issues, said that before the arrival of a thousand elements of the Army, he worried that it could give a impression of militarization of public security.

For Germán Palafox Moyers, director of the Citizen Observatory for Coexistence and Security, the presence of the Military Police in the State should be exclusively dedicated to specific areas that help fight organized crime.


Mexico governor says Chihuahua too weak to fight cartels
4 hours ago
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

Javier Corral, Governor of the state of Chihuahua, gestures during a news conference about the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico March 27, 2017Image copyrightREUTERS

Mr Corral was speaking days after a local journalist was shot dead in her car
The governor of Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, has said his government does not have the means to tackle organised crime.
He said he had requested federal resources to help local police fight the drug cartels.

Mr Corral's comments come four days after the murder of a local journalist, Miroslava Breach, in Chihuahua City. Ms Breach had reported extensively on the links between organised crime and politicians in the state.
She was shot in her car on Thursday outside her house in Chihuahua City, becoming the third journalist killed in Mexico this month. One of her children, who was in the vehicle, was not hurt.
'For being a loud mouth'
Mr Corral said there had been "significant progress" in the investigation since Sunday.

Journalists and activist protest against the murder of the Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, outside the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Mexico City, Mexico, March 25, 2017Image copyrightREUTERS
Image caption

Several protests have been held across Mexico since the journalist's murder on Thursday
Police have released a surveillance camera image of one of the men suspected of shooting her. But no arrest warrants have been issued so far.

Mr Corral said that Chihuahua will not be able to combat the powerful criminal organisations operating in the state without federal help. "The Federal Government is notably absent in the fight against violence in Chihuahua, even though 75% of the murders that happen here are in the remit of the federal authorities," he told La Jornada newspaper. Ms Breach worked for La Jornada and a regional newspaper, Norte de Juarez.

The gunmen left a note at the crime scene that read: "For being a loud-mouth."
On Friday and Saturday, dozens of her colleagues and other demonstrators took part in protests calling for justice and demanding a thorough investigation.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says 38 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992.


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