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Organized crime blamed for 160,000 business closures in Mexico in 2011

Insecurity created by organized crime in Mexico forced the closure of more than 160,000 companies in 2011 alone, according to the country’s employers confederation Coparmex. The warning, late Tuesday, came amid raging gangland-style violence across swaths of the country which is blamed for some 50,000 deaths since 2006. “Organized crime…

Mexico drug violence killed 12,000 in 2011: reports

MEXICO CITY — Some 12,000 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 in Mexico and around 50,000 have been killed since the start of President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on drug gangs in 2006, media reported Monday. The reports came out as brutal violence continued to rock parts of Mexico amid…

Mexico detains one of most wanted gang leaders

MEXICO CITY — Mexican security forces have captured a regional leader of the Zetas drug gang who was on a list of the country’s 37 most dangerous criminals, a statement said Monday. Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, alias “El Lucky,” was detained in the city of Cordoba in eastern Veracruz state,…

Mexican social justice leader urges solidarity with ‘Occupy Wall St.’

LOS ANGELES — Speaking to the annual Drug Policy Alliance conference on Friday, Mexican poet and social justice leader Javier Sicilia blamed “the 1 percent” for the brutal cartel violence that has gripped his country, and urged drug reform activists to stand with “Occupy Wall Street” in criticizing America’s economic…

‘Anonymous’ threatens to identify Mexicans involved with drug cartels

The hacker activist group “Anonymous” said this weekend that it may begin revealing the names and addresses of individuals who work for the Zetas drug cartel, in hopes that the Mexican government would step in and arrest them. Shortly after the release, announced in a video published in Spanish and…

Mexican president sparks drugs war row

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon has provoked a dispute with the main opposition party, the PRI, by alleging that it might consider deals with drugs gangs if it won the presidency next year. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico for 70 years to 2000, is favored…

Twenty die in Mexican prison fight near U.S. border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Fighting in a prison on Mexico’s border with the United States has killed 20 people and wounded 12 others, authorities said on Saturday. The violence broke out this morning following an altercation between two inmates in the prison in Matamoros, a northeastern city right opposite Brownsville,…

Perry suggests U.S. military role in Mexico drug war

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said on Saturday he would get the U.S. military involved in Mexico’s war with drug cartels, in comments likely to upset the Mexican government. The remarks appear to be a new misstatement on foreign policy by Perry, the Texas governor…

Mexican group vows to ‘eliminate’ feared Zeta drug gang

MEXICO CITY — A paramilitary group is vowing to “eliminate” the Zetas, reputedly Mexico’s most violent drug gang, in a video posted on the Internet several days after 49 bodies were found on the streets of Veracruz. The video, posted on Saturday according to its creators, shows a group of…

Casino attack in Mexico’s Monterrey leaves 53 dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Masked gunmen killed at least 53 people at a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, leaving it ablaze with patrons trapped inside in one of the worst attacks in a major Mexican city in years. Analysts and officials said the brazen assault had all the hallmarks…

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