Angry Mob Kills 2 (Mexican) Federal Agents in Mexico


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Cellar Dweller
November 24, 2004, 12:42 PM
from AP/Yahoo (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=535&ncid=535&e=8&u=/ap/20041124/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/mexico_mob_killing)
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MEXICO CITY - A mob angry about recent child abductions cornered plainclothes federal agents taking photos of students at a school and burned the officers alive, mistaking the agents for kidnappers in the latest example of vigilante justice in a country beset by high crime.
The killings, filmed and broadcast on local television stations, were carried out by a crowd of people who cheered, chanted and shouted obscenities as they kicked and beat the agents. The mob then dowsed two officers with gasoline and set them ablaze.
In the video, the agents, blood streaming down their faces, spoke into the cameras before the burning, saying they were federal anti-terrorism agents who had been sent to the area on official business.
When asked about complaints that authorities had failed to respond to demands to investigate the disappearances, Figueroa said a full schedule had prohibited federal authorities from concentrating on the case.
Mexicans, frustrated by government corruption and soaring crime rates, have often taken justice into their own hands.
War On (Some) Drugs + "terrorism" + corruption + apathy by authorities = vigilantism, unfortunately on the "good guys" this time.

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CentralTexas
November 24, 2004, 03:02 PM
be taking pics of random kids? Knowing Mexico they WERE the kidnappers!
CT

squadfounder
November 24, 2004, 04:21 PM
Its tragic that this happened, but I can sympathize somewhat with the mob as kidnapping is quite a profitable occupation down there, and local authorities are largely ineffective or in the pocket of criminals

dav
November 24, 2004, 04:51 PM
What CT said.

Standing Wolf
November 24, 2004, 06:05 PM
I have a hunch there's a great deal more to the story than has been reported yet.

Car Knocker
November 24, 2004, 07:00 PM
Possibly contributing to the general view towards government in Mexico:

A rights group says Mexican soldiers get away with rape, abuse
Report: It calls for abuses of civilians to be tried in civilian courts, but lawmakers have rejected it in the past
By Susana Hayward
Knight Ridder News Service

MEXICO CITY - Ines Fernandez Ortega was with her four children, drying meat on her patio, when three soldiers entered her home in a small indigenous village in southern Guerrero state. They accused her of stealing the meat.
The 27-year-old Fernandez, a Tlapaneca Indian, didn't answer because she speaks little Spanish. The soldiers raped her, then took the meat.
Two years later, they remain unpunished.
Amnesty International, in a report released Tuesday, cites the assault on Fernandez as one of dozens of rapes, executions, cases of torture, kidnappings and disappearances committed by members of the Mexican army in Guerrero since 1996.
''More than 140 disappearances, at least nine rapes, untold illegal detentions, torture and repression have been documented since 1996,'' Mario Patron, a Guerrero lawyer who's working with the human rights group, said at a news conference.
Officials in President Vicente Fox's office declined to comment, saying they hadn't seen the report.
Guerrero state, best known for the tourist resort of Acapulco, has long had a reputation for violence. Of the more than 500 people who disappeared in Mexico during the so-called dirty war of the 1960s and '70s, most came from Guerrero, according to the National Commission of Human Rights.
Two decades later, Amnesty said in its report, Mexico: Indigenous Women and Military Injustice, that cases involving Mexican soldiers weren't investigated or prosecuted.
The report details nine cases of women allegedly raped by soldiers and calls for reforms to allow military human-rights abuses of civilians to be tried in civilian courts. It also notes that rape isn't a crime under Mexico's code of military justice.
''Unless there are legislative reforms, the military doesn't care about civilian allegations,'' said Monica Costa, of Amnesty International's Mexico research team. ''Otherwise, there's no justice in military rapes and disappearances.''
In 2001, Fox proposed judicial reforms that included trying members of the army charged with crimes in civilian courts, but legislators rejected that clause.
About 3,000 Mexican soldiers operate in Guerrero, largely because of its thriving drug industry. More than 60 percent of Mexico's poppies, the raw material for heroin, are grown there. But Amnesty charged that the army's ''operations are also linked to gathering intelligence on indigenous communities and identifying what they perceive to be subversive elements.''
Report is online

To read the Amnesty International Report online, go to http://www.amnesty.org and click on ''Mexico: Indigenous women and military justice'' under the ''Latest reports'' section.

http://www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2472342

JohnJames
November 24, 2004, 11:11 PM
I may be off base with this, but is it possible one of the kids ID'd one or both of the agents? With Mexico's corruption, I wouldn't be surprised if the agents were somehow involved.

carebear
November 25, 2004, 07:25 PM
Being that it is Thanksgiving, I would like to give thanks that we have the freedom and relative lack of official corruption that most of our police complaints are based primarily on attitude and have corrective procedures already in place.

God Bless the USA.

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