News Summary for August 27th, 2010

++ Car bomb exploded early Friday morning in front of Televisa Tamaulipas. There is little information available as we post this summary, but it appears that no one injured.

++ Deputy Interior Secretary Roberto Gil Zuarth said the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, is an indication of the level of violence of organized crime in that region. He said that for some time now narcotics trafficking gangs force Central American and South American migrants to join them by threatening them with guns. Consular representatives from El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras and Brazil arrived at the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office in Reynosa… They are set to identify the bodies and take them back to their places of origin.

++ The Ecuadorean government planned to request of the U.S. and Mexican government additional protection for the Ecuadorean migrant who survived the massacre as well as his family… The man was transferred from the Matamoros General Hospital to a naval military base. The United States said it was interested in cooperating in the investigation into the deaths of 72 migrants killed in Mexico apparently by narcotics traffickers. U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the murders show just how dangerous those criminal groups are as they undermine Mexico’s democracy.

++ A fragmentation grenade was detonated in a bar in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco… Sixteen people were wounded, two of them seriously… Initial reports said one of the patrons at the bar was carrying the grenade and it exploded by mistake. (Comment: Mistake!!???)

++ President Felipe Calderón signed a law bill to prevent and identify operations with resources coming from illegal sources and to finance terrorism.

++ Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard asked the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, to be brave enough to admit that he made a mistake and lied when he accused Supreme Court Justices of allowing themselves to be paid bribes to uphold a law allowing same-sex marriages.