News Summary for September 21st, 2010

++ Federal government security spokesman Alejandro Poiré condemned actions to negotiate or promote a truce with organized crime… He was referring to an editorial printed in the El Diario de Ciudad Juárez newspaper after hired gunmen opened fire on two photographers, killing one of them… The editorial criticized the State saying there was a power vacuum and asked criminals what they want from the paper.

++ Deputy Judicial and Human Rights secretary at the Interior Secretariat Felipe Zamora Castro said there is no vacuum in authority and that neither do criminals represent a de facto authority.

++ El Diario de Ciudad Juárez newsroom director Pedro Torres said the editorial intended to shake people up and he said it was regrettable that the federal government won’t admit that organized crime is a problem bigger than authorities can handle.

++ The Principal Office on Research at the European Commission expressed concern because European students on academic exchange programs in Mexico are going home because of high rates of violence in Mexican cities.

++ Coahuila Governor Humberto Moreira said the United States is more violent and unsafe than Mexico… At the 28th Binational governors meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Moreira said statistics show that violent deaths over 30 years in Coahuila equal violent deaths in just one year in California.

++ Hurricane Karl left 12 people dead in the state of Veracruz as well as 500,000 people forced from their homes and 29,000 lacking electricity… The storm affected 209 of Veracruz’s 212 municipalities.

++ President Felipe Calderón traveled to Veracruz… He flew over certain areas and toured others hit by Hurricane Karl… He said that it was urgent to provide supplies to the population and to guarantee that security forces prevent pillaging and stealing in areas affected by the storm.

++ And heavy rains killed one person in Oaxaca, and more than 2,000 homes were submerged in the state capital and neighboring districts.

++ An alert continued in effect in Tamaulipas, after floods struck Matamoros and suburban areas in Tampico, Madero and Altamira.

++ Heavy rains and floods caused a bridge to collapse in the state of Puebla, on the Mexico-Tuxpan federal highway.

++ Ninety-two of the 125 city councils in the State of Mexico ratified the reform to article 12 of the state constitution to ban political alliances in elections.