News Summary for November 22th, 2010

Gunmen shot and killed the former governor of Colima state, Jesús Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, outside his home… He received three gunshot wounds in the neck and stomach. At a news conference, Colima Attorney General Arturo Díaz Rivera, said that Cavazos Ceballos was on his doorstep when three men on a van using Michoacán license plates placed on top of the license plates of a vehicle apparently robbed in Querétaro, shot at him five times. Colima Governor Mario Anguiano Moreno said his predecessor’s killing would not go unpunished and that all the force of law would be used to find the culprits…

President Felipe Calderón condemned the assassination and ordered the Interior Secretariat to cooperate with state authorities in the investigation…

The Colima government was set to pay tribute to slain former governor Jesús Silverio Cavazos Ceballos at a ceremony in the Government Palace… The PRI was also set to honor the former governor later in the morning… From there the remains of Jesús Silverio Cavazos Ceballos were to be taken to his hometown Tecomán, in Colima, where he was to be buried in his family’s gravesite…
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Four Nuevo León towns - Apodaca, Guadalupe, San Nicolás de los Garza and Monterrey- were affected by so-called narco-blockades on several roadways… Apparently, the road blockades were sparked when authorities searched a criminal security house in Arboledas del Virrey, in Apodaca…

In that operation, by the Navy, four gunmen and six Apodaca police officers were arrested and three civilians were wounded…
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The Attorney General’s Office said the process for Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias “La Barbie,” to be extradited to the United States has begun…
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Civil Protection agents in Playa del Carmen temporarily closed down the "Princess Riviera Maya" hotel a week after an explosion, apparently from kitchen gas pipelines, killed seven people, five of them Canadian tourists, the other two Mexicans… Authorities shifted 450 hotel guests to other hotels on the Mayan Riviera…
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Authorities said that 8,806 Army soldiers and 183 civilians took part on Saturday in the military display in the Mexico City Zócalo to commemorate the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution…

President Felipe Calderón urged Mexicans to above all defend the nation’s democracy and preserve it above all personal or group interests, however legitimate they might be…

Also as part of events to mark the Centennial of the Revolution, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard hosted an event to inaugurate the remodeled Revolution Monument… The event included a special water, light and sound show… Mayors from all over the world attending a climate meeting in Mexico City were invited to the ceremony…
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