Is this the U.N. forcing it's hand in Tamaulipas on Mexico?
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Mexican federal prosecutors take over border disappearances
The Associated Press
Updated: June 1, 2018
FILE - In this May 10, 2018 file photo, women carry a banner calling attention to the cases of people who have gone missing in the fight against drug cartels and organized crime, demanding authorities locate their loved ones, as they mark Mother's Day in Mexico City. According to federal data, there have been more than 6,000 registered disappearances in Mexico's Tamaulipas state alone since 2006, more than any other state. Eduardo Verdugo / AP
MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal prosecutors said Friday they are taking over the investigation into the disappearances of 28 people in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in recent months.
The 20 case files will be handled by the federal prosecutors’ office on forced disappearances, a term used to refer to abductions by security forces. The office said “there have been complaints alleging the participation of marines” in the disappearances.
Despite the uproar over the disappearances, President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Mexico’s navy and marines in a speech in another city in Tamaulipas, the same state where the disappearances occurred.
“We Mexicans know we can count on the professionalism, integrity and dedication of the navy,” he said. As in the United States, Mexican marines are part of the navy.
Earlier, the government pledged to send investigators to talk with the families of victims and gather any evidence they might have.
According to federal data, there have been more than 6,000 registered disappearances in Tamaulipas since 2006, more than any other state. Nuevo Laredo is a city plagued by extreme violence and dominated by drug traffickers who once belonged to the Zetas cartel.
Tensions were especially high in Nuevo Laredo in March, when some of the disappearances occurred. On March 25, marines were ambushed in the city three times by gunmen. One marine was killed and several wounded.
During the third clash, a helicopter was called in. A family’s car driving through a shootout was hit and a mother and two of her children were killed. The father and one boy were wounded, but survived. The navy initially denied responsibility, but after an expert concluded the fatal shots came from above, the service acknowledged its helicopter accidentally killed the civilians.
Re: Is this the U.N. forcing it's hand in Tamaulipas on Mexico?
There are some vague evidence that this has been staged by CDN. If so, it must be the largest PR victory any cartel have ever managed to manipulate the world media with.
That last incident in that AP press release did happen, but there are pictures on social media with families and individuals making complaints and protesting that have been bought by the Nuevo Laredo cartel to do so.
It is hard to know what to believe in Mexico, I guess anything is possible.
Apparently investigations have shown that CDN paid 80.000 pesos a week to a Human Rights Group in Nuevo Laredo to discredit Semana and Semar. This practice started back in 2015 with the arrest of Ramiro Pérez Moreno AKA Ramas, where he paid the president of the Human Rights Committee of Nuevo Laredo, Raymundo Ramos Vázquez, 5.000 dollars a week to hide members of the crime organization in their offices, carry out demonstrations against and file complaints against the armed forces.