Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blood on his hands

Controversy trails new Mexican ambassador to Canada
Canadian Press: Mexico's new ambassador to Canada arrived in the diplomatic corps trailing some unpleasant baggage, his appointment protested by rights organizations in both countries... 

It is his legacy as governor of the border state of Chihuahua that has garnered the most criticism. During his mandate, the rapes and murders of hundreds of women and girls began in the industrial city of Juárez. 

Barrio Terrazas famously dismissed the number of women who had died to that point as nothing unusual, and suggested the victims were to blame for walking in dark places and dressing provocatively. He resisted calling a special investigation until the final year of his mandate in 1998, and then told the New York Times: 'It's been very well handled.'... 

The FBI and investigative reporters have theories on the murders, and all are connected to organized crime... Barrio Terrazas recently told a reporter he was coming to Canada partly because of the poor security situation in his home state.

by Marcela Valdes
...González Rodríguez told Bolaño how his findings suggested that the killings in Juárez were connected to the local police and politicians and to the mercenary gangs maintained by the drug cartels. The police don't seriously investigate the murders, he explained, because they're badly trained, or they're misogynists, or they've made deals that allow the narcos to operate with impunity.

So there's no serial killer? González Rodríguez recalls Bolaño asked him. No, of course there's a serial killer, González Rodríguez replied. But it's not just one serial killer. I think there are at least two.
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