Mexico headlines of the day: mixed messages?

Posted by: Phineas on April 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Two headlines in the Public Secrets morning intelligence report caught my eyes today. Let’s see if you, too, can spot the problem.

First:

Juárez mayor says residents feel secure

Six months into his tenure, Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía Lardizábal has a surprising public message for outsiders: Juárez residents generally feel safe.

“I cannot speak for everyone,” Murguía told the El Paso Times while in Austin on Monday. But he added, “I feel that as a whole many people feel secure. Of course, with certain precautions.”

Second:

Woman’s body found in Juárez; homicide toll surpasses 700

Chihuahua state authorities said the body was in a sitting position, leaning up against a wall.

Her face was beaten and her bluejeans were pulled down to her knees.

The woman had not been identified but appeared to be in her 20s, with light skin and dark shoulder-length hair.

I guess the woman and the 30 others killed since Friday didn’t take “certain precautions.”

Oh, and that’s 700 murders for this year alone.

If that’s an environment in which Mayor Lardizábal believes people can feel safe, I’d hate to see what he considers “dangerous.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Carlos says:

    “certain precautions” would probably include using the Popemobile, with a remote-controlled 50-cal. mounted on it.

  2. Kate says:

    It looks like the Mayor is taking “certain percautions” to keep himself from a similar fate as the young lady just found dead.

    You know he won’t be crossing the cartel with any real security for his people.

    God Bless the common Mexican citizen with this kind of leadership.

  3. Glenn Bergen says:

    It sounds like the mayor has been sneaking into “Big Sis’” peyote stash.