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Old 02-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Gang gunbattles, Street Blockades in Mexico

Gang gunbattles, Street Blockades in Mexico

By ARTURO PEREZ, Associated Press

GUADALAJARA, Mexico Suspected drug cartel gunmen hurled grenades, burned vehicles and blocked streets in a rapid series of attacks in Mexico's second-largest city, authorities said Wednesday.

The seven attacks within two hours late Tuesday appear to have been coordinated, and were staged by drug gangs, possibly in retaliation for the arrests of their members, said Fernando Guzman Perez, interior secretary of Jalisco state, where the city of Guadalajara is located. A policeman and two transportation workers were injured in the attacks.

"This is an orchestrated attack by criminal forces," Guzman Perez said. "There have been arrests ... of people linked to these cells of organized crime, and perhaps it was because of those detentions that attacks over the past few hours broke out."

Assailants hurled a grenade at a police station and burned a bus and commuter trains to block streets, injuring transportation workers who tried to resist, he said.

Other attacks took place Tuesday and Wednesday in the northern cities of Zacatecas and Monterrey, Mexico's third-largest city, resulting in several deaths.

In the wealthy Monterrey suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia on Wednesday, gunmen fired upon a group of Mexican marines who were responding to reports of illicit activity at an apartment complex, the Mexican navy said in a statement.

The marines returned fire, killing four suspected gunmen, the navy said.

A series of attacks in Monterrey on Tuesday left a federal police officer and three suspected cartel gunmen dead and three police officers injured, said Jorge Domene, public security spokesman for the state of Nuevo Leon, where Monterrey is located.

The cartel members erected roadblocks to aid their escape, and hurled a grenade at a police checkpoint that caused a patrol car to explode.

In one of the assaults, gunmen driving a black sport utility vehicle opened fire on police officers in a patrol car in the suburb of Monterrey Apodaca, killing one and wounding three. Assailants exchanged fire with the police for several blocks before they holed up in a drug store. Another gunfight ensued before the suspects were captured. Police did not say how many were taken into custody.

Earlier Tuesday, assailants hurled a grenade at a municipal police checkpoint in Monterrey, but the officers were able to get out of their patrol car before it exploded. It was the third time a grenade has been thrown at checkpoints in Monterrey since they were set up last month.

The checkpoints are meant to monitor suspicious activity and combat vehicle theft, but have become easy targets for the cartels.

In a separate Monterrey suburb Tuesday, three suspected drug gang gunmen were killed in a shootout with federal police, said police commander Manuel Jesus Uco Limon.

January was the bloodiest month of drug violence in recent history in Monterrey. According to public security office figures, more than 120 people were killed as a result of organized crime, including 21 police officers.

In Zacatecas on Tuesday, gunmen opened fire on state police officers who had arrived after receiving a tip that armed men were parked outside an office-supply store, the government of Zacatecas state said in a statement Wednesday.

Two bystanders, a man and a boy, suffered non-life-threatening wounds in the gunbattle, the statement said. As in Monterrey, the assailants hijacked vehicles and used them to block streets to aid their escape. Two suspects were arrested. (end of article)

Now wouldn't you like to have been visiting and stumbled upon such exciting times and hope you survive so you can tell all your friends how much fun your visit was?

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And what of the Congress woman, judge and others that were killed recently in Tucson, AZ? Or shootings and gang violence in every major city in the US? Perhaps reporting of violence in Mexico sells more news than the continual reporting of violence right here at home.
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Yea, mexico is not on my list of "favorite places", but neither is Philadelphia or the Bronx!

But I HAVE to go there 3-4 times a year for work!
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This is from another thread Puerto Penasco:

Geez, have all of you who spout the gloom & doom ever been to Puerto Penasco?? To the OP, we are in PP now after coming in Monday from Q. We are at The Reef RV Park and it is darned near empty since our news media likes to sensationalize everything south of the border. We drove thru Playa Bonita yesterday & it was pretty full, but most of that was a rally. Not sure about the US BP as we don't leave until Monday. However, we noticed that since our coming & going last March on the MX side coming in they have put up new lanes & formalized the entry a bit more than it has been in the past. Check the web site for what you can take out. I hear they are getting sticky on food items.

Now for all you who think it is not safe....I would declare Puerto Penasco much safer than Phoenix, Tucson or most other major US cities. Today however it is windy & cold. Better temps later in the week predicted.
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Yea, mexico is not on my list of "favorite places", but neither is Philadelphia or the Bronx!

But I HAVE to go there 3-4 times a year for work!

Mike, what's got your shorts in a bunch about Philly, my home town?
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Visiting Mexico

I do not wish to rain on anyone's parade. I have no qualms at all with anyone that wants to visit Mexico with all that ia happening in that country. I also do not have any problems with anyone wishing to swim with sharks. To each his own. However I do think it is foolish to go places when you are not a citizen and have absolutely NO Rights should something go wrong. In Mexico a US Citizen has no more legal rights than an Armadillo. If they wish to throw you in Jail and forget you, it can be a very long time before anyone knows what happened to you. It is not like the USA where even illegals have rights. They can even take your vehicles from you and put you to walking if they wish.

I think I like being where at least I can talk to those that might can help me. It is not always so in Mexico. Americans have been spoiled into thinking the rest of the world has rights like they do in America. Friends, it just isn't so.

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NO panties in a wad here and got nothing against Philly in particular,

...I've just been to parts of Philly that looked like Bosnia or Afghanistan!
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I do not wish to rain on anyone's parade. I have no qualms at all with anyone that wants to visit Mexico with all that ia happening in that country. I also do not have any problems with anyone wishing to swim with sharks. To each his own. However I do think it is foolish to go places when you are not a citizen and have absolutely NO Rights should something go wrong. In Mexico a US Citizen has no more legal rights than an Armadillo. If they wish to throw you in Jail and forget you, it can be a very long time before anyone knows what happened to you. It is not like the USA where even illegals have rights. They can even take your vehicles from you and put you to walking if they wish.

I think I like being where at least I can talk to those that might can help me. It is not always so in Mexico. Americans have been spoiled into thinking the rest of the world has rights like they do in America. Friends, it just isn't so.

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Might as well face it, this is like pretty much ALL threads of this nature - and most already have their minds made up - those like me, wouldn't go to Mexico even if someone offered to pay for my funeral - and those denying or defending the situation there, would still go even if they had to drive thru 300 miles of blood and guts a foot deep to get there - and THEN had to spend their entire stay in a foxhole...

"Don't confuse me with FACTS - my mind is already made up!"

It's just human nature, I guess...
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This is from another thread Puerto Penasco:

Geez, have all of you who spout the gloom & doom ever been to Puerto Penasco?? To the OP, we are in PP now after coming in Monday from Q. We are at The Reef RV Park and it is darned near empty since our news media likes to sensationalize everything south of the border. We drove thru Playa Bonita yesterday & it was pretty full, but most of that was a rally. Not sure about the US BP as we don't leave until Monday. However, we noticed that since our coming & going last March on the MX side coming in they have put up new lanes & formalized the entry a bit more than it has been in the past. Check the web site for what you can take out. I hear they are getting sticky on food items.

Now for all you who think it is not safe....I would declare Puerto Penasco much safer than Phoenix, Tucson or most other major US cities. Today however it is windy & cold. Better temps later in the week predicted.
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NO panties in a wad here and got nothing against Philly in particular,

...I've just been to parts of Philly that looked like Bosnia or Afghanistan!
Most Big Cities have some undesirable neighborhoods, what city are you from?
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No city......I'm a COUNTRY BOY!

Grew up on a farm in central Illinois

Lived on a ranch in north Texas..

Now I live in No Colorado
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I frankly think that with the situations in Mexico with the corruption and the uncontrolled gang wars that no RV group should endorse or encourage travel to Mexico to limit their liability.
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When the Mexican Police get done with you and you have no rep in America, just remember, your RV may not look the same if you attempt to claim it either.
You won't be able to hitchhike out of there to come to any home in USA.
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Please all who want to go to Mex "GO" that gives me more room to see the Good ole USA that I am A Vet for! I got to see USA first and don't care to go any where else!

Yes we would report more on gang's in USA if we could use Military to take them out!
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