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Monday, Oct. 29, 2012          MexicoPerspective.com

Body mutilations during first 5 years of Calderón administration placed at 1,303

      Body mutilations by organized crime during the first five years of the Calderón administration have been placed at 1,303. There were 32 reported in 2007 and 493 during the first 11 months of 2011.
      The mutilations, which include beheadings, have been attributed to being attempts for organized crime groups to intimate their rivals, law enforcement and the general public. The worst states for body mutilations are Chihuahua, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Durango, Sinaloa, Mexico state, Baja California, Jalisco, Coahuila, and Veracruz.   
       The story said the first mutilation believed to have taken place in the recent run of events was on April 20, 2006, when the heads of two policemen were placed on a wall of a government building.
       Mexican schoolchildren are taught about the use of beheadings as a form of intimidation. In 1811, four leaders seeking Mexican independence from Spain were shot to death and beheaded. The heads of Father Miguel Hidalgo (considered to be the father of Mexican independence) as well as Ignacio Allende, Juan Aldama and Mariano Jiménez were then displayed from the four corners of the granary in Guanajuato as a warning to others not to seek independence from Spain.
       Mexico finally achieved independence in 1821, but only after the French invaded Spain.
       Story in Frontera (PDF).

17 reported seized by armed men in Guerrero

      Seventeen people were reported to have been seized by armed men in the Tierra Caliente area of Tijuana. The seizures took place in Santa Rosa de Lima and Corral de Piedra in the
Ajuchitlán del Progreso municipality. Story in Frontera (PDF).  

FRONTERA'S INSECURITY BAROMETER

One killed during week in Tijuana

One person was killed during the week ending Oct. 28 in Tijuana, Frontera's Insecurity Barometer reported. There were 32 vehicle robberies and 34 people detained with drugs.
Insecurity Barometer, Frontera (PDF).

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
Oct. 29 1
Oct. 22 5
Oct. 15 no Insecurity Barometer
Oct. 8 2
Oct. 1 2
Sept. 24 2
Sept. 17 6*
Sept. 10 9
Sept. 3 0
Aug. 27 2
Aug. 20 4
Aug. 13 2
Aug. 6 0
July 30 3
July 23 1
July 16 4
July 9 2
July 2 page did not run
June 25 4
June 18 3
June 11 5
June 4 3
May 28 9
May 21 3
May 14 2
May 7 3
April 30 6
April 23 0
April 16 page did not run
April 9 6
April 2 7
March 26 1
March 19 3
March 12 0
March 5 9
Feb. 27 5
Feb. 20 2
Feb. 13 1
Feb. 6 1
Total 118 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15, July 1 and Oct. 14

* The six deaths listed appear to be low as two stories mentioning seven violent deaths ran at the bottom of the page.

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