The re-capture of El Chapo dominated media headlines on television news and social networks. A few other important events happened in Mexico while you were distracted by drug lords and Hollywood actors.
More Disappearances in Guerrero
Armed gunmen kidnapped 17 people in the El Salitre community and killed three others in the municipality of Arcelia, Guerrero. Mayor Adolfo Torales said the 17 people who were taken were not associated with any criminal group adding that they are “merchants, blacksmiths, farmers” and that they are all working people.
According to initial reports, the victims were in a group of vehicles heading to a wedding in the town of La Palma, last Saturday, when they were attacked on their way through the community of El Salitre. Two of the victims who were found shot dead were drivers: David Burgos Martínez, age 20 and Lot Bahena Rojas age unknown.
Initially the SSP explained in a statement that the state police found two bodies at the scene that had gunshots, as well as 15 abandoned vehicles, including trucks and motorcycles, two of them burned.
Later, at dawn on Sunday, security forces deployed in Parotas found a third body located 300 meters from the road, also killed by gunshot.
The mayor said that the perpetrators of the attack accused the victims of being associated with Familia Michoacana but he says that’s not true as he knows all 17 missing people personally. Families of the missing marched on Tuesday, January 12 and blocked the highway that goes from Iguala to Altamirano, demanding those missing be presented alive.
Today one more of the 17 people who were kidnapped was found dead raising the bodycount to four victims.
Just 2 days after the kidnapping of 17 people in Arcelia, 4 teachers and the principal from the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica 114 were kidnapped from the municipality of San Miguel Totolapan, Tierra Caliente. According to witnesses the 5 were taken violently from their school campus by military and men dressed in black carrying AK-47’s.
Massacre in Nuevo Leon
Armed commandos assassinated 7 people, mostly youths and 3 minors, in Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon. The deaths occurred around 23:00 on Saturday night in different parts of Nuevo Leon. Nuevo Leon prosecutor, Trevino Roberto Flores, said the perpetrators were between six to eight gunmen traveling in three vehicles.
The victims names and ages were as follows: Francisco Alejandro Flores Amaro, El Gali, age 18; Ulises Uriel Álvarez Rodríguez, age 19; Pedro Antonio Esparza Medina, age 23; José Ángel Gómez Muela, El Choco, age 44, Juan Ángel, age 16; Gerardo, age 13, and a 10 year old boy whose name was not provided.
The Fall of the BMV
Mexico’s stock market had the worst weekly drop since 2011. The first week of 2016 was negative for the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV), accumulating a loss of 6.31% over the end of last year due to uncertainty over the future of China, falling oil prices and global indicators.
The Dollar Rose to 18.08 Pesos
The dollar broke beyond the barrier of 18 pesos setting a new record high according to figures from the Bank of Mexico (Banxico). In exchange houses located the airport of Mexico City, the US dollar hit a record high of 18.08 pesos. Last Thursday afternoon, the Bank of Mexico auctioned 200 million additional dollars to the 200 sold in the morning, to try to contain the depreciation of the national currency against the dollar.