Tag Archives: José Reyes Baeza

President goes to Juárez to announce new security strategy …

President Calderón travelled to Juárez to unveil a new security initiative for the troubled city. His speech outlined a four point program: reinforce the security presence in the city (including reversing plans announced last month to redeploy the military from the city to rural areas of Chihuahua); cleaning up the local police and municipal authorities; new social programs to fight poverty, provide better local medical care (including addiction services), and more schools and athletic facilities; and increasing citizen participation. He was accompanied by first lady Margarita Zavala, Gómez Mont, Chihuahua governor José Reyes Baeza, Juarez mayor José Reyes Ferriz, and six other cabinet secretaries. Subsequently, the President announced he would return this week to followup on the initiatives. (Reforma 2/11)

President changes tack on Juárez violence

After initially seeming to blame the victims in the massacre of 15 high school students at a birthday party in Ciudad Juárez (“they were probably killed by another group with which they had a certain rivalry”), President Calderón announced another change in strategy to address the violence in the border city. The President promised, without providing details, an “integrated” strategy including new social assistance programs, while also saying that the measures “will not be imposed from the center, but proposed and discussed with the people of Juárez, and implemented hand in hand with them.” Government Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont is travelling to Juárez today to discuss new actions with Governor José Reyes Baeza. Separately, the Army said they killed the presumed leader of the attack on the students, Adrián Ramírez, in a shootout. The motivation for the attack on the students remains unknown. (Reforma 2/3,  2/7)

Chihuahua to move seat of state government to war zone

Chihuahua Governor Reyes Baeza (PRI) said he was issuing a call to move the legal seat of the three branches of state government to Juárez from Chihuahua for as long as necessary until the city’s violence is brought under control.  He demanded that the federal government provide another Ps. 3 billion in assistance to the state and called on President Calderón to come to Juárez to visit first hand the families of the victims. PAN party president César Nava called Reyes Baeza’s action “pure progaganda” and “illegal.” According to Reforma’s tally, there were 2,082 gang killings in Chihuahua in 2009, mostly in Juárez, and another 228 in the first five weeks of 2009. (Universal 2/7, 2/8, Reforma 2/7)

Juárez cartel creates own paramilitary squads

According to the organized crime directorate SIEDO, the Juárez cartel led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes has created its own paramilitary hit squads, recruited from among members of the Army’s elite units.  The ‘Lynxes’ are thought to number at least 80 men, operating in 4 or 5 man cells, and are the cartel’s answer to Los Zetas, the paramilitary wing of the Gulf cartel. The Lynxes are thought to be behind the attempt against Chihuahua governor José Reyes Baeza last February. (Universal 7/20)