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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:09 AM

Use of torture by authorities has risen in Mexico, groups say

Source: Los Angeles Times

Use of torture by authorities has risen in Mexico, groups say

Under ex-President Calderon, incidents of torture soared, according to human rights organizations, as well as testimony collected by The Times.

By Tracy Wilkinson
December 30, 2012, 7:29 p.m.

Los Angeles Times

MEXICO CITY On the eve of Mexico's Day of the Dead this year, authorities in Veracruz declared triumphantly that they had solved one of the decade's most notorious slayings of a journalist in Mexico.

They trotted before reporters a sad-sack figure, one Jorge Antonio Hernandez Silva. They proclaimed him guilty of the April slaying of Regina Martinez, a highly respected reporter for the national Proceso magazine. He had confessed, the Veracruz government said, and the motive was robbery.

Case closed, they said with an almost palpable sigh of relief. The coastal Veracruz state had become the most deadly place for journalists in a country considered one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists. And Veracruz authorities were coming under enormous pressure to do something about the killings and disappearances, which were giving the state a bad reputation and hurting tourism.

Someone forgot to tell Hernandez Silva to play along. Hours after he was presented to reporters, he appeared in court at the local equivalent of an arraignment. There he blurted out that he had been tortured by state officials bent on extracting a confession. They forced water up his nose and threatened to kill his mother. He had nothing to do with Martinez's slaying, he declared.


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Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #1
bitchkitty Dec 2012 #2
Grins Dec 2012 #3
bitchkitty Dec 2012 #4
Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #5
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #6
humblebum Dec 2012 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:30 AM

1. K&R

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 01:52 AM

2. That is so scary.

In some places, the police are a bigger danger than the predators. Or they are the predators.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:47 AM

3. This is nothing new...

I was reading about police in Mexico doing this back as the mid-70's. Everyone knew what was coming when police went into cells with 6-packs of Fresca or Coka-Cola.

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Response to Grins (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:27 AM

4. Did you read the post?

The torture isn't new, and Mexican police have always enjoyed a shitty reputation, but it says "Under ex-President Calderon, incidents of torture soared, according to human rights organizations, as well as testimony collected by The Times." That is what's new - the volume. Brought to you by the War on Drugs.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:10 PM

5. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld said it was ok! I say lets start with Congress and work our way down.

Lets not forget the corporate media either!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:37 PM

6. We give Mexican law enforcement and military lots of money.

To fight our war on drugs. That is what is driving this.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:45 PM

7. As if it wasn't regularly used in the past. nt

 

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