Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.
This week’s big story is that all 33 Chilean miners trapped by a cave-in 18 days ago are alive.
Chile’s trapped miners could be stuck until Christmas
Thirty-three miners trapped underground in Chile for the past 17 days are alive, but rescue workers may not be able to reach them before Christmas, officials said
I’ll be talking about this in this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.
You can watch another video report at the end of this post – below the fold since it starts automotically.
Seven police officers were arrested Friday for allegedly helping assassinate a Mexican mayor.
The arrests came a day after Edelmiro Cavazos, 38, the mayor of Santiago, was buried. His body—gagged, blindfolded, and showing signs of torture—had been found on the side of the road after he was kidnapped.
“They have confessed,” Alejandro Garza y Garza, the attorney general of Nuevo Leon state, said at a news conference.
Six of the arrested police officers, including Mr. Cavazos’s bodyguard, were displayed to reporters. A seventh police officer was detained later Friday.
Mr. Garza y Garza said other arrests were imminent as well.
An eyewitness said a group of at least 15 gunmen, dressed in the uniforms of a defunct Mexican police force, drove up to Mr. Cavazos’ Santiago home in a convoy of SUVs.
Adrian de la Garza, head of the Nuevo Leon State Investigations Agency, said four of the arrested officers had guarded the highway while a group of kidnappers including one of the arrested officers grabbed Mr. Cavazos.
The mayor’s bodyguard, Jose Alberto Rodriguez, who was also arrested, was allegedly grabbed with Mr. Cavazos by the kidnappers, but released unharmed shortly afterward.
During the news conference, Mr. Rodriguez said he was innocent.
The alleged involvement of so many local police in the kidnapping and killing of Mr. Cavazos goes to the heart of Mexico’s security problem, analysts say.
Corruption is deeply entrenched among Mexico’s more than 2,000 municipal and state police forces, as well as in its relatively small federal police force.
Perhaps Felipe Calderon ought to work on that, instead of coming to the USA to criticize us.
About the only good news on this is that at least the policemen were arrested.
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The week’s posts and podcasts:
Colombia captures Venezuelan drug lord VIDEO
And now for a post in Spanish: No hay “chévere”
In today’s podcast: Venezuela and Mexico
Venezuela: Censorship comes out of the closet
Easing travel restrictions to Cuba?
More on the Chilean miners: