February 12, 1989 |
Mexico's consul general in El Paso, Tex. has accused U.S. officials of violating the human rights of at least 2,000 undocumented Mexican citizens last year, according to a published report Saturday. The diplomat, Enrique Buj Flores, was quoted in the Excelsior newspaper as saying that last year there were 2,077 cases reported to the consulate about abuse of rights. He said these included alleged beatings and molestation of Mexicans by U.S. authorities.
December 1, 1987 |
Mexican film star Maria Felix, one of Latin America's most popular stars of the last 40 years, told Mexico City's Excelsior newspaper that plans for her return to the screen after 20 years might be off. Last year, it was announced that Felix would star in "Eternal Splendor," which was to have started filming in Paris in August. In an interview published over the weekend, she acknowledged that "it is probable that the project might be reconsidered."
January 28, 1987 |
An average 60,000 firearms enter Mexico illegally from the United States every month, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Citing figures from border agents in Nogales, bordering the Arizona town of the same name, the Excelsior newspaper said, "Most of the weapons are handguns and automatic rifles, which are more efficient than the Mexican army's arsenal." U.S. Border Patrol agents have been cooperating with Mexican officials in a three-month-old operation to try to stop the illegal arms traffic.
October 31, 1986 |
Mexicana Airlines blamed slow maintenance work for dozens of cancellations of domestic flights Wednesday and Thursday. At least 20 flights from Mexico City to other Mexican airports were canceled Wednesday for lack of aircraft, the government newspaper El Nacional reported. Seven more were canceled within a two-hour period early Thursday, according to the Excelsior newspaper's national news wire. The Mexico City airport was packed with stranded travelers, the newspaper said.
July 7, 1990 |
Chihuahua state Atty. Gen. Jose Miller said authorities have located six more escaped convicts, and their arrest is expected soon, the Excelsior newspaper reported Friday. A total of 34 convicts escaped, four people were killed and eight others were injured during a jailbreak and riot Tuesday in Chihuahua, 225 miles south of El Paso, Tex. Twenty-six of the escapees were rounded up Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Gabriel Nahas, director of Chihuahua state's 14 prisons.
June 18, 1989
Jose Antonio Zorrilla, once head of Mexico's now-defunct Federal Security Directorate, was indicted for murder in the 1984 slaying of journalist Manuel Buendia. Prosecutors contend that Zorrilla, 47, masterminded the killing of the influential Excelsior newspaper columnist, who was shot in the back in a Mexico City parking lot on May 30, 1984. In presenting its case, the prosecution said Buendia was slain because Zorrilla feared the journalist would expose links to some of Mexico's major drug traffickers.