May 13, 1994 |
The Mexican government has asked the United Nations to provide technical assistance to national observers of the Aug. 21 presidential elections and to issue a report on the country's new computerized electoral system. U.N. officials said they are acting on the request, made in a letter dated May 10 and released Thursday. This is the first time that Mexico--a country generally acknowledged to be plagued by election fraud--has ever asked for such help.
March 19, 1994 |
Growing pressure from its citizens, epitomized by a Jan. 1 Indian uprising in the southern state of Chiapas, is forcing Mexico's government to match the strides made toward opening the economy with similar advances in the notoriously closed political system.
November 20, 1993 |
A heated controversy has arisen here regarding the Mexican government's purported vow to extradite a suspected rapist to the United States in exchange for a Florida lawmaker's "yes" vote on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Apart from possibly violating Mexican law, critics here say, the reported agreement between Mexican Atty. Gen. Jorge Carpizo MacGregor and U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr. (R-Fla.
June 3, 1993 |
Mexican police hunting the killers of a Roman Catholic cardinal have discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel that drug traffickers were building to smuggle narcotics into the United States, authorities said Wednesday. The lighted and concrete-reinforced tunnel is strategically located between Tijuana's international airport and the Otay Mesa border crossing. Police sources estimate it was about 100 feet from completion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1994 |
Serious people in Mexico fear that the elections on Aug. 21 will be followed by widespread civil war. The Defense Ministry has bought anti-riot armored trucks and four attack helicopters from the United States, and has deployed several thousand troops to about 10 states, allegedly to pursue drug dealers. The weekly Processo reports that independent guerrilla groups are operating in the states of Puebla, Vera Cruz, Oaxaca, Michoacan and Guerrero.
January 14, 1994 |
The fighting appeared to have halted in southern Mexico on Thursday, but the political fallout from 12 days of guerrilla warfare has barely begun. The uprising that cost more than 100 lives, observers say, is an indictment of a semi-feudal system that has left many Indians feeling powerless, with no way to resolve their problems by peaceful means.
December 7, 1993 |
A suspected drug kingpin, part of a family mob allegedly behind the Guadalajara shootout that left a Roman Catholic cardinal and six others dead last May, has been arrested, federal police announced Monday. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 44, was captured in the northern border city of Tijuana, where he and three brothers allegedly control a lucrative drug business.
July 11, 1994 |
The regional chief of the Mexican immigration service in Tijuana and two deputies have been dismissed and charged with corruption in a growing scandal involving an alleged network of Mexican federal officials allied with immigrant smugglers.
January 11, 1994 |
Mexican Interior Minister Patrocinio Gonzalez Blanco Garrido, a former governor of the embattled Chiapas state, Monday became the first political casualty of the deadly Indian uprising that has jolted the government of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Saying he was acknowledging "that which did not work," Salinas announced that he had accepted Gonzalez's resignation and replaced him with Atty. Gen. Jorge Carpizo MacGregor, a former human rights ombudsman.
June 25, 1994 |
Interior Minister Jorge Carpizo MacGregor resigned Friday in a move that undercut the credibility of this nation's planned presidential elections. "I am more than angry, I am indignant and disillusioned," he wrote to President Carlos Salinas de Gortari in a resignation letter in which he accused politicians of lies and libel in connection with preparations for the Aug. 21 vote. "One has to know when to leave. That moment, for dignity and conviction, has arrived."