lunes, junio 05, 2006

Police Acted on Orders from Above

No matter what Vicente Fox and his underlings say, they ordered the police officers that took part in the attack on Atenco to behave as blood thirsty beasts.

Both the PAN and the PRI are placing all their chips on creating an atmosphere of fear prior to this year's elections.

Here you have a report that appeared at Narco News about what some police officers are saying, maybe because they are in clear danger of being used as escapegoats. Here it is:

Police Testify that the Beatings and Arbitrary Arrests in Atenco Were Committed on Explicit Orders from Above

Cops Turn Against their Bosses: The Atenco Citizenry Runs Televisa Out of Town in Front of Four State Troopers

By Al Giordano
The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in Mexico

June 5, 2006

Two reports this morning in the Mexican media demonstrate that the furor from below in response to brutality by government and media continues to turn on the perpetrators of the Atenco atrocity that shakes the conscience of the world. Early last month, more than 200 citizens were arrested, most of them beaten and tortured, and most of the 47 women among them were sexually abused or raped. The titanic efforts by officials of the federal government of President Vicente Fox and that of State of Mexico Governor Enrique Peña Nieto to stonewall, deny responsibility for the crime, and commit new violations of human rights to cover up those committed on the third and fourth of May, continue to unravel as the true facts surge from below.

The front page of Mexico’s largest daily newspaper, El Universal, today reports: “At least fifty” of the state troopers that participated in the police raid on San Salvador Atenco on May 4 have testified that their brutality on that day was carried out on orders from their superiors.

Rogelio Cortez Cruz, state police chief, who directed the raid, gave specific orders to brutalize the population and enter homes without a search warrant to carry out the arrests. He literally ordered the troopers to “break the mothers” of the citizenry, to “fuck them all” and to do so indiscriminately. The troopers testified that they received the same orders via police radio. At least fifty state troopers have testified to it in written statements, according to the newspaper.

The police, themselves under investigation for the rapes, tortures and brutalities of those days, also named the assistant state police chief for the region, Remedos Estrada Colín, as confirming those orders from above.


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