Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Today's headlines: Another round

Parents of the 43 disappeared students and their allies struck again Monday, trying to force their way into an Army barracks in Iguala, Guerrero. Four civilians were injured in the ensuing battle, during which the parents, along with members of the militant teachers organization Ceteg and students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college, stole beverage delivery trucks and used them to try to ram their way in. The bottles themselves served as missiles.
    All five major Mexico City dailies front the events, though only as a reefer in the case of Excelsior. Three lead with the story, and four of the five heads use a variation of Reforma’s “Army barracks assaulted in Iguala.” La Jornada spreads the blame around a bit more in its lead headline: “Fracas between civilian and military groups in Iguala barracks.”
    The melee in Iguala, the city where the September 26 attack on the rural teachers college students took place, was part of a coordinated effort aimed at army barracks in five cities. The other four were the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo, the Michoacán state capital of Morelia, the port of Veracruz and a barracks in the south of Mexico City.
    The parents, teachers and students insist that 42 of the 43 missing students are still alive, and the army knows where they are. They say their actions Monday were aimed at gaining access to the barracks so they could look for the disappeared students, or for clues to their whereabouts. Federal law enforcement officials, for their part, have refused to investigate possible military involvement in the September 26 events. The standoff ensures more violent actions by the Guerrero-based parents/teachers/students coalition. Tension, meanwhile, escalates.

El Universal turns back to the Ficrea scandal for its top head: “Daughter of Ficrea’s managing partner reveals a luxurious lifestyle.” It’s a bizarre story, “the result of an investigation carried out by El Universal” which consisted of little more than browsing through social media sites to find photos posted by María Fernanda Olvera Silva, daughter of the fugitive owner of the fraudulent financial services firm.
    Among the rich kid’s sins are attending a Super Bowl, sailing in a boat with her husband, posing with the pop singer Mijares, vacationing over the years in Africa, Europe and the United States, and taking in a NASCAR event. Pretty standard fare for the offspring of the well-to-do. True, most of them pull it all off without their father robbing billions of pesos from unsuspecting investors.  Still  . . . top front-page story? Really?

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