Gunbattles paralyze Mexican city across from Texas

Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 1:51 PM

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) – Late-night gunbattles with gangs who forced citizens from their cars and used the vehicles to block streets paralyzed a border city, sound of gunfire alarmed Texans on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande.

The Nuevo Laredo city government posted messages on Facebook warning citizens to stay indoors as the battles erupted at several intersections in the city across from Laredo, Texas.

Frightened people on the U.S. side of the border called emergency dispatchers after hearing the gunfire, Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said Thursday. But he said there was no spillover violence.

“We were getting reports from people who live on the river’s edge that they could hear gunfire and explosions from the Mexico side,” Baeza said.

“We didn’t have any incidents on the American side. It’s hard for people to understand who don’t live here,” he added. “They’re not Vikings, they’re not going to invade us, it doesn’t work that way.”

Nuevo Laredo city officials said they could not immediately confirm witness reports that several gunmen were killed.

Gangs used stolen cars and buses to block several main avenues in the city across from Laredo, Texas. Several residents called local newspapers to report thefts.

“For your security, stay in your homes until the alert has passed,” the city government wrote on Facebook.

When the violence subsided, the government urged citizens to come forward and reclaim their stolen vehicles.

Nuevo Laredo is among several northern cities under siege from a turf battle between the Gulf cartel and its former enforcers, the Zetas gang of hit men. Violence has surged along the northeastern border with the United States since the two gangs split earlier this year.

Gangs have frequently blocked streets in the middle of the cities to thwart soldiers coming to the aid of colleagues under fire.

In the northern state of Chihuahua, a banner appeared on a bridge threatening violence against “innocents” unless the state government fires its chief of police intelligence, Fernando Ornelas, the Diario de Juarez newspaper reported Thursday.

The banner appeared in the state capital, also called Chihuahua.

Last week, drug gangs introduced a new threat to Mexico’s drug war, detonating their first successful car bomb. The attack killed a federal police officer and two others in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua’s largest city.

Story from the Dallas Morning News.

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39 responses to “Gunbattles paralyze Mexican city across from Texas

  1. Morning peeps,

    I gotta admit the most fascinating thing about this story for me is that they used Facebook to warn people to stay off the streets.

  2. TempeBev

    Waiting for the gun battles in AZ – SB1070 being analyzed by Fed judge – and it’s OK to carry a gun in bars and restaurants.

  3. dog's eye view

    Morning all.

    Maybe the gun battles will allow people to realize we have several objectives on the border re our policies with Mexico.

    It is not all the same problem, much as Jan Brewer and defense-contractor loving congresscritters would have you believe.

    1) It makes sense to impose some sort of physical border to make drug trafficking harder. Also the National Guard and beefed up security.

    2) It makes NO sense to try to stop economic migration physically. The only thing that will work there is shutting off the jobs magnet — ie. employment verification AND employer sanctions that really hurt. (And make enough temporary visas available for agriculture, etc., because those employers really cannot get enough legal labor.)

    You will only know a U.S. administration is serious about stopping illegal immigration when it goes after employers with teeth and makes them comply with hiring legally.

    3) Time to make Mexico’s elite come to grips with its problems and share the wealth in a major way with their fellow citizens.

    Employment in the US is a safety valve for Mexico, and remittances a life raft.

    Mexico needs to take care of their own, and it’s in our interest that they do.

  4. dog's eye view

    Need to add: temporary visas must be available for work that Americans truly will not do.

    As in a great deal of agricultural work. You are not going to get unemployed Ford workers to pick strawberries in the Imperial Valley or apples in Washington state. Period.

  5. dooty

    there is a black guy that is extremely liberal that writes a weekly column for the local paper. He wrote a column last week about a rancher here that could not find Americans to help him get his baled hay out of the fields before it rained and ruined it. The rancher has come to the conclusion that the mojado’s are the only way to get the work done that he needs done. OH, shit that stirred up the anti-workmans comp people today.

    • dnd

      In the you-can’t-make-this-up department:

      Members of the freshly minted House Tea Party Caucus spent their first day of existence Wednesday trying to clarify just who they are — a tricky task when the Tea Party opposes big government and the caucus members work in the heart of it.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/us/politics/22tea.html?_r=1

    • dnd

      Doots,
      As someone who’s bucked bales in his youth, I can tell you it’s no fun. For those of you who’ve never had the experience, it’s backbreaking, it’s hot (really hot), it’s dusty, you’re breathing in hay particles all day. You work from sunup to sundown. At the end of the day, you only have enough energy to drink a little beer (that’s the best part, but also necessary to wash down all the dust), eat a little supper, take a shower and crawl into bed.

  6. Irony often escapes the notice of racists and retards.

  7. I was pretty good at making hay in my youth but I never baled it.

  8. dooty

    Dnd,

    we lived just at the edge of town and there were big farms and ranches to the south of us out side the city limits. Sometimes the farmers or ranchers would drive around looking for laborers to help with the hay crop. The work was just as you described. It would kill me now. They all had big flatbed trucks that were old and had a “Granny Gear”. They had a choke that they could pull out that would make the truck run about a 1/2 mile an hour and everyone would be on the ground throwing hay bales up on the truck. Someone had to ride on the truck and stack the bales. Pretty easy for the first two or three layers. It got progressively harder and harder. I have to say that after a few times doing that, l learned that if we were inside the house those farmers and ranchers would not stop and ask us to work.

  9. good news for you doots:

    V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/24/health/policy/24veterans.html?_r=1&hp

  10. dooty

    Texas is not a state that allows the use of medical marijuana. Hell, when I got out of the service in 1970, in Texas, you could get a life sentence in prison for possession of ONE joint. Things are better now as it is a misdemeanor for possession of up to 4 oz of marijuana. I don’t know what the ticket costs but I would bet is it is an expensive fine.

  11. dog's eye view

    Daniel Schorr had a good, long, productive life. His last NPR segment was July 10.

    Also: he was married to Lisbeth Schorr, who is awesome in her own right.

    http://www.lisbethschorr.org/index.html

    RIP Daniel Schorr. Your family is in our thoughts.

  12. dooty

    this has been completely off the news radar here in DFW. DFW is only 100 miles north of Waco where the rally is to be held. This is also about 20 miles or less than the town where W has his “ranch’ near Crawford, TX. Very conservative part of the state. Interestingly, Chet Edwards is a die hard Democrat and somehow he keeps getting re-elected term after term since 1991.

  13. dog's eye view

    That cat’s hardcore. It eats the rind too.

    Good summertime video.

  14. dooty

    In other good news today, my truck has had a “check engine” light on for a few days and it has been running rough. Finally took it to Autozone and had them run the diagnostics and give me a print out of the possibilities of what could be wrong. The first thing it said was maybe a spark plug or injector or sp wire. I left the store and opened the hood and sure enough the sp wire had backed off a touch and I pushed it back on. The light was still on after I started it but before I could get out of the parking lot on to the street the “check engine” light went off. The truck now is running very smoothly like it is supposed to. Now Monday I get to spend about $600 for a new a/c compressor as it took a shit in the spring. Then it should be like a new truck for a few months. It is always something.

    • dnd

      Doots,
      The “check engine” light is one of those events in life when you know it’s a good thing that you’re warned, but it might be a bad thing, so it’s never a welcome thing. Glad to hear your was was a simple plug wire.

      I can sympathize with the a/c compressor ins DFW, as I’ve had a heater core go out in the middle of the winter here.

  15. doots why don’t you get one of those usb devices that you plug into your car’s data port, then plug into your computer and it gives you all the info?

  16. dooty

    why buy a cow when the milk is free Brian? Autozone does this diagnosis for free. All I gotta do is drive the truck to the store. It is about 2 miles from here.

  17. dooty

    Plus I would have to buy a laptop which I don’t have.

  18. why would you have to buy a laptop? Doesn’t your desktop have USB ports?

  19. dooty

    the one I was looking at said I would need a laptop to read the codes at the vehicle. Yes, I have USB ports in fact I added a USB card to expand them. I didn’t see anything saying the unit stored the errors and that I could read them at a remote location. I could be wrong but that is my understanding.

  20. Ones I’ve seen are self contained devices that record the data.

  21. dooty

    ok I did not see those. However, nice as that would be, I can get it done for free at Autozone.

  22. dooty

    there is another story making the rounds on the conservative websites that los zetas the paramilitary mexican terror group from northern Mexico has taken over 2 ranches to the west of Laredo, TX. IN TEXAS. The Laredo police and sheriffs dept say it is not true. Of course, Brietbart has post it on his site so I hear. I have not gone there to see for myself. They really want it to be true those nutty rightwing knee jerk MFs

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