Today in Latin America
Top Story — Honduran police announced Monday that a drive-by shooting outside Tegucigalpa’s national stadium killed three people.
The shooting took place as around 100 fans of the Motagua club walked toward the stadium for a league match against Real España. Three other people were injured in the shooting, but their medical conditions are not known at the moment.
Police spokesman Leonel Sauceda identified the dead as Francisco Portillo, 22; Jonathan Cruz, 17, and Karol Martínez, 20, according to Sports Illustrated.
Sauceda said that the attackers might have been gang members or supporters of the rival Honduran soccer club Olimpia. Soccer hooligan groups allegedly may have been infiltrated by street gangs like Mara Salvatrucha and La 18, he added.
Sunday’s shooting is at least the fifth similar incident in the last three years in Honduras, which has become most dangerous countries in Central America. It is also the second violent incident relating to the Motagua club in the last week.
On Friday, Motagua goalkeeper Donaldo Morales shot at reporter Saul Carranza with an air gun after the journalist criticized his performances in the sports daily Diez.
Carranza was interviewing midfielder Jorge Claros during Friday’s practice when Morales opened fire, hitting the reporter twice and his own teammate once.
The reporter has since refused to accept Morales’ apology.
Just Published at the Latin America News Dispatch
- A new book launched last week traces the history of New York City’s Hispanic community. Roque Planas reports.
- Cuban-American composer and bassist Israel “Cachao” López is the subject of Monday’s PBS “American Masters” series. See the video here.
- Molly O’Toole shares some images from her recent 852-mile, 72-hour trip across the Southwest border, from San Diego, California to Arizona and back in this photo essay.
- At a recent talk in Washington, D.C. with Janet Napolitano and Hispanic leaders, hopes for immigration reform faded, while the Obama administration emphasizes advances in security. Raisa Camargo has more.
- The number of undocumented immigrants coming to the United States is on the decline. Read about it at Alison Bowen’s blog, Beyond Borders.
- The extradition of key Colombian paramilitary leaders to the United States is disrupting a historic amnesty program intended to demobilize units and deliver basic information, such as the location of bodies, to victims’ relatives. ProPublica explains in this investigative report.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- A federal appeals court says it will hear arguments Nov. 1 in Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal of a ruling that put parts of the state’s new immigration law on hold.
- Mexican authorities say at least 16 people have been killed in several days of flooding and mudslides across southern Mexico.
- Cuba is calling workers across the island to special meetings so labor leaders can brief them on half a million government layoffs coming in the next six months and suggest ways that those fired can make a living.
- Cuba has fired the Cabinet minister in charge of oil and nickel production for incompetence.
- The enforcement of a strict anti-gang law in El Salvador has triggered an alert among Guatemalan security forces for the possible entry of gangs into the country.
- Costa Rica has been named a major transit point for drug trafficking, and the United States ambassador to the country, Ann S. Andrews, is blaming the Mexican drug cartels.
- Over 520 kg of cocaine was found inside an abandoned vehicle on the banks of the Panama Canal on Sunday, according to officials.
- The Colombian armed forces say they have killed a senior commander of the Farc rebel group.
- The Venezuelan government said Monday it is taking steps designed to prevent blackouts that have been hitting several regions across the country, so there won’t be interruptions during congressional elections this weekend.
- Workers have stopped an oil leak from a pipeline leading to Venezuela’s biggest refinery in the latest accident to hit the country’s state-run company PDVSA, officials said on Monday.
- Venezuela deported two drug trafficking suspects to the United States on Monday, including an alleged boss of the powerful Norte del Valle cartel in neighboring Colombia. The action came only days after the U.S. criticized Venezuela’s cooperation in fighting illegal narcotics.
- Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo fired the heads of the army, navy, and air force and five other officials on Monday.
- Brazilian presidential candidate Dilma Rosseuff’s easy victory in the October elections is now less certain after a scandal involving her chief of staff has come to light.
- A third drilling attempt has begun to advance the rescue attempt of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground since August 5.
- Uruguay has shown solidarity with the Argentine government by blocking the access of a British warship seeking to refuel in the port of Montevideo on its way to the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands.
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