Mexican state police at the site where the army controversially killed 22 people in June 2014.
Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico, United States

Mexican Army Unit Involved in Killings Has a Controversial Record

September 29, 2014 By Staff

Top Story – The Mexican Defense Department has arrested seven soldiers and an army officer as part of an investigation into the alleged massacre of 22 people in San Pedro Limón in June.

Those arrested were members of the 102nd Infantry Battalion of the 22nd Military Zone in Mexico State, which has a long history of violent incidents and controversy, reported The Associated Press.

Last December, members of the 102nd shot four civilians in the town of Arcelia, Guerrero state, mistaking them for criminals. A corporal, sergeant and two soldiers were arrested in connection with the shooting.

In February 2012, the newspaper Reforma reported that six members of the battalion, including two officers, had been arrested for taking money from La Familia cartel in exchange for information on the cartel’s rivals.

Mexico’s armed forces and police have frequently been accused of human rights abuses and of cooperating with organized crime groups.

Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


  • Cuba has sentenced Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison on corruption charges related to dealings with both Western diplomats and business executives.
  • Some 15 police officers were posted outside the home of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, generating speculation that the ex-president might be facing arrest.
  • Cuba’s government hopes that the country’s sugar industry will become its main source of clean energy. The industry currently accounts for 3.5 percent of electricity generation on the island.

Central America

  • NPR recently profiled Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega and his influential wife, first lady Rosario Murillo.
  • Intimidation and violence against journalists continues in Honduras, amidst rampant corruption and gang activity.


  • Authorities in Peru arrested two loggers suspected of killing four prominent environmental activists.
  • A top Colombian negotiator in the country’s peace talks with Marxist rebels said his email and cellphone were hacked in an attempt to “sabotage” the negotiations.
  • Mexican and Peruvian scientists have found a Machu Picchu arboreal chinchilla, a cat-size rat that was believed to have gone extinct more than 400 years ago.

Southern Cone

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