Mexico 21/11/10

Ex-governor of Colima, Jesus Silverio Cavazos was gunned down outside his home on Sunday. He died from his injuries in a private hospital shortly after the attack.  President Calderon has expressed his deepest condolences via his Twitter account. Silverio Cavazos governed Colima from 2005 to 2009.

The centenary of the Mexican Revolution was celebrated on Saturday with a military parade in Mexico City. On a related note, the mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, accused the government of following an overly conservative economic policy during the past 25 years that has caused “a social regression”. His comments reflect the current debate that the social inequality that led to the Revolution has not improved over the course of the past century.

Five corpses were discovered in Nayarit, three of which had been decapitated.  The headless bodies were found in the trunk of a Jeep without license plates and the others in a second vehicle with license plates from Colorado, USA. The victims were between 19 and 22 years old, and all showed signs of physical beating and mutilation.

Mexican authorities auctioned luxury items seized from drug traffickers this week. The items ranged from private planes allegedly used to transport contraband goods, to designer gold watches, diamond rings and two helicopters. 800 people participated in the event held in a hotel in Mexico City. The money raised will be used to fund the war on drugs.

In lighter news, Mexican cuisine was honoured this week by being included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

And finally, a build up of natural gas was deemed responsible for the explosion of the hotel Princess Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen near Cancun, which left five Canadians and two Mexicans dead, with 17 injured.

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– Governor  Assasinated

– Five dead found

-Five killed and nine wounded in Juaréz