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TuesdayMay 29, 2012

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Witness at Police Officers’ Torture Trial Murdered in Argentine Prison

Witness at Police Officers’ Torture Trial Murdered in Argentine Prison

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A prisoner who was a witness at the trial of 27 police officers for torturing inmates in a prison in southern Argentina was murdered a month before he was to be included in the program of temporary releases, a non-governmental organization investigating the case told Efe on Monday.

Cristian Ibazeta was attacked and stabbed about 20 times on May 21 at Prison No. 11 in Neuquen province and died on the 25th from the injuries he sustained.

According to police, the prisoner’s injuries were caused by other prisoners, a hypothesis that the Zainuco human rights organization called into question.

“He had never suffered injuries or had problems with any companion in the prison,” said Gladys Rodriguez, the president of Zainuco, an organization that in 2010 was prominent in the trial of 27 police officers from the same prison accused of torture. Ibazeta testified at the trial and six officers were found guilty.

The torture was carried out in 2004 after inmates took over three wings of the prison to protest the bad treatment they and visitors had suffered, including Ibazeta’s mother whom police “forced to strip naked” during a visit, sources with the NGO said.

Zainuco said that the judiciary would be asked to investigate the death of Ibazeta, who in addition to testifying in the trial of the police officers had filed seven complaints for mistreatment by prison authorities, the reason why he had been sent to several prisons around the country.

“For us, it’s not believable that this was a problem among prisoners. For us, there is clear responsibility of the state, given that Cristian Ibazeta was not just any inmate. He was in confrontation with the police and not with his cellmates,” Rodriguez said. EFE

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Labor Rights Pioneer Dolores Huerta Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Labor Rights Pioneer Dolores Huerta Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Today, President Obama bestowed labor rights pioneer and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, Dolores Huerta with the highest civilian honor,  the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Huerta is being honored for a lifetime dedicated to workers’ rights and social justice.  She stood behind Robert F. Kennedy just second before he was assassinated, she helped create the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in California and created the Dolores Huerta Foundation to help organize low-income immigrant communities to obtain better education, health and quality of life and those are just a few of her accomplishments.

Huerta was also instrumental in securing passage of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.

The 82-year-old Huerta was one of thirteen recipients to receive this honor at the White House today. 

Huerta noted when she found out she would be receiving this honor: “I am honored to receive this award. It affirms the importance of organizing to maintain a democratic society, be it for workers, women, the LGBT community, or immigrants. Organized communities guarantee civic engagement, which creates the path for a just, fair, and peaceful society. Bringing our organized movements together can insure the majority of Americans the ability to participate fully to achieve the American dream.”

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Jets Interesting Off-Season Quarterback Watch: Sanchez vs Tebow

Jets Interesting Off-Season Quarterback Watch: Sanchez vs Tebow

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The New York Giants are coming off an improbable run to win the Super Bowl last season, but the other New York football team is hogging the offseason headlines.

When Peyton Manning decided to take his talents to the Denver, the New York Jets stepped in and traded for the popular Tim Tebow. The move surprised many because the Jets financially committed to a different quarterback in Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez, a favorite amongst Latino fans, was the fifth overall selection by the Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has started 47 games in three seasons, but has been average statistically. Sanchez took the Jets to back-to-back AFC Champions games in his first two seasons, but the Jets missed the playoffs last season. Sanchez put up his best stats in 2011 by throwing for 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Tim Tebow was drafted by Denver in the first round of the 2010 Draft. He became popular because of his play at the University of Florida and because Christianity is a huge part of his life. Tebow started 11 games last season and took the Broncos to the playoffs after several fourth quarter rallies. However, Tebow has been criticized for his throwing technique and only completed 46.5 percent of his throws in 2011. Tebow is a great running quarterback and racked up 660 rushing yards on 122 attempts last season. Tebow threw and ran for a combined 18 touchdowns. Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they lost in the divisional round to the New England Patriots.

The Jets have started their organized team workouts and the media has closely watched. Sanchez is the starter as of now and has garnered high praise from his coaches, according to the Washington Times.

Tebow has struggled so far in practice by tossing interceptions and not making the easy throws. He admitted that he is still learning and developing. 

The Jets quarterback situation should be in interesting this year. Tebow is a media darling and is now in the media capital of the country. Sanchez must compose himself and shy away from people who want Tebow to start at quarterback. If the Jets lose games early in the season, Tebow will replace Sanchez and “Tebow-mania” will hit the Big Apple.

Story Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Nate Jacobson

 

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“Querido Tommy” Singer-Songwriter Tommy Torres Enjoying Online Success

“Querido Tommy” Singer-Songwriter Tommy Torres Enjoying Online Success

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Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Tommy Torres fulfilled the dream of a follower with the song “Querido Tommy” (Dear Tommy), which has made him a social-network sensation and is the advance single from his upcoming disc that goes on sale this summer.

The artist, who two years ago distanced himself from the media out of “necessity,” is back in the news with a song that was suggested on a social network.

“I’ve tried to stay in touch with my fans. I think it’s very beautiful to be able to communicate with them directly with no middlemen,” Torres told Efe during an interview at his recording studios in Miami.

“Querido Tommy” was suggested by a message from a follower who was in love and asked the artist on Twitter to help him tell a girl he loved her.

“At first I never thought it would be a single because more than anything it was an exercise,” said the singer, who is now enjoying cyber-success with the song, whose video has attracted some 370,000 visits on YouTube in two weeks.

“When I presented it to my record label they told me it was an innovative idea and the song had a lot of heart. That’s why we decided to launch it on social networks where the idea came from,” Torres, who has a contract with the record label Warner/Chapell Music Latin America, said.

And together they found that launching it on social networks and not on traditional media like television has been “part of the magic.”

Among those helping to promote the single are colleagues in the industry like Ricardo Arjona, Ricky Martin, the Jesse & Joy duo, Luis Fonsi, Ednita Nazario and Alejandro Sanz, who have lauded the song on their respective Twitter accounts.

But something that still astonishes him is that the youth who asked for the message, “and I only know that his name on Twitter was Paco,” has made no further contact with Torres.

“It’s a mystery - his Twitter account no longer exists. I hope he turns up and finds out what’s happening,” he said.

Torres, winner of several Latin Grammy Awards and author of the Ricky Martin hit “Tu Recuerdo” (Your Memories), said that the number has caused such a sensation that “we’ve had to bring forward the launch date of my new disc.”

Torres, however, preferred not to give any details about his new album, as yet untitled, but said it would have 12 cuts.

“I’m still one of those people who think that a disc is a complete work of art. You can’t give it out piece by piece,” because the album tells a story, Torres said.

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Marlin’s Relief Pitcher Leo Nunez Returns to U.S. as Juan Carlos Oviedo

Marlin’s Relief Pitcher Leo Nunez Returns to U.S. as Juan Carlos Oviedo

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The baseball career of Leo Nunez has turned into the curious case of Juan Carlos Oviedo.

The Miami Marlins’ relief pitcher is back in the United States after being caught using a fake name in September 2011 and having to remain in the Dominican Republic to resolve his identity and immigration issues. 

Oviedo was born in Bonao, Dominican Republic in 1982. When Oviedo was 17 years old he took the identity of childhood friend Leo Nunez, who was a year younger. Oviedo according to sources, wanted to be younger to earn a larger contract from MLB, and changed his name and age. 

Oviedo is happy to be back in America after he feared his MLB career would be over. Also, he is proud that he is using his original name because it was his father’s name.

Oviedo has to serve a league suspension until July 22 for engaging in age and identity fraud, according to the Miami Marlins. He has picked up 92 saves for the Marlins in the last three seasons. He will likely slide into a setup role with Heath Bell as the closer in Miami.

Story Written by HS News Sports Writer: Nate Jacobson

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ICE Increases Number of Agents to Focus on Deportation of Criminal Undocumented

ICE Increases Number of Agents to Focus on Deportation of Criminal Undocumented

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Without public notice, on May 14, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased the number of agents tasked with finding and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

The timing of the move has some thinking it is merely a political/reelection ploy from by President Obama, as deporting “criminal illegals” allows him to address immigration without really addressing it. While many call for changes in the immigration system with things like the DREAM Act, the government is able to point to the deportation of undocumented criminals and say immigration is being addressed.

Another theory is that as a result slowing illegal immigration, the number of deportations is down, leaving ICE short of a quota, as a each team, up to 129 from 104, has a “goal” of arresting 50 suspects each month.

However, ICE officials have insisted that no such quotas were set.

It seems even those within ICE are having trouble with the increase in manpower.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

“Our officers in the field are being told by senior-level managers that this is politically motivated to bump up the numbers during an election year for the Obama administration,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, a union that represents approximately 7,300 ICE employees.

“During this administration, every year we are restricted from doing our jobs during the year and then at the end of the fiscal year we have to pull some kind of stunt to pull our numbers back up,” said Crane.

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Among List of Words Used Online, Flagged by Gov’t - Mexico, Border, Trafficking, Illegal Immigrants

Among List of Words Used Online, Flagged by Gov’t - Mexico, Border, Trafficking, Illegal Immigrants

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Pressured using the Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its list of words it monitors online, both in online media and on social media sites like Facebook.

The list, which is used by DHS’s National Operations Center, is used as means of identifying possible threats to the nation’s security, however, many wonder if it’s just another form of “big brother” keeping an eye on everyone.

The list, part of the ‘Analyst’s Desktop Binder’, includes a number of words like “attack”, “Al Qaeda”, and “terrorism”, but also has a section of keywords labeled, Southwest Border Violence (see below).

On any given day, one uses many of these words online, thinking nothing of it, as most are not plotting terrorist attacks or drug smuggling trips.

In letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wrote that the keywords and terms are vague and broad and include “vast amounts of First Amendment protected speech that is entirely unrelated to the Department of Homeland Security mission to protect the public against terrorism and disasters.”

EPIC, a privacy watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request and later sued for the release of the 39-page document.

Earlier this year, DHS told the Huffington Post that the manual ‘is a starting post, not the endgame’ for maintaining “situational awareness of natural and man-made threats.”

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See the full list here.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Sniffer Dog Finds Drugs Hidden in Rectum

LATINO BLOTTER:  Sniffer Dog Finds Drugs Hidden in Rectum

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Malone, the drug-sniffing dog that works the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, abilities are now legendary.

A couple of weeks ago Malone sniffed out Paulo Alfredo Macias, 35, for carrying drugs in his rectum.  Yes, you read that right not his pocket but his rectum.

The 5 ounces of heroin were inside an oval-shaped pellet that was inside Macias – but that didn’t matter Malone knew something wasn’t right about Macias as he walked across the border from Mexico.Image

Most drugs coming in from Mexico are hidden in transportation vehicles or hidden on the smuggler, rarely are they hidden in body cavities.

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Ashley Caldera Shot and Killed in Park Celebrating her 16th Birthday

Ashley Caldera Shot and Killed in Park Celebrating her 16th Birthday

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While celebrating her birthday over the weekend, a California girl was shot and killed.

Ashley Caldera and her friends were waiting for another friend Saturday night in a Fontana, Calif. park when two young men reportedly approached the group after getting out of a car and asked, “Where you from?”

The frightened girls reportedly ran, but Caldera fell and the men opened fire, shooting and killing her.

As Caldera lay there dying, her friend 17-year-old Jasmine Dominguez said she held her hand, trying to comfort her.

Image“She was squeezing my hand and she just let go,” Dominguez told KTLA. “I tried pressing her chest and she just… was dead.”

Caldera and her friends were in the park waiting for a friend. They were all going to head over to a sleepover as part of Caldera’s birthday celebration.

She had just turned 16 and was looking forward to getting her driver’s license.

Her mother, Lorraine Valdez, says she still cannot believe her is gone, calling her a good girl, who did well at Fontana A.B. Miller High School and had no ties to any gang.

A Facebook page, “R.I.P. Ashley Ann Caldera” was created in her memory and friends and family came together at the park on Sunday to remember the fallen teen.

The Fontana Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call the Fontana P.D. tip line at (909) 356-TIPS or WeTIP at (800) 78-CRIME.

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Jessica Sanchez Singing the National Anthem in Front of U.S. Capital (VIDEO)

Jessica Sanchez Singing the National Anthem in Front of U.S. Capital (VIDEO)

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Jessica Sanchez has been very busy since “American Idol” finished.  The AI finalist performed a heart-stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of the U.S. Capital this weekend in honor of Memorial Day.

Sanchez, who came in second in the AI finals losing out to Phillip Phillips, is already planning her post-AI career announcing exclusively to Huffington Post her plans to record a Spanish-language album.  As the second place winner Sanchez is not guaranteed a recording contract which was the practice in the past for American Idol finalists.

The 16-year-old singing wonder who is half-Filipino, half-Mexican credits the support of the Latino community for her amazing rise to the top of American Idol. 


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Bravo’s New Season of “Top Chef Masters” Includes Lorena Garcia and Sue Torres

Bravo’s New Season of “Top Chef Masters” Includes Lorena Garcia and Sue Torres

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Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” upcoming season four has announced its new slate of award-winning chefs who will compete for the title and win $100,000 for their charity,

This show, which premieres on Wednesday, July 25 will feature 12 top chefs including Lorena Garcia, owner of Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant in Miami and Sue Torres, chef and owner of Sueños in New York.

Venezuelan-born Garcia is one of the most well-known Latina chefs in the country and describes her style as “modern Latin with a global twist.” 

Torres is best known for her Mexican cuisine and has worked in some of New York City’s best restaurants including ‘21’ Club and La Grenouille.

“Top Chef Masters” pits 12 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in fierce culinary competition. Based at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, each week will whittle down the chefs until the finale where one winner is crowned “Top Chef Master”.

For the complete list of contestants click here.

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Venezuelans and Domincan Men Drink the Most According to Latin America Study

Venezuelans and Domincan Men Drink the Most According to Latin America Study

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According to a study by Costa Rica’s Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Venezuelans overall consume the most alcohol, with Dominican men coming in second.

The study. Alcohol Drinking Patterns in Latin America, was based on nationwide surveys.

The data show that prevalence of consumption, which is measured as having had at least one drink in the past 12 months, ranges from 31 percent in El Salvador to 83 percent in Venezuela. The average for the nine countries surveyed was 59 percent, with some of the difference being a result of some countries having few people who drink, while in others, drinking is far more common.

As for the amount consumed, the countries’ average consumption of pure alcohol per person was 5.5 liters a year, which is overall lower than that of Europe (13 liters), Canada (9.8 liters), and the U.S. (9.4 liters). However, when broken up, Venezuela’s average annual level of consumption is 8.9 liters per person per year. Second is the Dominican Republic with 8 liters per person.

Broken down even further, Venezuela has the highest percentage of men (ages 18-65) who are binge drinkers – those who drink 60 grams or more of pure alcohol at least once a week – at 32.3 percent. The percentage of women binge drinkers in Venezuela, while substantially lower than that of the men at 9.5 percent, is still higher than those in any of the other nine countries.

Overall, the study found that on average, men in El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil drink four times for than the women of those countries.


View the study’s full findings here (PDF).

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Missing Canadian Children Found Locked in Mexican Home After Father Allegedly Took Them 4 Years Ago

Missing Canadian Children Found Locked in Mexican Home After Father Allegedly Took Them 4 Years Ago

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The family of two missing children from Winnipeg, Canada worried for the children’s safety after they were allegedly abducted by their father nearly 4 years ago, but this story may have a happy ending after all.

Thanks to a tip from a man who recognized Dominic and Abby Maryk from a Mexican TV report about them, the children, who were 7 and 6 with when they were taken from their mother in 2008, were found in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The children, now 11 and 9, were reportedly kept under lock and key by their father, Kevin Maryk, in a home surrounded by security cameras and barbed wire. Maryk was reportedly living in Mexico with his associate Robert Groen and Maryk’s nephew Cody McKay.

According to Juan Manuel Estrada Juarez, president of the international missing persons agency the FIND Foundation, Mexican police arrested two of the men in connection with the case, Maryk and Groen. They are still looking for McKay.

Maryk will be charged with abduction in contravention of a court order, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. Groen will be charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Inside the guarded and monitored home the children were locked in, four attack dogs were found watching over a number of weapons as well as drugs and child pornography.

Wilhelm von Mayer, a computer digital forensics expert who was friends with Estrada Juarez, gave the credit to the unidentified Mexican man who gave the initial tip that would ultimately lead to the recovery of the children, calling him, “the real hero here.”

“He came forward when he recognized the children on TV. He first went to the Mexican authorities, police and army, but got nowhere. Then he called me,” von Mayer told the Winnipeg Free Press.

The children, who were found on Friday, are already back with their mother in Canada, and officials say they are doing well, as they are “quite resilient.” However, authorities say there is work to be done to improve the mental health of the children after such an experience.

Dominic and Abby went missing after their father reportedly took them on vacation. Though their mother, Emily Cablek, had primary custody while she and Maryk battled through a lengthy divorce, Maryk still had visitation rights. That was the last time she saw her children before finally being reunited with them this weekend.

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1,000 Year Old Tomb Found with 80 Individuals in Peru, Many of Them Infants

1,000 Year Old Tomb Found with 80 Individuals in Peru, Many of Them Infants

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The Pachacamac site in Peru has rendered another archealogical treasure with the discovery of a 1,000 year old tomb containing eighty individuals, many of them infants.

Pachacamac is located on the Pacific coast of the country and is consider of the world’s largest Prehispanic sites. 

The tomb was discovered by a team from Belgium, that has been digging in that region for close to 20 years.  The burial tomb is completely intact, oval in shape with a reed roof supported by carved tree trunks.  Peru this Week is reporting that “a dozen newborn babies and infants were distributed around the perimeter, their heads oriented towards the tomb.”

Some of the remains were either skeletons or mummified remains with their wrappings still on.  The bodies were accompanied by ceramics, animal skeletons, gold artifacts, ceramic vessels and painted masks.  Some anthropologists involved in the dig believe there is the possibility all the individuals were related.  Most appeared to have died from injuries or serious illness.

Professor Peter Eeckhout, leader of the expedition, believes the remains date back to 1000 AD.  This is yet another rich find in Pachacamac - in 2004 an ancient cemetery was found and before that Inca storage facilities were located, in total 17 pyramids have been found there.
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Have We Seen the Last of Manny Acosta?

Have We Seen the Last of Manny Acosta?

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To say that Manny Acosta has struggled this year with the New York Mets would be an understatement. 

Coming into yesterday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies Acosta was pitching to a 10.80 era. With both Pedro Beato and Jenrry Mejia both playing rehab games it was important for Acosta to start pitching well to keep his spot in the bullpen.  In the eighth inning Mets down 5-4, Mets manager Terry Collins gave the ball to Acosta.  He gave up a single to the first two batters that faced him.  Not a good start to the afternoon for Acosta; however Acosta got Phillies outfield Shane Victorino to go down swinging for the first out of the inning. 

Next batter Ty Wigginton smacked a 0-1 pitch into the leftfield seats for a three run homerun; which gave the Phillies an 8-4 lead.  A lead they would never give up.  According to the New York Post Acosta is being sent to the Mets Triple A team and is being taken off of the 40 man roster.  The Mets called up pitcher Chris Schwinden to replace Acosta in the bullpen.  Acosta is now 0-1 with an 11.86 era in 22 innings pitched. 

Written by HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski

 

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Mob Storms Bolivia Jail and Lynches Murder Suspect

Mob Storms Bolivia Jail and Lynches Murder Suspect

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An angry mob stormed a jail and lynched a prisoner accused of murdering a man and wounding his wife in a town in the Bolivian region of Santa Cruz, which borders on Brazil and Paraguay, prosecutor Lucio Hinojosa told Efe on Monday.

This is the second lynching registered in Bolivia in the past three days, after on Friday a policeman who was confused with a thief was murdered by residents of the city of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz and one of the poorest cities in South America’s most backward nation.

The victim on Sunday was Sixto Gonzalez, who was suspected of murdering another man last Friday in the town of San Julian, 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the city of Santa Cruz, Hinojosa said.

Police officers captured Gonzalez on Sunday and decided to take him to the nearby town of San Ramon when they learned that people were organizing in San Julian to lynch him, the prosecutor said.

“The people learned of that situation and immediately went to San Ramon ... Practically, the police were overwhelmed. The attempts to persuade (the members of the mob) to abandon their violent attitudes were in vain. The situation was uncontrollable,” Hinojosa said.

Gonzalez was taken back to San Julian by the enraged townspeople and there the mob beat him to death in front of the home of the man he had allegedly killed, without the police being able to stop them.

Hinojosa lamented the small number of police officers in both towns - eight in San Ramon and about 10 in San Julian - and added that if the officers would have intervened “they would have suffered the same fate” as Gonzalez.

On Friday, another mob killed police Sgt. David Guarachi, 33, the second officer to be lynched this year by residents of El Alto, which has about 1 million residents, most of them Aymara Indians, the ethnic group to which Bolivian President Evo Morales belongs.

Guarachi, dressed in civilian clothing, on Thursday attended a party in the El Alto neighborhood of Ventilla.

He got drunk at the party and left the nightclub for a few moments, but when he tried to return he got confused as to where the nightclub was and tried to enter a school, awakening the caretaker, who alerted neighbors of the supposed presence of a thief.

The neighbors captured Guarachi and one of them telephoned relatives of the policeman to demand that they come to the site with documents that would prove that he was not a thief, and he threatened to set fire to the officer if they reported the incident.

The relatives negotiated for two hours, subjected to threats and pressure from the local residents, and finally the latter handed over the body of the officer, “who had no vital signs” and who died Friday morning, Fuentes said.

The head of the Special Force to Fight Crime, Col. Jorge Toro, told local media that 11 policemen had been lynched from the beginning of 2011 to date.

Neighborhood and Indian groups justify torture and murder against alleged criminals by claiming that they are applying the “community justice” established by Morales in the 2009 constitution, although the government denies that the murders are part of that judicial framework.

The political opposition and human rights groups, however, say that no concrete measures have been taken to prevent lynchings.

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Violence Takes the Life of Former Pro-Soccer Player in Colombia

Violence Takes the Life of Former Pro-Soccer Player in Colombia

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A former soccer player for Barranquilla’s Atletico Junior was gunned down and the case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police of that Colombian city on the Caribbean, officials said.

Cristian Racero was murdered early Sunday.

The star winger, who played between 2000-2006 with the Junior squad, moved on to Atletico Huila in 2007 and to Venezuela’s Minerven in 2008.

Racero later played for Boyaca Chico and the Patriotas, both home teams of the central municipality of Tunja, until he retired from professional soccer in 2010.

At 5:00 a.m. Sunday a group of people accompanying the former soccer star began quarreling with a man who, infuriated, left to go home but soon returned with a gun and shot Racero in the abdomen, Barranquilla’s El Heraldo newspaper reported on its Web site, citing eyewitnesses.

Racero was taken to the Prado Clinic where he died an hour later.

The ex-athlete was born on April 24, 1981, in San Bernardo del Viento, a city in the northwestern province of Cordoba.

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