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The protesters who gathered Thursday are relatives of 11 party-goers who went missing more than a week ago from a bar in a posh Mexico City neighborhood known as "Zona Rosa," or Pink Zone. The area has a vibrant night scene with bars, nightclubs and upscale restaurants on every street.
The protesters say their relatives were kidnapped on May 26 as they were partying at Heaven, an after-hours bar in the neighborhood. All 11 disappeared sometime between 10 a.m. and noon, they say.
Guadalupe Dominguez, a relative of one of the missing, said a witness told her the 11 people were kidnapped by armed men who showed up in SUVs, but authorities say there's no evidence of such an incident.
"The (bar) owner apparently told them that there was going to be a police operation and turned the lights off. He told them to get out, and armed men in black SUVs were already waiting for them outside," Zamudio said.
Police say there was no such operation. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said authorities are treating the incident as a missing-person case because so far there's no evidence the young people were kidnapped.
MEXICO CITY — Surveillance video reviewed so far by police hasn’t shown a mass abduction of 11 young people who have been missing in Mexico City for more than a week, an official in the city prosecutor’s office said Monday.
The official said investigators still had several more hours of footage to review but they hadn’t found any scenes of gunmen kidnapping the group as described by a witness.
A man who said he escaped the mass abduction from the bar on May 26 told authorities that masked men with large guns and SUVs kidnapped the group in broad daylight.
The man talked to authorities when he accompanied one of the missing’s relatives to file a report, but authorities haven’t been able to locate him since then, the official said.
He said the bar’s owner was being sought by authorities. Police also have said they couldn’t locate any of the bar’s employees.
Originally posted by Gazrok
People taken by black SUV's in broad daylight, and the police state they weren't involved?
Originally posted by Gazrok
I'm not so sure the cartels go in for black SUVs though either.
The mothers of two of the 11 young people kidnapped from a Mexico City bar in a shocking, daylight abduction acknowledged Friday that the youths’ fathers are serving prison sentences for drug-related crimes.
The fathers of two of the youths were arrested in 2003 in connection with killings, robberies and drug dealing. It was not immediately clear which of those crimes resulted in convictions, but both men — viewed as top criminal figures in Tepito — are now serving prison sentences at maximum-security facilities.
Leticia Ponce, whose 16-year-old son Jerzy is among the missing, acknowledged that his father is convict Jorge Ortiz Reyes, alias “The Tank.” People who worked near the bar involved in Sunday’s abductions long suspected it was connected to drug traffickers or criminals because of the shady characters, street disputes and flashy cars that were frequently seen outside.
Amid the lack of an explanation, speculation emerged that it was a retaliation crime relating to the fathers of the two boys.
The spokesman for the city's penitentiary system said Sanchez's father, Alejandro Sanchez, was sentenced in October 2004 to 23 years in prison for extortion, organized crime, homicide and robbery. He is serving time in a maximum security prison in the city.
Nearly a week later, the two mothers found themselves denying that the brazen abduction had anything to do with their sons. Both acknowledged that the boys' fathers are serving prison sentences for drug-related crimes. But Ponce tearfully pleaded with reporters on Friday not to criminalize her son, Jerzy. His father has been in jail for 10 years.
Rumors also spread that the abductions might be the result of one of Mexico's major drug cartels trying to break into the lucrative black market of Tepito, traditionally controlled by local mafias and families.
Jerzy Ortiz is the son of Jorge Ortiz Reyes, alias "The Tank", considered one of the main offenders in the neighborhood of Tepito, since 2004 who faces a sentence of 23 years in prison. According to the Attorney General of the Federal District (PGJDF), Ortiz Reyes was sentenced to 15 years for the crime of aggravated extortion and eight years by organized crime.
Along with "The Tank" was sentenced Alejandro Sanchez alias "El Papis" Said Father Sanchez, another missing in the bar in the Zona Rosa. www.excelsior.com.mx...
In reviewing the profile of the alleged victims was found that four of them have criminal; Marines Rafael Rojas, 33, was recorded in 2004 at Eastern Prison for the crime of theft. Another is Joshua Stone reported Moreno, 29, who was imprisoned in the Eastern Prison for the crime of theft in 2004. While Alan Omar Athiencia Barranco, 26, was held at the Northern Prison for the crime of robbery in 2011. www.aztecanoticias.com.mx...
I don't recall the memo specifying their automobile preferences, but I'll defer to your intimate knowledge of the Mexican drug cartel's favoured vehicles.