State of Coahuila
REPORTING FROM MEXICO: Coahuila has jumped into the Mexican national spotlight this week for two major developments:
1. Operation seeking Joaquin "El Chapo Guzman" in Coahuila.
2. 28-Government doctors in IMSS (National Hospital) in both Ciudad Acuna and Piedras Negras resigned due to the insecurity in their hospitals and the lack of protection towards them personally.
Needless to say, having visited Coahuila last week, I realized that a major shift had occurred in the state as it once was peaceful under Governor Humberto Moreira. It is evident that now that he has departed and his brother won the elections something sinister happened.
The state simply erupted into violence.
OPERATION SEEKING "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN IN COAHUILA AND DURANGO
This morning, the Mexican news wire report that the Mexican military has launched an operation searching for Enrique "El Chapo" Guzman who is believed to be in the states of Coahuila and Durango:
This is a major shift in policy as President Felipe Calderon stated to the New York Times that he believed that Enrique "El Chapo" Guzman was hiding in the United States, which in my opinion is high unlikely.
For those that do not know who "El Chapo" is, he is the strongest, wealthiest and most sought out drug lord on the planet. Once Osama Bin Laden was killed, he took his place on the FBI Most Wanted List. Several years ago he even came out in FORBES MAGAZINE as one of the richest men in the world.
28 IMSS DOCTORS RESIGN IN ACUNA AND PIEDRAS NEGRAS, COAHUILA
The Mexican government provides free medical care to every worker as it is a right under the constitution. The government hospital network is called IMSS and it is one of best paying organizations in the nation. However this week 28-doctors in both the border cities of Ciudad Acuna and Piedras Negras resigned their commissions due to the threats they have received as well as lack of security in the IMSS Hospitals. As the doctors resigned, they stated that the Mexican Army should be in charge of securing each medical facility.
The credible news magazine PROCESO reported this news:
Through my trip through Coahuila, I heard about other news items to report, but it is my personal policy to only report what can be confirmed.
Needless to say, I can confidently state that Coahuila is no longer the tranquil state it was and it is evident that both border cities are about to face new challenges.