Veracruz governor announces creation of regional police

Governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares announced a plan for the creation of regional police force on 11 December 2016 (La Razón). The proposal includes the formation of new security institutions called Regional or Inter-Municipal Police, which will be responsible for providing an immediate response to local incidences of violence (Sin Embargo). Yunes Linares sent a warning to criminals that the new regional police forces would be supporting security operations in the area and targeting illegal activities (La Razón). The Veracruz Governor made the announcement as he convened the start of a security operation in northern Veracruz targeting the municipalities of Tihuatlán, Coatzintla, and Álamo (La Razón).

Mexican state Veracruz to create special economic zone

Veracruz Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares signed a letter of intent on 13 December 2016 for the creation of a Special Economic Zone (EEZ) along the state’s southern Gulf coast in the municipality of Coatzacoalcos (T21, El Financiero). The Coatzacoalcos EEZ will generate at least 27,000 industrial sector jobs during the first ten years of operations and is estimated to generate over US$12.9 billion in investments during the same period. Yunes Linares said the EEZ would provide investors with certain tax and administrative incentives within a single area to streamline their procedures. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto enacted an initiative in May 2016 to allow Mexico’s poorest states to set up EEZ to boost their economies (El Financiero, T21). 

Ambush on police leaves fourteen dead in Veracruz, Mexico

Authorities reported fourteen dead after a gun battle with police officers and military in Veracruz, Mexico on 5 December 2016 (Milenio). A group of armed suspected criminals ambushed Veracruz state police officers near the Suchilapan Bridge in the municipality of Jesús Carranza. Officers called for military back up and the ensuing shootout left fourteen of the suspected criminals dead, while an unknown number fled into the mountains. Police recovered a number of weapons at the scene, including at least twelve AK-47s and a .50 caliber Barrett rifle, capable of piercing armored vehicles (El Universal and Milenio).

Mexican states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Aguascalientes swear in new governors

The Mexican states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Aguascalientes swore in new governors on 1 December 2016 (24 Horas). PAN members Martín Orozco Sandoval and Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares assumed roles as Governor in Aguascalientes and Veracruz, respectively. PRI politician Alejandro Murat Hinojosa took the oath as Governor of Oaxaca and promised to move the state forward during an early morning ceremony that took place secretly to avoid planned teacher union protests. Yunes Linares will serve a two-year term to 2018 in Veracruz while Orozco Sandoval and Murat Hinojosa will hold office until 2022 (24 Horas, Excelsior, La Jornada).

Protests intensify in Mexican state of Veracruz

Mayors in the Mexican state of Veracruz intensified their protest in Xalapa and a number of new demonstrations broke out on 7 November 2016 as nurses, doctors and teachers took to the streets to demand payments from the state government (Economía Hoy). Mayors who had protested a lack of funding at the government palace since 28 October took over Casa Veracruz, the traditional residence of the state governor, on 6 November, after failing to reach an agreement with the government of Veracruz (Excelsior). In the port city of Veracruz, health care workers took to the streets to denounce a shortage of resources and medicines at hospitals and to demand unpaid wages. In the northern area of the state, teachers took control of the premises of Veracruz's Education Department to protest outstanding benefit payments and to voice their fear of missing out on December 2016 wages and bonuses, while unionized teachers in Xalapa also protested (Excelsior).