In that effort, they have increasingly moved into Central American countries such as Guatemala, where they have been accused of the massacre of twenty-seven peasants this month in a region on the border with Mexico. In that town, 183 corpses were discovered in April in common graves, the remains of individuals who – according to the government – are believed to have been executed by Los Zetas, some of them after having been kidnapped while travelling on buses that were passing through the area en route to the United States. “It’s an extremely powerful vehicle,” noted Nájera, who indicated that three people died in the operation, carried out over the weekend in a remote rural settlement in Jalisco. The vehicle, nicknamed ‘The Monster’ by the police, is mounted on a truck, the exterior of which has been covered with thick soldered plates and with an upper turret capable of rotating 360 degrees in order to shoot, Luis Carlos Nájera, Jalisco’s secretary of security, explained to reporters. Now in conflict with their former bosses, Los Zetas control several routes linking Texas (in the southern United States) to the Gulf coast (in eastern Mexico), but they are seeking access to the Pacific Ocean, the transit route for the majority of drugs coming from South America. By Dialogo May 25, 2011 According to Nájera, the seizure of the vehicle was part of a series of operations in Jalisco against groups belonging to Los Zetas, considered one of the bloodiest drug-trafficking groups, created by former military personnel who deserted from the Army’s special forces to work with the Gulf cartel. A homemade tank, with capacity for twenty men, the ability to shoot in all directions, and resistance to explosives, was found during an operation targeting the Los Zetas cartel in the state of Jalisco, in western Mexico, the state government announced. This is the second vehicle of this kind seized from Los Zetas in the last month. A few weeks ago, the discovery of another homemade mini-tank was reported in San Fernando, a town in Tamaulipas (in the country’s northeast), in the opposite corner of Mexico.
UEFA have sanctioned both Romania and Hungary for crowd troubles in their 1-1 draw on October 11, but while sections of the Arena Nationala in Bucharest will be closed, that will not have any effect on the travelling fans. A small percentage of the estimated 900 Northern Ireland fans planning to make the trip had already paid for their travel and were fearing a full stadium ban on November 14. Press Association Although the decision has come a week later than initially expected following two delays at UEFA, the verdict is at least positive for the Green and White Army as they look to cheer on Group F’s surprise table-toppers. The IFA released confirmation of their own position in advance of the governing body’s own statement, stating: “The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has today met with regards the Romania v Hungary disciplinary case. The Body has reached a decision on the case and UEFA has informed the Irish FA that there will be no impact on Northern Ireland fans attending the European Qualifier against Romania in Bucharest on 14 November. “Tickets for the game will go on sale online at 9am on Monday 3 November, subject to the confirmation of the ticket allocation from the Romania Football Federation.” UEFA later confirmed the action taken against Romania and Hungary. For crowd disturbances, throwing fireworks and missiles, using laser pointers and illicit banners, the Romanian Football Federation has been hit with a partial closure – including the specified sector 122 – and fined 32,000 euro (£25,000). The Hungarian federation, whose fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, throwing fireworks and missiles and destroying seats to throw on the pitch, must also partially close their stadium for their next qualifier against Finland. That closure must total a minimum of 2,500 seats and there is also a fine of 30,000 euro (£24,000). In addition, they have 30 days to arrange a settlement for damages incurred by their supporters in Bucharest. In relation to the racial element of the punishment, a UEFA statement read: “The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the field and in the stands. “All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions. Following the entry into force of new disciplinary regulations in June 2013, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in stricter penalties to deter any such behaviour.” Northern Ireland fans will be allowed to attend their side’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania in a fortnight despite a partial closure of the stadium.