Apodaca prison riot

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Apodaca prison riot
Part of Mexican Drug War
Apodaca-fugitives.jpg
Mug shots of the Zeta fugitives.
Location Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
Coordinates 25°47′N 100°11′W / 25.783°N 100.183°W / 25.783; -100.183Coordinates: 25°47′N 100°11′W / 25.783°N 100.183°W / 25.783; -100.183
Date 19 February 2012 (2012-02-19)
2:00 am – 6:00 am
Target Gulf Cartel
Attack type
Mass murder, prison riot, prison escape
Weapons Clubs, knives, and rocks[1]
Deaths 44 (All Gulf Cartel members)[2]
Non-fatal injuries
12 (During main riot)[3]
22 (After later riots)[4]
Perpetrator Los Zetas
Number of participants
10–12 (Zeta killers)[5][6]
21 (Prison officers)[7]

The Apodaca prison riot occurred on 19 February 2012 at a prison in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico.[3] Mexico City officials stated that at least 44 people were killed, with another twelve injured.[3] The Blog del Narco, a blog that documents events and people of the Mexican Drug War anonymously, reported that the actual (unofficial) death toll may be more than 70 people.[8] The fight was between Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, two drug cartels that operate in northeastern Mexico.[9] The governor of Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina, mentioned on 20 February 2012 that 30 inmates escaped from the prison during the riot.[10] Four days later, however, the new figures of the fugitives went down to 29.[11] On 16 March 2012, the Attorney General's Office of Nuevo León confirmed that 37 prisoners had actually escaped on the day of the massacre.[12] One of the fugitives, Óscar Manuel Bernal alias La Araña (The Spider), is considered by the Mexican authorities to be "extremely dangerous," and is believed to be the leader of Los Zetas in the municipality of Monterrey.[13] Some other fugitives were also leaders in the organization.[14]

The fight broke out around 2:00 am local time between inmates in one high security cell block and inmates of another security cell block.[15][16] The guards of the prison allowed the Zeta members to surge from Cellblock C into Cellblock D and attack the Gulf Cartel members, who were sleeping.[17] A guard was taken hostage during the melee, and mattresses were set on fire.[18] Security personnel regained control of the prison by 6:00 am.[3] Each cell block contained roughly 750 inmates, with members of rival drug cartels normally separated.[15] Not all the prisoners were able to be counted, but by the time the dead prisoners were counted, the public security spokesperson speculated that the riot may have been started as a cover for a jail break.[15] It was later confirmed that the riot and brawl "served as cover for a massive jailbreak" for the members of the Zetas drug cartel, who attacked the Gulf Cartel inmates.[19]

According to The Wall Street Journal and El Universal, the mass murder in Apodaca is the deadliest prison massacre in Mexico's history.[20][21] Milenio news, in addition, mentioned that the prisons in the state of Nuevo León are plagued with violence, and that they are "under the control of the criminal groups" that operate in the area.[22] The Apodaca prison was built to house 1,500 inmates, but had around 3,000 incarcerated at the time of the riot.[16] After the split of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas in early 2010, both groups have been battling for Monterrey and other areas in northeastern Mexico.[23] And although no firearms were used in the fight between the two groups, the fact that their turf war goes as far as to Mexico's prison system only "emphasizes the bitterness of their rivalry."[24] More importantly, however, the massacre, and the involvement of the prison guards in the escape, highlights the problems facing Mexico's—and the rest of Latin America's—prison system.[24]

Cause[edit]

The prison riot is believed to have started when members of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas clashed in the prison, using sharp-edged knives, stones, burning devices, and possibly firearms to kill rival cartel members.[25] A prison spokesperson denied that firearms were involved.[15] Some of the dead were strangled, thrown out of windows, stabbed, beheaded, hanged, bludgeoned, and crushed.[16][26] An investigation was immediately launched into whether some of the 17 prison guards on duty colluded in the fight by unlocking the doors between the two wings of the prison.[16] The prison director, the director of security, and the supervisor on duty were all detained for questioning.[15] When the riot ended, 44 inmates who were reportedly members of the Gulf Cartel were killed.[27] Moreover, 30 inmates of the Los Zetas drug cartel were allowed to escape by the prison guards, and government sources reveal that the fugitives were high-ranking members in the organization, former police officers, or drug dealers.[28]

Since President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led offensive against the cartels in Mexico in 2006, Mexican prisons have turned into battlefields for rival cartels, often leading to violent fights and frequent deaths.[20] Many prisons are essentially run by one cartel or another.[20] Eric Olson of the Mexico Institute at Wilson Center remarked, "The strategy has been to arrest a lot of people, but when you warehouse prisoners in prisons that are overcrowded and poorly managed, you are likely to have this kind of warfare breakout inside prisons."[20] The Apodaca prison riot was the third riot to result in 20 or more deaths since October 2011.[20] And according to the writers of InSight Crime, Mexico's prison system is slipping into anarchy, with inmates slaughtering each other at alarming rates;[29] below is a quote from a newspaper, which sums up Mexico's penitentiary system and its problems:

"Gang violence and break-outs are common in Mexico's notoriously overcrowded and corrupt prison system."

BBC News[30]

Investigation[edit]

Mug shot of Óscar Manuel Bernal Soriano, La Araña (The Spider).

Fifteen days before the massacre, the family members of the fugitives claimed that the inmates had planned out the prison break.[31] And as the investigations began, officials in northern Mexico reported that Los Zetas, with the help of several jail guards, helped the 30 fugitives escape from the prison.[32] Four days after the incident, however, the figures went down to 29, because they had "recounted" one of the fugitives.[11] Other sources mention that one of the 30 fugitives was actually killed in the massacre.[33] The governor speculated that the jailbreak "was planned."[34] And Jorge Domene, the security spokesman for the state of Nuevo León, does not discard the possibility that Óscar Manuel Bernal Soriano alias La Araña may have been the major leader in the riot and escape in the prison.[35] The Attorney General of Mexico and the National Human Rights Commission are leading the investigations.[36][37] Investigations indicate that the directors of the prison accepted between $40,000 and $15,000 pesos, and the guards around $6,000 pesos, in bribes each month.[38] By 16 March 2012, it was confirmed that Óscar Manuel Bernal, alias La Araña, was allowed to hold "parties with musical groups and women."[38]

El Universal mentioned on 24 February 2012 that the family members of the prisoners claimed that the inmates had certain "privileges" inside the jail, like holding big parties, sexual orgies with prostitutes, and "special permissions" from the authorities of prison in Apodaca.[39] The mother of one of the prisoners said that his son had claimed that the prison was "under the control of the narcos (drug traffickers)," and that they were often given permission "to leave the prison and come back after they had finished doing their business."[39] Another witness claimed that the guards were also directly involved in the weekly escape of the prisoners and the "drug trafficking business" inside the prison walls.[39] The prison, they said, was under the "law of Los Zetas," and it only cost the prisoners up to $40,000 Mexican pesos (about $3120 U.S. dollars) to operate freely inside the prison.[39] In addition, it cost the Zetas more than $2.5 million pesos a year to bribe the officials in the prison.[40]

CNNMéxico published an article exposing the number of prison fights in Mexico since the start of the Mexican Drug War in late 2006, as well as the figures behind each prison (population and capacity), and the number of federal prisons in the country.[41]

Fraudulent numbers[edit]

On 16 March 2012, the Attorney General's Office Nuevo León corrected the figures of the inmates who managed to escape the prison during the massacre, confirming that the actual prisoners who escaped were 37—not 29—as previously stated.[42] One of the fugitives was captured on 6 March 2012, however, so 36 prisoners were at large when this announcement was given.[43] The state government attributed the "irregularities" of the previous reports to the manager of the prison, Jerónimo Miguel Andrés Martínez, who presented "fraudulent documents and misleading reports" the day of the massacre.[42] In addition, two prisoners who were pronounced as fugitives on 19 February 2012 never escaped from the prison.[44] The Attorney General's Office Nuevo León asserted that the new figures are definitive.[45]

The Mexican authorities offer up to $12.4 million pesos for information leading to the fugitives arrests.[46]

Aftermath[edit]

The governor of Nuevo León mentioned that 30 inmates, reportedly from the criminal group Los Zetas, escaped from the prison with the "complicity of the prison authorities," and that 18 prison guards were being investigated on 20 February 2012.[47] Nine of them confessed to have helped the prisoners escape,[48] but 19 have been found guilty as of 21 February 2012.[49] An investigation continues as to why the prison cells were opened, allowing the riot between the rival drug gangs.[50] Mexican prisons have been notorious for being overpopulated, lacking adequate supervisors, and failing to meet prisoners' needs or prevent them from reoffending after release.[51] Of the 44 killed, 35 have been identified.[52] Rodrigo Medina is offering more than 10 million Mexican pesos (almost $800,000 U.S. dollars) for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives that escaped in the mass jailbreak.[53]

During the prison riot, over 300 family members arrived at the scene.[54] The families then demanded the authorities to hand in the bodies of their loved ones.[55] Other family members, nonetheless, confronted the police forces after failing to obtain information of what had occurred.[56] The National Human Rights Commission reported that 25 minors were in the prison during the deadly riot.[57] The mayor of García, Nuevo León, Jaime Rodríguez, worries that the escape of Oscar Manuel Bernal Soriano alias La Araña (The Spider), a high-ranking Los Zetas leader, might bring reprisals from him and the cartel.[58]

On 21 February 2012 the United Nations asked for the Mexican authorities to work "exhaustively and independently" to find those responsible for the massacre.[59] In addition, they condemned the massacre and asked for the National Human Rights Commission to "monitor conditions of detention throughout Mexico."[60] Moreover, Egidio Torre Cantú, the governor of the neighboring state of Tamaulipas, has agreed to search for the fugitives of the prison break in his state, too.[61] As a result of the "crisis" in the prison systems of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, promised to begin a project to create 8 to 10 prisons by the end of his term, and reiterated that this project forms part of his "security strategy" to prevent Mexico from falling in the hands of the organized crime groups.[62][63] That effort, he mentioned, has "never been done in the past 20 years in Mexico."[64] Alejandro Poiré Romero, moreover, mentioned that there will be no more federal inmates in state prisons by the end of 2012, and recognized that that was one of the many "weaknesses" of the Mexican prison systems.[65] On 24 February 2012 Jaime Castañeda Bravo, the Secretary of Public Security in Nuevo León was removed from office by the state government.[66] Concrete walls were later installed around the prison in Apodaca to "elevate the security measures" of the area.[67] In addition, the police forces of the city of Apodaca recruited former Mexican military officers to form part of their body.[68] The state government of Nuevo León asked the Federal government of Mexico to take control of the prison in Apodaca on 24 February 2012, the same day 10 prisoners were found guilty of the massacre.[69]

Although the events are not related, in the prison of Topo Chico, just north of Monterrey, 3 inmates were killed two days after the massacre in Apodaca.[70]

Protests and later riots[edit]

On 21 February 2012 the families of the inmates and the deceased prisoners protested and confronted the police forces outside the prison in Apodaca. In the heat of the moment, the families burned objects and threw rocks at the authorities.[71] Inside the prison, riots continued after several inmates were being transported from the prison in Nuevo León to other prisons out-of-state.[72] The Mexican military and the Fuerza Civil police forces guarded the area.[73]

Anonymous' operation[edit]

During the disturbances outside the prison, the hacker group Anonymous blocked the official page of the municipality of Apodaca as a "protest for the massacre."[74]

Prisoners transfer[edit]

After the massacre and disturbances in the prison in Apodaca, three high-ranking leaders of Los Zetas were transferred on 22 February 2012 to Puente Grande, a maximum security prison in Jalisco.[75] There were 22 inmates injured after the prisoners' transfer triggered another riot.[76] One of the prisoners that was transferred, known as El Comandante Chabelo, was reportedly the leader of Los Zetas in certain parts of Nuevo León and Coahuila, and is believed to be responsible for drug trafficking, aggression to military officers and federal agents, as well as conducting other organized crime activities.[77] The two other transfers, known by their aliases of El Junior and El Extraño, were contract killers of Los Zetas.[78] La Vanguardia, however, noted that the prison in Jalisco has "worse conditions than in Apodaca," and as of February 2012, the overpopulation of that prison ranges from 130 to 150%.[79]

The transfer of the prisoners caused a series of protests inside and outside the prison in Apodaca, and smog could be seen from the outside of the prison walls.[80]

'Narco-blockades' in Monterrey[edit]

The capital city of Monterrey was not immune to the effects of the prison break and massacre, and on 24 February 2012 it experienced a series of the narco-blockades, a military technique used by the drug cartels to cut off the roads and slow down authorities who were pursuing them.[81] Law enforcement officials say that cartels block roads "as a show of force."[82] According to reports by CNNMéxico, alleged members of a drug cartel used buses and striped people from their cars to block important avenues in Monterrey.[83] Then, they began to put up several narco-banners against the state government of Nuevo León and the current governor, Rodrigo Medina.[83] Two blockades were reported that day.[84]

'Narco-banners' in Monterrey[edit]

The Blog del Narco published an article on 25 February 2012 reporting that the criminal group Los Zetas had put up several narco-banners, messages hung from bridges or in other public places,[85] around the city of Monterrey at around 8:00 pm[86] According to a state police investigator who spoke on condition of anonymity, gunmen carjacked several cars and buses and blocked busy avenues in Monterrey to put up the messages allegedly signed by Heriberto Lazcano alias Z-3 and Miguel Treviño Morales alias Z-40, the two supreme leaders of the entire Los Zetas.[87] The banners read the following:

"Nuevo León is Zeta territory, and we demonstrate our power with facts, even if Rodrigo Medina doesn't like it, he will have to obey because we supported him to become a governor...That's why I do whatever I want in Nuevo León because it belongs to me. I release whomever I want from prison and kill the same way I killed the enemy, Gulf Cartel. Accept it. The only thing that the government of Calderón and the next president can do is come to an agreement with us, because if they don't, we will overthrow the government and we will take the power by force the same way we have been doing it till now…Here, Los Zetas, are the ones with power."

Los Zetas, the perpetrator of the riot[88]

The banners also mentioned that Rodrigo Medina, the governor, accepted briberies from the criminal organizations.[89] The governor, however, reacted by saying that the messages posted by the cartel should be "discredited by the entire population," since they only "damage the public institutions" of the country.[90] In addition, Medina reiterated his efforts to adopt efficient security measures for the state.[90] Álvaro Ibarra, the Secretary General of Nuevo León, said that the banners "divide the citizens of Nuevo León," and invited the media and the citizens to recognize that the banners only serve that purpose.[91] Moreover, he mentioned that the message is a clear sign of "desperation" by the cartel due to the major blows it has received by the Mexican government.[91] Aldo Fasci Zuazua, a member of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, said that the banners may not have been written by Los Zetas.[91]

Arrests[edit]

The 21 former functionaries from the prison in Apodaca were apprehended on 15 March 2012.[92] Among them were three high-level functionaries.[92]

As of 3 August 2012, 24 out of the 37 fugitives have been arrested or killed.[93]

Past incidents[edit]

Prison fire[edit]

In the same prison in Apodaca on May 2011, a fire erupted in the prison's psychiatric ward, killing 14 inmates and injuring 35.[94] The causes of the fire have not been proven.[95]

Prison breaks[edit]

On November 2011, in the same prison in Apodaca, 3 inmates were able to escape, but nothing was brought to light until the Mexican military counted the list of prisoners and noticed that three of them were missing.[96]

In Apatzingán, Michoacán on 5 January 2004, dozens of gunmen stormed a prison and released 25 inmates in only fifteen minutes before fleeing the scene.[97] On 25 March 2010 in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 40 inmates escaped from a federal prison.[98] Authorities are still trying to understand how the prisoners escaped.[99] The authorities mentioned that the incident is "under investigation," but did not give further information.[100] In the border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, 85 inmates escaped from a prison on 10 September 2010.[101] Reports first indicated that there were 71 fugitives, but the correct figures were later released.[102] On 5 Abril 2010, in the same prison, a convoy of 10 trucks filled with gunmen broke into the cells and liberated 13 inmates, and the authorities later mentioned that 11 of them were "extremely dangerous."[103] Also in Reynosa, 17 inmates escaped from a federal prison on 9 October 2008;[104] another 17 escaped after "digging a tunnel" in the prison in Reynosa on 25 May 2011.[105] In Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on 17 December 2010, about 141 inmates escaped from a federal prison. At first, estimates mentioned that 148 inmates had escaped, but later counts gave the exact figures.[106] The federal government "strongly condemned" the prison breaks and said that the work by the state and municipal authorities of Tamaulipas "lack effective control measures" and urged them to strengthen their institutions.[107] A confrontation inside a maximum security prison in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on 15 July 2011 left 7 inmates dead and 59 escaped.[108] The 5 guards that were supposed to supervise have not been found, and the Federal government of Mexico urged the state and municipal authorities to strengthen the security of their prisons.[109] Consequently, the federal government did not hesitate to assign the Mexican Army and the Federal Police to vigilate the prisons until further notice; they were also left in charge of searching for the fugitives.[110] CNN mentioned that the state government of Tamaulipas later recognized "their inability to work with the federal government."[111] In the State of Mexico 8 prisoners escaped from a prison after making a hole through the wall on 19 April 2010.[112]

In a prison in the state of Zacatecas, on 16 May 2009, an armed commando liberated 53 Gulf Cartel members using 10 trucks and even a helicopter.[113] 3 inmate escaped from a prison in Tehuantepec, Oaxaca on 13 July 2010.[114] In Morelos, 6 prisoners escaped after killing the prison director on 14 July 2010.[115] 5 federal inmates escaped from a prison in Cancún on 31 December 2010, although authorities reported the incident until 5 January 2011.[116] In Chihuahua, Chihuahua on 11 January 2012, gunmen confronted the prison guards, where 10 inmates were able to escape.[117] In Ahualulco de Mercado, Jalisco, 8 inmates escaped from a prison on 27 April 2011.[118] In Culiacán, Sinaloa on 10 March 2011, 3 high-profile inmates escaped from a prison.[119] On 2 January 2012, the same prison experienced the jailbreak of 4 inmates.[120] In Veracruz, a total of 32 inmates escaped from three prisons on 19 September 2011.[121] On 27 November 2011, in San Pedro Cholula, Puebla, 11 inmates escaped from a federal prison.[122] On 9 December 2006 in the resort city of Cancún, 80 inmates escaped from a prison after a prison riot; 63 of them were captured.[123] On 28 April 2012 in Calera, Zacatecas, 10 inmates escaped from a prison.[124]

According to CNN, more than 400 prison inmates escaped from several prisons in Tamaulipas from January 2010 to March 2011 due to corruption.[125]

Prison killings[edit]

On 15 October 2011, in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 20 inmates were killed and 12 were severely wounded in a prison brawl.[126] Some sources reveal that the killings were indeed "planned executions."[127] Earlier in 6 August 2010, 14 inmates were also killed in a riot at the federal prison in Matamoros.[128] Moreover, in 1991, the time when Juan García Ábrego was the supreme leader of the Gulf Cartel, the federal prison in Matamoros experienced the massacre of 18 people.[129][130][131] In the nearby border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, 21 inmates were killed after a shooting inside the prison on 20 October 2008.[132]

On 26 July 2011 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, a prison brawl left 17 inmates dead and 4 injured after "one group of inmates attacked rivals from another drug gang."[133] Some of the corpses were shot with assault rifles, and authorities investigates whether the weapons used in the attack were "stolen from prison guards, homemade or smuggled" inside the prison.[134] Surveillance videos show how two gangs of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juárez Cartel stormed the prison with assault rifles.[135] In a prison in Cadereyta Jiménez, Nuevo León, 7 inmates were killed and 12 were injured on 14 October 2011.[136]

On 4 January 2012, in the city of Altamira, Tamaulipas, 31 were killed and 13 were injured in a prison brawl; the brawl was, according to local authorities, between the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, their former allies.[137][138] In the state of Durango, 19 inmates were killed in the prison of Gómez Palacio on 25 August 2009;[139] in the same prison on 21 January 2010, about 23 inmates were killed in a brawl.[140] On 19 May 2011, a shooting inside a prison in Durango left 8 prisoners dead,[141] and on 15 November 2010 a group of gunmen threw a grenade inside the prison.[142] In Tijuana, Baja California on 18 September 2008, a total of 19 inmates were killed in a brawl between rival drug cartel members.[143] In Mazatlán, Sinaloa on 14 June 2010, a group of gunmen entered a prison, killed the guard, and then entered a cell and massacred 29 people.[144]

73 inmates were killed in the prison in Apodaca between the start of the Mexican Drug War in December 2006 to February 2012.[145]

Reactions[edit]

  •  Mexico – President Felipe Calderón promised to create 10 top-notch prisons by the end of his term, in order "to counteract the crisis" in the prisons of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León.[146]
    • PRI Party (Mexico).svg PRI – The governor of Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina, member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, claimed that despite the prison break and the masacre, "the State has not lost control of the prisons." Nonetheless, he pointed out that this incident may spark violence all around Nuevo León.[147]
    • PAN Party (Mexico).svg PAN – The National Action Party asked Congress to "unfreeze" the dead bills and allow the prison reforms by Calderón to be implemented.[148]
    • PRD Party (Mexico).svg PRD – The Party of the Democratic Revolution said that the next president of Mexico should "establish a new model for social readaptation" to improve the conditions of the country and its prisons.[148]
    • PT Party (Mexico).svg PT – The Labor Party asked in Congress for a "detailed investigation" on the conditions of the prison and for the National Human Rights Commission to intervene.[149]
    • PVE Party (Mexico).svg PVEM – The Ecologist Green Party of Mexico said that the penitentiary system in Mexico has "collapsed," and asked for a complete and "integral reconstruction" of the prisons in the country.[150]
    • Nuevo León – In the state of Nuevo León, the president of the Citizen Committee for Public Security (CCSP), José Antonio Ortega, called for Rodrigo Medina to step down as governor of the state.[151] In addition, he urged the Mexican government to hold itself responsible for the violence and not blame the United States.[152]
    • Coahuila – The state of Coahuila emitted a security alert for the possible presence of the fugitives due to the proximity it has to Nuevo León.[153]
    • Tamaulipas – The state of Tamaulipas emitted a security alert and offered to work with the state of Nuevo León to find the fugitives.[154]
    • San Luis Potosí – The authorities of the state of San Luis Potosí are collaborating with Nuevo León to find the fugitives.[155]
  •  United Nations – United Nations urged the Mexican government to work exhaustively in the investigation and find those responsible; in addition, they asked the government to meet the "basic standards" in their prison systems.[156]
  • Amnesty International – The AI organization echoed that Mexico has "failed to implement the urgently needed reforms." They also mentioned that the prison had "persistent and worsening human rights violations" before the massacre.[157]

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