Tuesday, June 5, 2012

U.S. State Dept. Warning to Americans in Mexico - issued June 4, 2012

*Updated content below*
The following text is the verbatim warning issued yesterday:

Mensaje de Emergencia para los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos: Ataque con Artefactos explosivos en Matamoros Tamaulipas (04 - Junio - 2012)
Since May 31, multiple explosive devices have been reported in Matamoros, several of which have detonated. The majority of these devices were located in Matamoros at Fraccionamiento Victoria Seccion Fiesta, but are not limited to that area. U.S. Consulate General employees are being advised to exercise appropriate caution in their movements.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's internet web site at http://travel.state.gov/ where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from Mexico, a regular toll line at 001-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please review the Department of State’s Travel Warning concerning travel within Mexico and the state of Tamaulipas, available at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html. The Department continues to advise U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas. We also encourage U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration web site at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security. Americans without internet access may register in person or by phone with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

MGRR follow-up content
Jun. 7: Fourteen dismembered bodies were found today in a truck parked in front of city hall in the town of El Mante, Tamaulipas. 14 corpses left at a Tamaulipas city hall: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.mx/2012/06/14-corpses-left-at-tamaulipas-city-hall.html .

Bloody narco violence strikes border town of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.mx/2012/05/bloody-narco-violence-strikes-border.html.
Los Zetas dump 49 bodies in Nuevo Léon, adjacent to Tamaulipas: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.mx/2012/05/49-bodies-left-on-highway-in-nuevo-leon.html.

Other U.S. State Dept. alerts
U.S. State Dept. issues Mexico-wide alert, warning of "anti-American violence": http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.mx/2012/06/us-state-dept-issues-mexico-wide-alert.html#more.
U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Tamaulipas issues Emergency Warning for Americans (Mar. 31, 2012): http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.mx/2012/03/us-consulate-in-matamoros-tamaulipas.html.
U.S. State Dept. issues new travel alert for Mexico (Feb. 8, 2012): http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/02/us-issues-new-travel-alert-for-mexico.html.

Violence in Tamaulipas state:
A Free Press under fire in Mexico: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/03/free-press-under-fire-in-mexico-and.html.
Three Americans named as victims in Veracruz bus attack: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/three-americans-named-as-victims-in.html.
Death toll along Veracruz-Tamaulipas border rises: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/death-toll-along-veracruz-tamaulipas.html.
Update on Texans executed in Veracruz state: "I told her not to go to Mexico": http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/update-on-texas-family-executed-in.html.
U.S. sailor goes out for a Christmas cup of tea, loses his life on Tampico street: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/us-sailor-who-went-out-for-christmas.html.
Internet blogger decapitated by Los Zetas: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/11/internet-user-executed-by-los-zetas.html.
Update on the "social media executions" in Tamaulipas: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/09/update-on-social-media-executions-in.html.
Cuidado con tus “tweets” – ¡los sicarios te matarán!: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/09/cuidado-con-tus-tweets-los-sicarios-te.html.

Tamaulipas state. The adjacent U.S. border town across the Rio Grande from Matamoros is Brownsville, Tex. But escalating narco violence is radiating into neighboring states.

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