Posted tagged ‘Felipe Calderon’

Hijacking in Mexico Ends

September 9, 2009

An Aeroméxico airliner flying from Cancun to Mexico City with 112 passengers was hijacked this afternoon but passengers and crew were released unharmed after the plane landed safely.

From the Wall Street Journal:

While the plane was en route, the hijacker told the crew he had a bomb and would blow the plane up unless he was allowed to speak to Mexican President Felipe Calderón after the plane landed, Public Security Minister Genaro García Luna said.

The man “said he had a vision and wanted to warn the president” that a major earthquake was about to strike Mexico, said Mr. García Luna.

Mexican federal police initially arrested eight men shortly after the incident, but released all except the preacher, whose name was given as José Flores Pereira. Mr. Flores was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, but has lived in Mexico for the past 17 years, according to police.

Mr. García Luna said police believed there was more than one hijacker because the preacher told the crew he was accompanied by three others. It turned out the preacher was referring to the Holy Trinity, Mr. García Luna said.

Cities on Alert Over Swine Flu Scare

April 24, 2009

Mexican officials closed all schools today in the capital city in an effort to combat the swine flu virus that has killed dozens in Mexico and has already infected eight people in the United States.

From CNN:

Authorities also closed schools in Mexico in an effort to quell the virus, which has killed at least 68 people in the country, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Other public institutions, including museums and government offices, were also closed in Mexico City.

Mexican soldiers distributed surgical masks to pedestrians and motorists in downtown Mexico City on Friday, according to state-run media.

President Felipe Calderon canceled a scheduled trip to the northern state of Chihuahua and stayed in Mexico City to address concerns on the virus.

“We know the seriousness of the problem,” Calderon said. ” I know that we will be able to solve this. This is our obligation.”

More than 1,000 people have fallen ill in Mexico City in a short period of time, U.S. health experts said.

Health officials said they are concerned that the swine flu virus matches samples of a virus that has killed people in Mexico.

“This situation has been developing quickly,” said acting Centers for Disease Control Director Richard Besser. “This is something we are worried about.”