- The sugar industry union meeting in the congress was
disturbed by the discovery and apprehension of two individuals carrying
what appeared to be either a 9 mm, 38, or 45 cal. I saw a security guard
emptying one of the guns, ensuring that the gun chamber was empty. That
gun was taken away from under one of the suspect's belt. The individual
carrying it looked like someone you just don't want to mess with. Previously,
they appeared to be taking pictures of the sugar workers. After waiting
48 hours, the sugar union workers were finally going to a meeting with
- It was on the Wednesday, October the 10th, 2001. It was
shortly after 4 o'clock and the sugarcane workers were gathering around
in the central patio. They usually gather themselves around the gardens
and the great fountain. Suddenly, the calm was interrupted with someone
yelling, "He's packing a gun! Get him!"
- The man, wearing a suit, was walking among the sugarcane
workers, just like the day before. He was aiming a shiny camera. One of
the "sombrerudos" (men wearing sombreros), skinny, with dark
skin - undoubtedly caused by the sunny Veracruz outdoors climate - approached
the suit and angrily asked him, "Why are you taking pictures of us,
- The suit began getting nervous and evasive. He pointed
his camera once again, and suddenly, another sugar worker yelled at him,
"I see you're packing a gun, cabron!" His jacket accidentally
opened and exposed his concealed handgun before the eyes of two or three
more unionists. The suit ignored them and acted like nothing was happening;
however, two other workers were already alerting the security guards. Without
hesitation, the guards immediately ran towards the armed man. They immediately
discovered that a second suspect was accompanying him.
- The halls exploded with commotion and confusion. The
crowd focused their attention on one of the men, probably in his mid-twenties,
with light-complexion skin, light-colored eyes, and a bald spot, who previously,
was taking pictures here and there. They later saw the other one, also
light-skinned and athletically-built.
- "Take the gun away from him!" said one of the
"sombrerudo" workers. Then, a dozen or more security guards from
San Lazaro came in and took them inside the security office in the basement.
As they were rapidly walking towards the office, they found the man's camera.
Then another sombrerudo yelled, "Get the gun, the one with the briefcase
- They later walked towards the corner of the patio and
took them downstairs. They went around the building where the restaurant
is located and finally reached the head of security office. Two more unionists
cried "he's hiding a gun, don,t let him bullshit you!"
- As they were going in, the last security guard literally
removed the gun from the man's underwear in his lower back. He immediately
emptied the gun in the middle of the legislative chamber of San Lazaro.
- The sugarcane workers returned to the chamber where they
took their anger on Enrique Ramos, that gangster that is now a congressman
for the PRI and stole 700 million pesos from form the sugar worker's union
and refuses to answer questions about it. At sundown, the workers from
states like Veracruz, Puebla and Morelos were finally going to get a hearing
with speaker Beatriz Paredes regarding this issue.
- At around 6 o,clock, it was learned that one of the suspects
name was Salvador Gersson, a former Israeli military member and another
one that didn't speak Spanish by the name of Sar Ben-Sui (Zvi -ed.). There
were some rumors going around that the briefcase had a grenade inside.
Outside the press room there were journalists broadcasting live on radio
and reporting that the PGR (Deportment of Justice) agents were enroute
to the congress to question the individuals. The rumors were later proven
to be true.
- Salvador Ansalgo Trapaga, the agent that disarmed one
of the suspects stated that the handgun was a 9 mm Glock (plastic) pistol,
very hard to detect by the metal detectors at the entrance. Later, they
said that the grenade turned out to be a cigarette lighter shaped like
a grenade. However, the guards did mention that inside the briefcase was
bomb making material, pipes and detonating cables.
- Shortly afterwards, a man claiming to be their supervisor
at a security company stated to a reporter that they were "vacationing"
and that was the reason they were taking pictures. A journalist lost his
cool and shouted "That's bullshit! Vacationing with a handgun?"
- Unable to understand the situation, some unionists blamed
and took their anger on Enrique Ramos. "He's capable of anything,"
they said. This was that day's congressional session.