Saturday, 08/21/2010, 12:00:00 am
Monterrey, N.L. August 21, 2010. With respect to the armed confrontation in which our security personnel were involved yesterday in front of the American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM), we regret to officially inform that two of our employees lost their lives and four more went missing. Out of respect and in order to protect their families, we will keep their identities anonymous.
Early the following morning, the four employees that went missing turned up at one of our facilities and are reported to be in good health.
We wish to stress our greatest recognition and respect for our fallen colleagues, killed in the line of duty. As we have always said, at FEMSA we are very proud of our people, because they are our greatest asset and are dedicated to fulfilling their job with responsibility and conviction. The brave men fallen today were a clear example of what we stand for at FEMSA.
At this moment as a company, we will be focused on offering support and attention to their spouses, children, and relatives, who will not be left unprotected.
We are completely outraged by these events. We condemn that good, innocent people, fathers dedicated to their honest work had their lives truncated by the senseless violence that today reigns in our city.
We hope that the death of our colleagues and of so many other innocent people, serves at least to make the government and its institutions take consciousness that what we need in Mexico and Nuevo León is not more politics, but willpower, coordination, efficiency, results, and most of all, for them to think and act on behalf of all honest Mexicans. Only then will they earn our respect and our votes.
The majority of the people in Nuevo León are people of good will, industrious and hardworking, who appreciate life in community. We stand out for our work on behalf of our family and our state. We cannot allow this violence to make us lose the values with which we have made our state so great: our work ethic, respect, effort, order, peace, security, and most of all, our ability to stand united.
Let us contribute all by doing our work well and by avoiding any act of corruption, no matter how small. Let us once again set a positive example for all of Mexico.
It is also important to emphasize that today more than ever, we must recognize the invaluable work that the Army and Navy of Mexico are performing in this fight. But we cannot forget that it is not only their fight, it is also our fight and it requires our full support.
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