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Mexican war on drugs reaches new low as drug gangs hang rival members from city-centr

By jon-q, Jun 12, 2011 | | |
  1. jon-q
    They are the gruesome images that are testament to the trouble that has hit one Mexican city which has become a flashpoint for the war on drugs.

    Two young men, cut down in the prime of their life, were left hanging from a pedestrian bridge as warring drugs cartels continue to fight in Monterrey

    One of the men was missing a foot and had been stripped down to just his underwear while the other's clothes were splattered with blood.
    Their bodies were discovered early yesterday morning and both had placards that said: 'This happened to them for supporting the CDG [Gulf cartel].'

    The manufacturing city where they were found has changed dramatically over the last four years. With a population of 4million people, it has gone from being a model for developing economies to a symbol of Mexico's drug war chaos.

    It has been sucked down into a dark spiral of gangland killings, violent crime and growing lawlessness.

    Trouble has escalated since late 2006 when President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led war on the cartels. In that time, grenade attacks, beheadings, firefights and drive-by killings have surged.

    The city is home to some of Latin America's biggest companies and average incomes are double the Mexican average.

    Across the country almost 40,000 people have now been killed since 2006 and Monterrey's violence has risen to the point that questions are being raised over the government's ability to maintain order and ensure its viability.

    Although Mexico City has avoided most of the troubles, killings have started in the second city of Guadalajara.
    If the cartels were to declare war in the capital, Monterrey's experience shows that Mexico's long-neglected police and judiciary are not equipped to handle it.

    Javier Astaburuaga, chief financial officer at Latin American drinks maker, Femsa, said: 'If we can't deal with the problem in Monterrey, with all the resources and the people have here, then it is a serious concern for the rest of Mexico.'

    Since the beginning of this year, 600 people have been killed already - in the whole of 2010 there were 620 deaths.

    Among them are local mayors, innocent civilians - including a housewife caught in crossfire, a newlywed systems engineer killed by soldiers on his way to work and a young design student who was killed in one of the city's busiest shopping streets.

    Hanging people from bridges happens with increasing regularity and is designed to intimidate.

    On New Year's eve, gunmen hanged a woman from a road bridge. Severed heads have been dumped outside kindergartens and traffic police have been shot as they guide children across roads.

    On two days in April, a record 30 people were killed in shootouts, mainly hitmen and police, but also a student run down and fatally wounded when a police officer fled from gunmen.

    By Richard Hartley-parkinson
    Mail Online 6th June 2011




  1. Halor
    Re: Mexican war on drugs reaches new low as drug gangs hang rival members from city-c

    The drug cartels need to take the friendly approach.. I'm serious..

    Images and stories like this reaching the states will be the main cause of these cartels potentially being placed on the 'terrorist' list - and if that's the case.. we all know how many of our own laws we break capturing and killing terrorists..

    But if the Cartels were friendly, opened up the neighborhood doctors office, pub and candy shop! They would be #1 in the eyes of all! :)
  2. jon-q
    Re: Mexican war on drugs reaches new low as drug gangs hang rival members from city-c

    Here's the latest, offering from the cartels. It's much tamer than the above story, but still pretty sick. (This includes Video footage, if you follow the link)

    Mexican policemen rescue a man hung alive from bridge

    Mexican police rescue a man left hanging from a bridge from his wrists by suspected drug gangs. The lifeless body of another victim hangs next to him.

    Monterrey, Mexico (Reuters) - Policemen rescued a man who had been hung from his wrists by suspected drug gangs in the northern city of Monterrey on Wednesday (June 8).

    Dramatic video footage showed the desperate man shouting for help.
    The lifeless body of another victim hung beside him with a shot to the head.

    Paramedics were the first to arrive at the scene and tried to rescue the man. As they were trying to do so, hooded gunmen returned to the scene and threatened them by firing shots into the air.

    After an hour, dozens of policemen and troops arrived at the scene and finally pulled the man up.

    The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm, according to Reforma newspaper.

    Drug gangs left a threatening message next to the bodies. Their wrists had been strapped to a rope together with a radio.

    A battle for Monterrey, a manufacturing city of 4 million people 140 miles (230 km) from the Texan border, is being waged between the powerful Gulf cartel and its former enforcers, the Zetas.

    In spite of the ongoing drug violence, Nuevo Leon state government forecasts the economy will grow 5 percent this year and expects more than $2 billion in foreign investment this year. But if not for the drugs war, things would be even better.

    NTN24 News : 9th June 2011


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