Mexicans protest over surge in drug war violence

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 13, 2011 21:11 EDT
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MEXICO CITY – Mexicans took to the streets in their hundreds to protest a staggering surge in drug-related violent crime nationwide that claimed at least 45 lives in one weekend.

“No more violence, no more lack of safety, no more corrupt politicians, let’s move ahead with citizen candidates,” marchers on the touristy Paseo de la Reforma shouted after at least 45 people died in Monterrey and Guadalajara, and the northern state of Chihuahua.

Demonstrators marched to the Senate to unveil an appeal for tougher anti-drug laws.

The attacks were the latest deadly violence gripping Mexico’s war on drugs, as the country’s various criminal cartels struggle over turf and the government uses police and soldiers in an attempt to crush them.

From late Saturday into Sunday, 15 people were killed in Chihuahua state drug-related bloodletting, prosecutors said. Of the 15, nine people were slain in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s deadliest city across from the US city of El Paso.

Also in Chihuahua state, 11 people were slain in several separate murders in Ciudad Juarez, a day earlier between late Friday and Saturday, authorities said.

And gunmen shot dead five men together in an additional group killing on a highway between Chihuahua city, the state capital, and Ciudad Juarez, police said.

Separately, around 4:00 am (1000 GMT) a special unit of soldiers and police known as the Immediate Reaction Group stopped two suspicious vehicles in a suburb of the industrial city of Monterrey, the Secretariat of Defense said.

The car occupants responded by pulling out weapons and opening fire.

“Seven alleged aggressors lost their lives” in the shootout, the secretariat said in a statement, adding that the attackers “struck the side of a vehicle, resulting in a civilian death.”

Monterrey, a prosperous city and home to the local operations of several multinational corporations, is at the intersection of several highways — often used as drug smuggling routes — heading north into the United States.

Two rival drug organizations, the Gulf cartel and their former allies, the Zetas, are battling for control of the area.

Meanwhile, at around the same time an unknown assailant threw a fragmentation grenade at the porch of a crowded bar in the western city of Guadalajara, police told reporters.

Gunmen opened fire at the bar, which was packed with customers, then fled in several cars.

Three women and three men were killed in the attack and more than 20 were wounded, police said.

Drug gangs have escalated a violent turf war in the past weeks in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second most populous city with 4.4 million residents.

This is the second grenade attack on a Guadalajara bar in less than a month: on January 16 an argument between gunmen and musicians ended in a blast that killed two people.

More than 34,600 people have died in drug trafficking related violence since December 2006, when the government of President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers and federal police in a widespread crackdown on the illegal cartels.

As authorities stepped up their anti-drug operations, they discovered a secret tunnel used to smugged drugs into the United States.

The tunnel, located in the border town of Nogales, in Sonora state, was built as an addition to the local water drainage system, according to Mexican federal police.

More than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of marijuana and a handgun were discovered inside, the police said

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    Mexico is a beautiful place. It deserves better. Violence must beget violence. Legislation has not worked.
    Idea: There are a lot of ex Shining Path grunts without much to do. Hire them as special ops cops. Assign them to Columbia/Mexico ‘zones’ and pay them by the head for wet jobs. They can be ‘the good terrorists’. The present day dope murderers need to fear something that’s really scary.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester


  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    We could end this simply by ending our senseless laws against contraband drugs.

  • Anonymous

    the descendants of native americans and asians needs to be washed out.

  • Anonymous

    …all clear for take off.

  • Anonymous

    The ollie north gang placed drugs on the streets in the Black neighborhoods to fund their illegal wars. I guess the ten family oligarchy of Mexico has similar interests.

  • Anonymous

    Decriminalize cannabis and 70% of their profits are gone.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Tougher ant-drug laws? Are these people completely nuts. It’s prohibition that creates the violence, not the drugs. I am sure the cartels were loving this – in fact I daresay they paid for it. Words fail me.


  • Anonymous

    Don’t like this new Raw Story format very much at all. Seems all over the place in Safari, too.

  • ghostof911

    A more effective way is to legalize the damn stuff and take the profit away from the cartels and the CIA. Let folks grow their own, and the cartel folk will have to go back to growing vegetables and raising goats to make a living.

    Cutting off the trafficking of guns from the US will help as well, The CIA gun smugglers can retrain for more productive lines of work, such as flipping burgers and driving taxis.

  • Anonymous

    Vote life!

    Smoke OHIO dope.

    Help Ohio cannabis growers.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Prohibition already taught this lesson: legalize it and end the “drug war”.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Good grief. Murder begets murder and violence begets violence. Legalization ALWAYS works and the U.S. HAS to legalize it so that the Narco-Terror Cartels in Mexico cannot make BILLIONS on murder and pimping out drugs. Prohibition already taught this to the world.

  • Tio Holtzman

    We have to think about all of the producers of alcohol and tobacco. Where would their profits go if citizens were allowed to grow their own plants and freely supply themselves with an escape from reality?

    And think of the prison industrial complex! Every person incarcerated on a non-violent drug offence generates $$ for the private companies that run so many prisons.

    These corporations are legally bound to deliver profits to their shareholders. Drugs can’t be legalized, there’s just too much money in it.

  • Anonymous

    Little Feat— “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now”

  • Anonymous

    Try to keep it steady while you are hunting. Just a tip.

  • http://mexfiles.net Richard Grabman

    Uh… this is in relation to Mexico, and a protest of “several hundreds” doesn’t amount to anything. As it is, given the photos of the protest in today’s Milenio, El Universal and the other Mexico City dailies, it seems to be some organized group, pushing a not very widely supported agenda.

    As it is, our drug USAGE laws are fairly “liberal” (compared to the U.S.) allowing for small amounts of narcotics for personal use. However, we don’t have much of a drug USE problem, only about 2 percent of the population (at the most) being even occasional cocaine users, and only 4 percent regularly smoking marijuana.

    Drug USE is your issue, not ours.

  • http://mexfiles.net Richard Grabman

    Uh, “Shining Path”is a PERUVIAN organization, nothing to do with Mexico. Yeah, they’re both majority Spanish Speaking countries with some mountains, but that’s about it.

  • Anonymous

    Soon, money won’t matter….


    ok…my dumb…..but hold it! Language would be no problem…they sure aren’t squeamish…they are military trained….need the money.


    Legalization, and cutting off guns are excellent objectives. What happens when no one will enforce the laws or block the gun traffic?…like now.


    The cartels were not the first to kill and bomb for economic advantage. I live in a country where 1 oz. of pot, at the airport, will get you hanged. I think deterrants work too.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    The vast majority of guns used by Mexican criminals are stolen from the Mexican police and military.

    The lie is that the majority of Mexican crimes guns come from the USA. The truth is that ONLY those guns with US import or manufacturing markings are EVER traced. The USA can’t trace other guns that were never here, so the statistic becomes abused, of course almost all the traced guns trace to the USA, unless the Mexican cop tracing it was a moron he already knew it was here at one time.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the drug violence problem in Mexico will disappear peacefully. Anonymous signs should be put up calling for the public to shoot gang members from behind they don’t deserve respect and for all int purposes should be considered domestic terrorist.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Drug use is much higher in the USA, and in the UK, where the drug laws are toughest. The more rigorous the prohibition, the greater the incidence of abuse. Conversely, in countries with a relaxed attitude, like Portugal, Switzerland and Mexico, drug use loses its glamor and people find other ways to amuse themselves. So if you want to develop a first class drug problem like we have in the states, just pass some tougher drug laws and soon you can have all the benefits we enjoy here – massive prison population, and thousands of well paid public servants with a vested interest in keeping the drugs pouring into the cities. Lovely.

  • Anonymous

    The DEA officially states that we are winning the war on drugs in MX. All the deaths are a sign of progress. See qoutes below from our lovely leader of the DEA.

    (excerpts taken from The Hill, by Paul Armentamo 11/15/10)
    Finally, Ms. Leonhart has exhibited questionable judgment when speaking to the subject of escalating drug war violence in Mexico. In 2009, she described this border violence — which is responsible for over 31,000 deaths since December 2006 — as a sign of the “success” of her agency’s anti-drug strategies.

    “Our view is that the violence we have been seeing is a signpost of the success our very courageous Mexican counterparts are having,” Leonhart said. The cartels are acting out like caged animals, because they are caged animals.” This view is out of step with the reality and the gravity of the growing problem on our southern border.

    Wow! Where the fuck can I get a govenment job and say stupid shit and not have a clue to what reality is? I’m sure the people of Mexico think “sucess” is right around the corner.

  • Jaimie11

    Yes, but those deterrents are grossly inhumane. The principles of freedom suggest the least restrictive policies are the best.

  • Jaimie11

    Not only illegal, but highly addictive and cheap versions of drugs. Private prison corporations thrive as well.

  • Jaimie11

    Funny how that works, eh? Prohibition creates the very problem it is supposedly instituted to contain or prevent, creating a money-making opportunity in the process. I call that exploitation of the ‘oppositional bias’.

  • Jaimie11

    That could trigger a backfiring of endless incidents of revenge violence.

    Legalization though, HERE, would put an end to the cartels, as ghostof911 described earlier.

  • Buford2k11

    The same logic applies to our economic experts. They say cut taxes for more revenue, cut spending to help the poor. Offshore jobs, will help us become more productive, and relieve unemployment. Get sick and die, will help the bottom line of many industries. I’m tired……..of being downtrodden by my own government.

  • http://www.bobcatarts.com/ Robert Gandy

    I live in a country where 4 oz. of shampoo at the airport will get you sexually assaulted by the authorities. I think profit works better than deterrents. Legalize it.


    Profit is fine…whose?


    In the late 1920s Mussolini decided he’d had it with the Sicilian Mafia…they ran the place. He sent down a general and a couple of divisions and stopped the mobs cold. Sicily was quiet for years until the ‘allies’ recruited them for help in the Italy war effort. We put them back in business, and they are now unrestricted.

  • Jaimie11

    Our government found the Mafia’s business practices quite handy for running a big government. Our government is criminal. Let’s apply the law to it and take back out country.

    The least restrictive policies do not in any way imply condoning criminal behavior. One of the few purposes of government is to prosecute criminals and protect the rights of law-abiding citizens from being violated. Our government prosecutes those who want ethical government and rewards those who reap the benefits of criminal government.