Danger Room: Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions

29.09.11

Categorie: Americas, Drug War, Latin America, Mexico, Robert Beckhusen, Wired |
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by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

A scrawled sign was placed next to a decapitated body near a main road in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo. Its message was simple: Stop talking about drug cartels on the internet — or anywhere else. “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social networking sites,” the sign read, “I’m The Laredo Girl, and I’m here because of my reports, and yours.”

The execution of Marisol Macias Castaneda — known online as “The Laredo Girl” and as “Nena de Laredo” — is the latest in a series of attacks against Mexicans who go online to discuss drug violence. It’s an epidemic which a new report describes as “so horrific as to approach a civil war.”

The report, released Monday by the Texas Department of Agriculture and authored by retired Major General Robert Scales and retired General Barry McCaffrey, describes a conflict in which drug cartels have forced the “capitulation” of Mexican border cities, killed more than 40,000 people and have fueled “an internal war in Mexico that has stripped that country of its internal security to the extent that a virtual state of siege now exists adjacent to our own southwestern states.”

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One Response to “Danger Room: Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions”

  1. Mike says:

    Screw these murderers!!!! They are nothing but a pos, all of them!