Jun 23, 2013

Mexico Pursuing Vanished Victims of Its Drug Wars

NOTE: Be sure to take a look at the comment section on this article. The overwhelming majority of the comments come out against the drug war and U.S. prohibitionist policies. Many disagree with the headline, saying these are U.S., not Mexican, drug wars. I posted the following comment:

"The bloodshed and the breakdown of law in Mexico is directly caused by the US-backed drug war. The government has spent more than $2 billion taxpayer dollars on escalating the violence in Mexico under the "Merida Initiative". I´m a US citizen who has lived in Mexico many years, and I'm convinced that instead of saying "poor Mexico" we should demand that our Congress cut off the funds to the same corrupt police and military that are often responsible for these disappearances, end the Merida Initiative and send this money to our schools and communities." LC

New York Times: Rosa González cannot shake the memory of the state investigator who was too afraid of reprisals to take a full report, the police officer who shrugged when the ransom demand came, the months of agonizing doubt and, most of all, the final words from her daughter before she disappeared.

“I am giving you a hug because I love you so much,” her mentally disabled daughter, Brizeida, 23, told Rosa hours before she was abducted with her 21-year-old cousin after a party more than two years ago.

In thousands upon thousands of cases, the story may well have ended there, adding to the vast number of Mexicans who have disappeared. Unlike those in other Latin American countries who were victims of repressive governments, many of Mexico’s disappeared are casualties of the organized-crime and drug violence that has convulsed this nation for years. Read more...

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