at the beginning of October, the son of the former governor of Coahuila (nephew of the current governor) was murdered, ostensibly by the Zetas/police working in association with the Zetas
apparently his father, Humberto Moreira, just came out and, among other things, directly linked the Zetas to the coal mining industry in Coahuila, which by extension would include the proposed coal mine in my hometown (the company seeking the permit is Mexican, and among other things, they want to construct their own railroad bridge over the Rio Grande instead of using the ones that already exist)
on one hand this was obvious as hell from the beginning, but it’s still kind of amazing and terrifying to see it outright confirmed by someone so prominent. (And hopefully it’s this in combination with the recent FBI arrest of a local commissioner for smuggling drug money into Mexico that’s behind the Texas Railroad Commission’s delay in making a decision on that permit, but who knows.)
Last week, there was a mass, cartel-aided prison break across the Rio Grande from my hometown, now it’s bomb scares on the international bridge
the best part of googling this is all the white people who think it’s cute to make jokes about stopping illegals/Mexicans this way, as if the river acts as a strict segregator of race and nationality. HOW DO U BORDER
Here are some English-language articles:
The Kingpins - Lengthy but pretty comprehensive article that lays out the relationship between the PRI, Enrique Pena Nieto, and the narcowar, as well as the influence drug violence has had upon Mexican voters.
Mexico’s Election: A Vote For Peace, A Plan For War - Offers some background regarding the origin of #yosoy132 and American interference in the elections.
Mexico’s Youth Uprising - Written just before the elections, capturing the mood at that time.
Raped, Beaten, Never Forgotten - Information about the widespread sexual assault of women in San Salvador Atenco, which occurred under Ernesto Pena Nieto’s watch, and is one of the biggest contributors to outrage against him.
Reports of gift card payments… - Concerning the gift cards to Mexican supermarket chain Soriana, which were used to buy votes for the PRI, and the origin of the the numerous Soriana references in the protests.
(I do not claim that the information in these articles is 100% accurate or free from contention, but they should give a sufficient understanding of the factors at play here.)
omg one of my old friends since middle school is dating a guy who works for the PRI and she keeps making butthurt posts about the fact that people don’t like corrupt, vote-buying institutions that had single-party rule of their nation for seven decades coming back into power. FOR SOME CRAZY REASON THEY’RE UPSET ABOUT THIS. Today she posts this video as a defense.
“Even if this is the worst version of the PRI that comes back, the institutions that Mexicans have built are solid enough to contain that PRI,” said Krauze from El Zócalo just a few hours ahead of voting.
gurl, that is not a positive review
In the Mexico tag I can already see some dipshit Americans saying they are totally stoked about Enrique Peña Nieto being elected because obviously that’s a big fuck you to established drug policy. One of them was even like “I know nothing about this guy, but if he tells the US to fuck off, I’m all for him!”
WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU IGNORANT FUCKS?! This is what happens when your interest in the drug war revolves entirely around your desire for legal weed (which you probably smoke anyway), and ignores the complex history and politics of the country that is suffering for it. Sit down and shut up.