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AHeneen
02-17-2009, 09:45 PM
Marchers block Mexico-US border
From the BBC... (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7896094.stm)

Hundreds of people in Mexico have blocked key crossings into the US in protests against the deployment of the army fighting drug traffickers.

Traffic was brought to a halt on a number of bridges in several border towns in northern Mexico.

The protesters accused the army of abuse against civilians. Government officials said the blockades had been organised by drug gangs.

The army was sent into border towns in 2006 to control rising drug violence.

More than 5,000 people were killed in drug-related violence last year, Mexican officials say.

Powerful drug cartels have been fighting both each other and federal forces as they battle to control the immensely lucrative routes trafficking cocaine and other drugs from Colombia to the US via Mexico.

Up to 40,000 troops are currently deployed against trafficking cartels.

In some parts of the country, the army has taken over the role of the police, which have often proved easily corrupted when bribed or threatened by the gangs, says the BBC's Stephen Gibbs in Mexico City.

Calderon's vow

The protesters blocked bridges in the border towns of Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa.

They chanted "Soldiers out!" and "Stop abuse by the PFP [Federal Preventative Police]!"

The demonstrators also shut roads in the industrial city of Monterrey.

Many of the protesters said border towns had become more dangerous since President Felipe Calderon sent the army in three years ago.

But the governor of one state - Nuevo Leon - said he believed the Gulf drugs cartel and its armed wing, the Zetas, were behind the border protests.

"There are reasons to believe it has to do with the Gulf cartel and the group known as the Zetas," Governor Natividad Gonzalez said.

Human rights activists say there are legitimate complaints about reported abuses by the troops, including alleged cases in which army patrols have fired on civilians at checkpoints.

President Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of troops along the border, vowing to destroy drug cartels.

THE RESISTANCE
02-17-2009, 10:34 PM
Gingrich warned on Steph.... (ABC) about The Problems in Mexico and the "War" being fought there and it was Something we need to worry about.

No comments from the others and the conversation moved on.

Will the government remain asleep on this as they have the illegal alien invasion?

The Mexican "drug army" has already become well entrenched in this nation .

Does anyone else hear a fiddle constantly playing, playing and a smoke like smell?

tacitus
02-17-2009, 10:52 PM
Mexico is a ticking time bomb and it is just a matter of time before that country explodes. I suspect that tourism has taken a dramatic drop over the past few months because of the numerous reports drug murders, and the apparent loss of control by the government to maintain law and order. Mexico has also experienced a decline in the amount of money being sent from the USA by the illegals living here, and a up swing in illegals returning to Mexico because of the poor job situation here. There is no way I would consider vacationing anywhere in Mexico right now. FL and TX will be getting my vacation cash this summer.

Odysseus
02-17-2009, 11:48 PM
Gingrich warned on Steph.... (ABC) about The Problems in Mexico and the "War" being fought there and it was Something we need to worry about.
No comments from the others and the conversation moved on.
Will the government remain asleep on this as they have the illegal alien invasion?
The Mexican "drug army" has already become well entrenched in this nation .
Does anyone else hear a fiddle constantly playing, playing and a smoke like smell?
Actually, I hear something worse...

The Second Coming
by William Butler Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all around it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?