Thursday, November 10, 2011

Another Blogger Decapitated For Posting Criminal Activities In Nuevo Laredo On The Internet

Photo: La Policiaca

Decapitated man left near local Cristóbal Colón monument.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 10, 2011

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico - On Wednesday, local police around 5:00 a.m. discovered a decapitated body of a 25-year-old man at the Cristóbal Colón monument in the Madero sector. A poster left with the body alleged that the unidentified man went by the nickname "El Rascatripas." He blogged for the Nuevo Laredo en Vivo blog and reported on criminal activities in the bordertown, according to the narco poster. The poster sign read, "This is what happened to me, like María Colón Macías for not understanding that I shouldn't be reporting about criminal activities in the area."
The body showed signs of torture and his hands were handcuffed from behind, according to Mexican authorities. The victim blogger apparently was killed for posting reports about Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, which have been in a feud for control of the multimillion dollar drug trafficking routes in the bordertown.
On September 13, a couple who posted criminal activities around Nuevo Laredo to keep the public from travelling in the troubled area were tortured, killed and hanged over a pedestrian bridge near the airport. The female also showed signs of being raped before being killed.
On September 24, the decapitated body of María Elizabeth Macías, 39, former editor for the Primera Hora newspaper was found at the Cristóbal Colón monument. Macías body also showed signs of torture, but authorities haven't confirmed if she was raped before being murdered.
No one has been arrested in the homicides and with the lack of capitol punishment (death penalty) in Mexico, wide spread political, government and law enforcement corruption, unsolved homicides will most likely never be resolved.
Local main stream television media and newspapers have limited coverage of criminal activities due to threats of possible shut down by bombs or reporters being killed. Some reporters have even been bribed and turned in reporters to the cartel for being defiant on reporting criminal activities.
Bloggers and social network users have been basically the only means of reliable source of information through Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico is accross from the U.S. bordertown Laredo, Texas.

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