Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mexican Doctors Refusing To Return To Work Due To Drug Cartel Threats

Doctors failed to return to work at a local Soto la Marina hospital and in Nuevo Laredo, a local high school suspended classes after gunmen attempted to kidnap several students. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 3, 2013

Soto la Marina, Tamaulipas, Mexico - On Saturday, a Facebook underground user "Valor por Tamaulipas" (VT) posted that the majority of doctors have failed to return to work at a local hospital. Only several doctors remain to cover any 24 hour emergency that comes into the hospital. Last week, the military took a wounded man believed to belong to a local drug cartel to get treated at the hospital. The doctors felt that their lives were in danger for treating the man and were afraid that a rival cartel would take revenge for keeping the man alive. Most of the doctors have failed to return to work due to the threats, according to VT.
In Tampico, a rise of kidnappings have been reported. A criminal organization is targeting family members of wealthy business owners in the area. 
On Friday morning, in Nuevo Laredo during the honor ceremony hour at the Cuahutemoc high school, a group of men attempted to rob and kidnap several students. One of the female students managed to escape and alerted the school administration. The honor event and classes were immediately suspended and students were sent home to avoid any further incidents. Other similar incidents have occurred in Matamoros, Tampico, Ciudad Victoria and Reynosa, VT reported on its Facebook page.

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