On the morning of Sunday, October 24, ‘Estemos Unidos Mexicanos’, a national coalition of Mexican citizens dedicated to the struggle against violence, insecurity and corruption through the medium of non-violence, hung 30 mantas (or banners) in Mexico City and 2 in Monterrey with slogans aimed at raising awareness among the population.
The movement copied the method used by organized crime to communicate threats and spread fear against criminal rivals and society at large.
In Mexico City the authorities brought down the banners within a couple of hours to which the coalition responded with:
Pueden quitarnos las mantas, pero sólo gritaremos más fuerte. ¿A qué le tienen miedo?
(You can take the banners down, we will only roar louder. What is there to fear?)
In Monterrey the authorities, whether through decency or plain laziness, let the banners fly all day long.
Convert your neighbor into an ally
We are the majority. That makes us stronger. United against the violence
There are more good people than bad
It is time to do something and unite against the violence
Our apathy is the best weapon of any criminal
If crime is organized, why aren't we?
WE ARE ESTEMOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Estemos Unidos Mexicanos is a movement started by a group of citizens fed up with a small group of criminals and corrupt officials that have kidnapped the country. We are anonymous because the nature and effectiveness of our actions require it. Things can not continue as before. Violence, impunity and corruption are destroying our country. People are suffering atrocities and fear.
We in this organization have reached a decision: we will work to rescue our Mexico and have a plan that aims to restore the peace.
We call on our fellow citizens to make the decision to join our non-violent movement. We are more in number than the criminals and the fact that we do not use violence does not mean we lack resources and strategies to combat those who threaten Mexico.
Our organization has identified that the first enemy to overcome is the apathy of citizens and that is why we call on to stand up, organize and make the right decision.
Mexicans wake up!
There are only two choices: to continue witnessing the destruction of Mexico, or do something to organize and fight without violence but with determination, courage and effectiveness to recover our country from crime, impunity and corruption.
Our movement is not for or against political parties or ideology. Here is a place for all citizens who want to live in peace and are willing to fight for it. We recognize that there are authorities who are doing their job but there are those who help the criminals. We know how to identify them and they will get what they deserve.
So we are taking the first step. No more apathy, no more fear! Let's work together! Identify, among our neighbors and friends, women and men of good will, talk to them about it and identify who will help organize the security and peace. Let's do it without delay.
link to the Estemos Unidos Website: http://estemosunidosmexicanos.wordpress.com/
If any reader doubts the courage and determination required to commit to a non-violent struggle against the criminal forces in Mexico or is unaware of the consequences of being identified by these forces, then read the following article that appeared Monday in the Mexican blogsite “Blog del Narco”
Zetas decapitate a woman for betraying them to the military Monday October 25, 2010
The decapitated body of a woman was found early Monday morning in the colonia La Concordia area of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The location of the body was reported to authorities approximately 4:00 AM.
The body was found laying face up with the head between it’s legs and a dismembered finger from its right hand was inserted in the mouth, a symbol for a “snitch”.
The woman’s body remained unidentified as there were no documents or I.D. present and nobody came forward to identify her.
Behind the body was found a message which said. "We killed this fucking woman for being a snitch. She put the finger with the “mean ones” the day of the battle at La Concordia. This is going to happen to all the fucking snitches. Sincerely The Z".
(there was heavy fighting reported last week in Nuevo Laredo between gunmen and the military on at least 2 occasions. 5 gunmen were reported killed)
The content of the message are seen as a warning to all those who might have the initiative to report any events happening in the city.
The police forces also conducted a thorough review of the home where the woman’s body was found. It was unknown if any other people had been inside the house and were abducted at the time of the murder.
The public prosecutor at the scene authorized the removal of the body for an autopsy and to wait for a relative to identify the body.