Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Open Letter to the Governor of Veracruz

Monday, October 3, 2011 |

The government in Veracruz attempted to reassure the citizens of this port city that everything is fine and nothing is happening. But the citizens know better. This is an open letter to the Governor of the reality that the people live every day.

Late on a cold night when everyone goes to sleep early in the safety of their homes that leaves the streets desolate outside,  I heard the loud noise. It sounded like if something had fallen, I did not give much thought due to the high winds and I logically thought that the wind had dropped something in someone's home.

I heard the nearby sound of dogs barking, but again I gave it no thought. About half an hour later, I notice a white van parked on the street with the headlights on. I thought that perhaps a neighbor just got home or since a new business just opened around the corner, the owners were checking on it; till I started to hear a lot of whispering.

Soon after I notice that someone was taking pictures. Then I got startled from the sound of a loud noise, like someone was delivering a blow of some kind, sounded like something large that was being moved around or perhaps even thrown. I knew then that something was not right. I turn off the TV and tried to see what was happening.

Suddenly I see the figure of a man walking in the middle of the street dressed all in black holding a rifle on both hands. I make an attempt to make sense of it all, the noise, just trying to reconstruct the scene that is unfolding right outside my home. Was it one body or several bodies that they were picking up. I was unable to distinguish if they were police officers or sicarios.

I started to panic.

Soon I realized that in fact they were police officers, they were taking photos, lifting something, checking around to see if people were watching. No one dared to go outside their homes for fear. Minutes later an ambulance arrived without making any noise, drove down the street without any lights and collected a covered body, then drove away. 5 minutes later the police officers made their presence known by illuminating their spotlights on the houses from all sides of the street to see if anyone was outside watching.

Then they left.

I use to consider my neighborhood calm and quiet, but now I am afraid to leave my house. I use to think that all the bad was far away but now, I am finding out that it's closer than I thought. Today there are only neighbors that doubt, with a dire need to ask but no one dares to talk about it.

The same street seem dead in the morning, one could only see a large dried blood stain just steps from the door of a house next to the sidewalk. I am truly scared, I can’t get it off my mind, because there, in that place, why leave a body? Why is it that no one has reported the incident? I have not seen any news about the incident in the local newspapers or any website. No reporter came to report or take pictures.

Who left the body there?

Now every time I see a car, or watch someone in the street, I see them with suspicion and, fear that it could happen again in that same area.

I share this because there are many cases like this one that remain unreported, without coming to the open. How much more blood, how many more bodies have to continue to stain our streets and arrive to our door steps of our homes from all this wave of violence in our beautiful state .. Mr. Governor, please do not tell me that Veracruz is a quiet and that "Nothing" happens here.. Who will return our peace, our security and our tranquility we once had?

Today we just breathe fear in the very home within our doors ..

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22 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

NEED FEEDBACK- does anybody know if Cancun is going thru this VIOLENCE that many parts of Mexico is suffering from? Cuz i stay in the states an im thinking about moving down there,so i wanted 2 know what cartels are wrking down there if theres any there.

Anonymous said...

If Rick Perry wins the race and becomes our next president, he will send our troops to Mexico and clean up all that. The citizens of Mexico will no longer have to live in fear.

Anonymous said...

This is a very well written article and helps people understand more about what is happening in Mexico. The whole Mexican nation is going to start suffering PTSD at some point. Just reading this news and looking at the photos and videos is enough to cause PTSD in some people.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the governor knows what exactly is going on, but he is either too afraid to admitted publucly, or he is on the cartels pay roll.

Texcoco said...

October 3, 2011 11:44 PM It is nice to know our neighbor the U.S. care about Mexico, but I believe if we Mexicans don't clean out our own shit, we will never have a country of our own.

Anonymous said...

Fuck rick perry! That piece of shit can't even secure the Texas border!.. Let's send in the U.S. Military into Mexico but let's have a smart wise president make that good decision. OBAMA 2012

Anonymous said...

Yes Cancun is also having problems and it appears Zetas control that area. It's kept very quiet since Cancun is a cash cow for tourism. Also, it's not a city so you don't see it, but they are definitely having issues and I'd think twice about opening a business there. Living there may be okay as of now, but I would not want to own something.

tire a the same ol shit said...

duarte sold the plaza of veracruz 2 the zeta then betrayed them and took a bigger bribe and protection from the sinaloa cartel . dont hold me 2 it but thats the speculation in veracruz only problem is the same thing as for zacatecaz the zetas are way to entrenched so penetrated its going to take time and strategic tactics to take them out which seem to be working yet its going to take innocent lives with it so its still a tragedy

Anonymous said...

@ Oct 4, 5;59AM-thanx 4 the feedback

Anonymous said...

Government has drug laws in place and those evil bastards that keep them in place are responsible. The bigger they come, the harder they fall. The universe operates under only one true law: What Works. What works? Love, allowance, health and healing, just what any Mother does.

Jesus the Moose said...

@ anon 0559
You've got so many colors of bullshit that I don't know where to begin. The Tx border is international therefore it is a FEDERAL JOB. On the other hand, foreign troops on Mx land is unconstitutional by Mx law. The POTUS would have to invade so there must be a very strong rationale for going that route.

Anonymous said...

OUR SEAL TEAMS Don't need permission from Thoes stupid fucks who run that so called govt ooorah! Sry moose

Anonymous said...

Where's the news about mazatlan? El bravo and his people ran from the beltrans. Put it up!haha

Anonymous said...

Obama is helping. Its gonna get worse before it gets better. And many more will die but mexico is to close to us to be ignored. They are forcing teens into that life and even though they are forced. They will still have to pay with their life.

Anonymous said...

Obama is helping? How can people be so clueless?

Anonymous said...

perry aint gonna do shit he needs to start growing drugs in the states maybe that will boost our economy usa usa

Jesus the Moose said...

@ anon 7:59
Prescription drugs for the ills of recession? Yup, drugged up stupors are great for productivity. And people would just love to buy stuff made by our drugged up work force. What a novel idea, you ought to get the Nobel Prize 'cause you're such a genius!

Anonymous said...

90% of the guns used by cartels in Mexico are made in the US... Before sending the Military or any other "help", the US should keep better weapon control.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me if both mexico and USA woul make an honest effort to guard the border to keep people, dope and guns from crossing illegally that it would go a long way in reducing the problems in much of mexico.. they wouldn´t be fighting over turf to move drugs to border.. let em bring drugs in by air or sea.. much less need to fight over control of highways and cities.

Anonymous said...

@ Jesus the Moose
What about states rights? Doesn't Texas have the right to protect it's own borders? Why dies it need the federal government for that?

Anonymous said...

Soy de Veracruz puerto y se de lo que escribe mi paisana, el miedo y terror a llegado a nuestra ciudad, los levantones de jovenes estan a la orden del dia, a todos ellos los acusa la opinion publica de servidores de los Zs, pero en algunos nada de eso es cierto, algunos solo fueron levantados por ser testigos involuntarios o por acompañar a esos que se dicen ser zetitas. Hoy escucho que el presidente Calderon acusa a los E.U. de tener protegido al "chapo" y se olvida que fue durante el sexenio de su antecesor que se permitio por corruptelas la salida de este personaje de "puente grande", que obtusa memoria tiene el sr. Calderon, ahora dice que se pasea con su esposa por los Angeles, porque no se dan una vuelta los de su "inteligencia" por los cerros de San Andres Tuxtla, alli se llevaran una sorpresa, una muy muy grande. Pero no, que madre lo van ha hacer, si saben perfectamente quien reposa alli y que es una de las mayores causas por las que ahora Veracruz padece de este enorme mal. Alli se los dejo de tarea para quien guste leer, buscar e investigar.

Anonymous said...

una pregunta, para anonymous, se ve que estas muy bien informado de todo lo relacinado acaso eres un agente de inteligencia de usa aqui en mexico.

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