Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Bad guys hit newspaper office in Nuevo Laredo with grenades

Sunday, May 13, 2012 |

By Chris Covert
Ranburg.com

A newspaper office was attacked with small arms and hand grenades last Friday night in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, according to Mexican news and Twitter accounts.

According to a web posting Sunday morning by El Universal news daily, the offices of El Manana was attacked at around 2300 hrs Friday by armed suspects. The firing last five minutes.

No one was reported  hurt in the attack and damage was limited to the walls of the building and nearby parked cars. The armed suspects committing the attack then left a blanket painted with a message, the contents of which were not disclosed in news accounts.

Blankets painted with messages are colloquially known as narcopintas or narcomantas, depending on the area of Mexico they are found.  The contents are often claims and threats, which in most cases are not considered credible. However, those messages are the drug cartels' most effective means of mass communication with the broader citizenry.

Nuevo Laredo is in the grip of a deadly competition between Los Zetas drug gang, of which Nuevo Laredo is considered to be their home turf and the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels, which have vowed to end Los Zetas' dominance in the city.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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26 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

68 dead,including children! narcobanner from chapo to the zetas

Anonymous said...

Ok, narco war fans, start rooting for your favorite "teams". I'm rooting for CSD and CDG to annihilate the fucking worthless Zetas!

Anonymous said...

Mexico can defeat the Zetas. Why don't they?

Anonymous said...

When is this going to end

Anonymous said...

Mexico and Chapo are doing just that. It began in NL when the media blackout began, and they will do their best to finish the nasty scum that discraces the human race before election day. The bodies in Veracruz left with a Z manta is just a part of the process of vilifying Zs so that a Lazcano kill/capture will turn the current course of a PRI victory. BTW...Los Mazatlecos and the BL/Zeta scum got punished hard in Choix. Good ridence.

Anonymous said...

because the mexican gov't is corrupt.

Anonymous said...

Narco war fans?? You are a true idiot.. we hope they all die. Toda persona vinculada al narcotrafico tiene que morir.

Anonymous said...

LOL. Zetas hit Hard!

Anonymous said...

It really seems as though the Zetas are really on the losing side of this right now. Without the remains of Beltran Levya they would be in serious trouble. I am not rooting for anyone in this. In fact, I am an American who hopes for the legalization of AT LEAST marijuana, and under cutting all of these cartels.

Anonymous said...

I am curious as to what the narcomantras say

Anonymous said...

I think Mexico needs Obama for a pres. So the Mexican people can have hope and change like America has now.

Anonymous said...

What are you saying? This is not like the FMF where we have teams we're rooting for? Heck, wasn't the Rayados' keeper a Zeta? So yeah we are narco war fans - that's why we love BB.

Anonymous said...

You do understand that chapo started the war?

Anonymous said...

For your information in choix hard core sinaloa cartel members died,included el cholo from cds!!!

Anonymous said...

Your wrong in choix el lemo a former member loyal to Alfredo Beltran Leyva is being hunted down by El Chapo Isidro since he betrayed the BL and tried to go with los Salazar a group loyal to chapo.Most of the dead in Choix are CDS hahaha.

You guys think Beltran Leyvas are weak but theyre not they basically own the state of Nayarit half of Sinaloa operate in Sonora Guerrero Miochoacan Chiapas Puebla Jalisco Baja California Oaxaca and are the top cartel in Morelos.

Anonymous said...

So Zetas killed all these people????

The Goverment has to react,or else Mexico is a failed state.

Anonymous said...

8:25 are you stupid didnt you see other blogs they are almost all beltran carillos and zetas .

Anonymous said...

Beltran-Leyvas are HAS BEENS! As in they don't matter. Chapo owns 75% OF MEXICO - Z's own 20% and rest are wanna B losers. Did u see how brave the little former landscaper was killing the guy for smoking weed in "Sowing terror in Victoria" These guys are operating with a 3rd grade education and high on coke. DEMONS.

Anonymous said...

Nope it was Zetillas!!!

Anonymous said...

@May 14, 2012 2:48 AM


You are verry verry badly informed

Anonymous said...

Is it safe to shop in Nuevo Laredo during the day? And, are there any shops even open? What about The Cadillac Bar? The mercados? Rafales?

Sorry about my spelling....English only!

Thank you for your help. A bunch of us want to go and stay at La Posada and shop on the Texas side of Laredo as well.

Anonymous said...

Narco war fans?
Give me a fucking break.These rat bastards are kidnapping innocent people and pretending they are cartel operators.The lowest cowardly little rats you could imagine...You know what,this shit don't make Mexican men look to good,doing shit like this to students and girls?I got no problem with them killing each other,that's their game and they choose it.But don't pick innocent people up who cannot fight you back,who do not have guns like they do,and then pretend they were Zetas or CDG,or whatever.That is the most cowardly grimy shit ever.

Anonymous said...

Strange happenings regarding this story. As of 15 minutes ago, absolutely no signs or damage evident on the building housing El Manana/El Diario. No fresh paint or repairs, nothing to suggest this event happened.
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Sucesos extraños con respecto a esta historia. A partir de 15 minutos, absolutamente ninguna señal o evidencia de daños en el edificio de viviendas El Mañana / El Diario. Sin pintura fresca o reparaciones, no hay nada que sugiera este evento sucedió.

Anonymous said...

Posted: May 14, 2012 6:31 AM

Updated: May 14, 2012 12:58 PM

NUEVO LAREDO - A Mexican border newspaper has decided to stop reporting on any violence they believe is connected to the cartels.

The publishers of "El Manana of Nuevo Laredo" made the announcement in a weekend editorial. The article says the paper will not report on the violence currently gripping their city or anywhere else. Although it was not specifically mentioned, the decision is believed to have been made after gunmen opened fire at the newspaper's headquarters. The attack happened last week.

The bullets damaged the building and some company vehicles. The shooting comes six years after gunmen drove a vehicle through the newspaper's entrance and then threw two grenades into the building.

Anonymous said...

"NUEVO LAREDO - A Mexican border newspaper has decided to stop reporting on any violence they believe is connected to the cartels"
Then they have won.But what can they do?
Realistically,how can they expect any kind of protection when the police are usually involved anyway?If it was my wife,she be quitting that shit.

Anonymous said...

As long as there is no death penalty in Mexico and decent citizens find it impossible to carry guns (but all criminals have them) Mexicans are open hunting for these creatures. Incidentally that's what the liberals would like to impose in the US- possibly with like effect.

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