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Human Rights Abuse in Mexico

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 8:50 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Yesterday, Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis. The same day, a “caravan of rights observers and leftist political activists” traveling in southern Mexico were attacked by gunfire. Two people were killed and many more may have been abducted:

“Gunmen ambushed a caravan of rights observers and leftist political activists in a remote, restive area of southern Mexico, killing a Finnish man and a Mexican woman, and dozens from the group remained missing, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The ambush took place Tuesday just outside the village of San Juan Copala, which is the scene of a long-running dispute between a group demanding greater local autonomy and militants with links to Oaxaca state’s ruling party.

An eyewitness said the roughly 40 people traveling in the caravan abandoned their vehicles and scattered when masked gunmen opened fire from a hillside.

Most who fled were still missing, including two journalists from the Mexican magazine Contralinea. It was not clear how many foreigners were with the caravan. The rights group Pro Juarez said there were observers from Finland, Italy, Belgium and Germany among the group, but Mexican authorities could not immediately confirm that.”

Mexico is extremely dangerous for residents and visitors, and that alone is reason to secure America’s southern border.


13 Responses to “Human Rights Abuse in Mexico”

  1. Well, everybody on this side of the border is “energized:”

    Which is pretty easy when you don’t have to worry about being gunned down in cold blood regardless of your political intentions.

    Ag80 (f67beb)

  2. unless you are white in a ghetto area…..

    then your options (not up to you) are shot, stabbed, beaten, raped, robbed, or just garden variety harassed.

    however, its not a hate crime because you’re not a minority. (unless you are gay)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  3. I blame it on the tea partiers.

    Patricia (5f1523)

  4. Beheading…another quaint Mexican custom brought to our neighborhoods, Americanized with the use of chainsaws.

    AD - RtR/OS! (ecaeda)

  5. Ain’t it fun what economic desperation will drive people to do?

    Icy Texan (d7204c)

  6. sounds like Mexico needs to adopt strict gun control, which will put a stop to such violence….

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  7. Oh, and don’t forget: no death penalty either.

    Icy Texan (d7204c)

  8. Notice the organizers and activists are not Arizona residents. I’m sure Tucson is terrified by the threatened San Francisco boycott.

    One of the biggest events in LA immigration activism was the boycott by illegal aliens who took one day off from work to show how LA would collapse without them. What happened was that traffic went back to 1970 levels and everybody who drove that day has been trying to organize another boycott since.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  9. Ideally, on a daily basis extending for a looong time..

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  10. Relax everyone. San Fransisco and Obama have to clean up AZ first before they have the time to go after Mexico.

    There are only so many self-righteous liberals in this country to go around. Once the path from the border to Phoenix is paved and all Mexicans given their own Segway will they deal with the minor problem of the immigration laws south of the border.

    MU789 (13091a)

  11. Southern Mexico has been bad for a long time. In the 80’s when there was unrest in Nicaragua, Guatamala, and El Salvador, the state Dept. said, “Don’t drive to Costa Rica because S. Mexico is too dangerous with roving groups of bandits”. Kind of like the James’ gang, except with Jeeps and assault rifles.

    MD in Philly (0f793a)

  12. I hate to express schadenfreude but I have a small burst of endorphins when I hear about all the “human rights” busybodies getting an up close and personal experience with human rights in Mexico.

    Now, if they would organize a similar caravan in the Gaza strip.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  13. #12

    If I stay out of politics and don’t flash money, I’m safer in Mexico than in Detroit.

    Anyone that thinks average Mexican people want “human right” convoys is delusional.

    Mexican’s have the classic “no fault” world view… big hole in the sidewalk? Go around.
    Open electric wiring? Don’t touch it
    Drug war in Juarez? Go to Zacatecas instead.

    The foreigners who got shot in Mexico? My bet is most Mexican’s are a little embarrassed, but have a more “wtf did they think was going to happen?” attitude.
    A tragedy of bad judgement. Another failed attempt to defeat natural selection

    Steve G (7d4c78)

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