Note: this one has folks on both sides of border a bit worried.
Woman decapitated in Mexico for web posting By MARK STEVENSON
(September 24th, 2011 @ 7:39pm)
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police found a woman's decapitated body in a
Mexican border city on Saturday, alongside a handwritten sign saying
she was killed in retaliation for her postings on a social networking
The gruesome killing may be the third so far this month in which
people in Nuevo Laredo were killed by a drug cartel for what they
said on the internet.
Morelos Canseco, the interior secretary of northern Tamaulipas state,
where Nuevo Laredo is located, identified the victim as Marisol
Macias Castaneda, a newsroom manager for the Nuevo Laredo newspaper
The newspaper has not confirmed that title, and an employee of the
paper said Macias Castaneda held an administrative post, not a
reporting job. The employee was not authorized to be quoted by name.
But it was apparently what the woman posted on the local social
networking site, Nuevo Laredo en Vivo, or "Nuevo Laredo Live," rather
than her role at the newspaper, that resulted in her killing.
The site prominently features tip hotlines for the Mexican army, navy
and police, and includes a section for reporting the location of drug
gang lookouts and drug sales points- possibly the information that
angered the cartel.
The message found next to her body on the side of a main thoroughfare
referred to the nickname the victim purportedly used on the site, "La
Nena de Laredo," or "Laredo Girl." Her head was found placed on a
large stone piling nearby.
"Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social networking sites, I'm The Laredo
Girl, and I'm here because of my reports, and yours," the message
read. "For those who don't want to believe, this happened to me
because of my actions, for believing in the army and the navy. Thank
you for your attention, respectfully, Laredo Girl...ZZZZ."
The letter "Z" refers to the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel, which
is believed to dominate the city across from Laredo, Texas.
By late Saturday, the chat room at Nuevo Laredo en Vivo was abuzz
with fellow posters who said they knew the victim from her online
postings, and railing against the Zetas, a gang founded by military
deserters who have become known for mass killings and gruesome
They described her as a frequent poster, who used a laptop or cell
phone to send reports.
"Girl why didn't she buy a gun given that she was posting reports
about the RatZZZ ... why didn't she buy a gun?" wrote one chat
participant under the nickname "Gol."
Earlier this month, a man and a woman were found hanging dead from an
overpass in Nuevo Laredo with a similar message threatening "this is
what will happen" to internet users. However, it has not been clearly
established whether the two had in fact ever posted any messages, or
on what sites.
Residents of Mexican border cities often post under nicknames to
report drug gang violence, because the posts allow a certain degree
Social media like local chat rooms and blogs, and networking sites
like Twitter and Facebook, are often the only outlet for residents of
violence-wracked cities to find out what areas to avoid because of
ongoing drug cartel shootouts or attacks.
Local media outlets, whose journalists have been hit by killings,
kidnappings and threats, are often too intimidated to report the
Mexico's Human Rights Commission says eight journalists have been
killed in Mexico this year and 74 since 2000. Other press groups cite
lower numbers, and figures differ based on the definition of who is a
journalist and whether the killings appeared to involve their
While helpful, social networking posts sometimes are inaccurate and
can lead to chaotic situations in cities wracked by gang
confrontations. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, just south of
Tamaulipas, the state government dropped terrorism charges last week
against two Twitter users for false posts that officials said caused
panic and chaos in late August.
Note: Police stayed to protect their headquarters
Police were stationed during bloody day in the South Central area
of the state
El Diario de Delicias | September 25, 2011 | 8:35 pm
Delicias .- After that yesterday evening lived an intense day of
violence in the South Central region of the state, events in which 7
people, including a 17 years-were killed in the style of organized
crime, agents Municipal Police were stationed Delicias City while the
facilities at the Public Security was guarded for fear of a possible
attack by opposing groups.
It is noteworthy that 24 hours after an armed sow panic in Meoqui to
murder a police officer and a civilian as well as to shoot several
shops, Delicias, Rosales and Meoqui again becomes the scene of
violence which prevailed psychosis to the extent that the municipal
police was quartered and unusually there was the execution of 7
people in less than 9 hours in different events, taking an alarming
degree the presumption that a group of gunmen in 4 to 7 trucks
through the city generating spreading alarm and terror.
( and it goes on and on, in Spanish )