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Fri Nov 10, 2017, 07:14 PM

Mexico drug cartel's grip on politicians and police revealed in Texas court files

Source: Guardian


Los Zetas pumped money into elections in the border state of Coahuila but the detailed testimonies have been met with official denial and public apathy

David Agren
@el_reportero
Friday 10 November 2017 06.00 EST

The accusations made in three Texas courtrooms were staggering. Witness after witness described how a notorious drug cartel pumped money into Mexican electoral campaigns and paid off individual politicians and policemen in the border state of Coahuila to look the other way as hundreds of people were massacred or forcibly disappeared.

The Texas court testimonies – gathered in a report released this week by the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law and Fray Juan de Larios Diocesan Human Rights Centre in Coahuila – give one of the most complete accounts so far of how organized crime has attempted to capture the institutions of democracy in Mexico’s regions.

The report prompted outrage among activists who have worked with victims of violence. But the accusations were met with sharp denials from Mexican politicians and a pointed lack of interest from judicial officials.

The Mexican public, meanwhile, mostly shrugged, even as the country endures its most violent year on record and the crackdown on organised crime seems unlikely to end anytime soon.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/10/mexico-drug-cartels-grip-on-politicians-and-police-revealed-in-texas-court-files

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 10, 2017, 07:34 PM

1. Our overlords try to gain $$$ by killing programs like the ACA which will kill

millions. Mexico's corruption is much more direct and gruesome, but in the end powerful forces are always controlling government to some extent.

What happened to those poor people should be an international outrage. Evidentally in Mexico it has become normalized and so pervasive everyone is afraid to speak out, and for good reason.

We need to legalize drugs and focus on rehab and information campaigns. Cut out the black markets and this will stop. Our own law enforcement has too much to lose as would the Law and Order politicians and drug companies for it to happen.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 10, 2017, 08:19 PM

2. I used to love going to Mexico on vacations

These cartels and the killings have destroyed a lot of Mexico tourism.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 11, 2017, 07:30 PM

3. Texans would go there routinely

to eat good food, to buy shoes and other items and to enjoy the culture. I loved their markets. Can't remember the last time anyone I know went over the border including my family.

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