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Violence in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

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In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, two bodies were recently mutilated and left hanging with a note warning others about using social media to report on cartel drug activities. Blogs and twitter feeds have sprung up to facilitate anonymous reporting on cartel activities, CNN reports. Revisit National Geographic magazine articles on Nuevo Laredo and drug-related violence in Mexico for background on the area and issues.

  • In Troubled Spirits (May 2010), Alma Guillermoprieto reports that “in Mexico, the harsh realities of daily life have elevated unholy saints, who now stand beside traditional icons.” Who might you pray to in desperate times? La Santa Muerte, Holy Death. Read about the strife in recent years that has resulted in cult followings of La Santa Muerte, narco-saint Jesus Malverde, and others. Photos by Shaul Schwarz.
  • Once Upon a Time in Laredo (Nov. 2006) tells the tale of two border towns which share more than the same name. Mimi Swartz describes the history of the area and the literal embrace enacted each year on the International Bridge, between residents of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas (state), Mexico. Photos by Penny De Los Santos illustrate the close friendship and family bonds that exist across a river.
  • Sam

    My mother lived here as a child and when i was a child we would go visit family.. I always felt safe and could play out in the streets with my cousins till 10 pm.. never had a problem.. it was an awesome place to eat, visit etc.. Now none of my family goes there. some still live there but we havent been in years.. its so very sad to have such wonderful memories of a town you played in and laughed in go to complete hell.

  • Ali Fakhruddin

    when will the world understand peace. Mexico is a land of wild wild west. so adventurous in its way. its so sad that even today such disgusting things happen there. Because of few people who spread this, the whole state has to suffer.

  • Todd

    I live right across from Nuevo Laredo and I used to love crossing but in the past five years I have not crossed the border. I’m worried sometimes when I go downtown and on one ocassion could actually hear one of the gun battles going on from across the river. The problem has only been getting worse.

  • […] Mexico are warning to social media users” highlights the heinous murders of two bloggers in Neuvo Laredo, Mexico.  As “Mexico murders show how Internet empowers, threatens” too explains, the […]

  • M Noname

    I cross almost every other weekend since May of 2011 and I have never experienced anything like this. I think that these incidences most likely …. the victims were probably involved with drugs or some sort of crossing the cartel. So…they suffered terrible consequences from the cartel. I do not approve of their actions….but feel that if you are not involved in anyway with anything illegal…then they seem to leave you alone. I am a caucasian, female and a U.S. citizen.

  • Claudia

    I used to live in Nuevo Laredo when I was little. We had the best time ever with my grandparents and relatives all the time. We used to play Listeria, bingo, even sit outside in the rocking chairs and enjoy the night with your loved ones. We moved to laredo, texas when I was 9 years old I am now 34. Almost all my life I’ve been living in laredo, never have I had any problems going to Mexico. I guess if you are involved in some illegal stuff or hanging out with the wrong person you are most likely to suffer consequences. I miss the old days.

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