So, I am posting this after getting calls all night last night about explosions going on in the border, more specifically Nuevo Laredo. I'll rewind
a bit first.
I grew up in Laredo,TX the United States side of the Laredos, and have always had my family and friends here. I moved to Austin for schooling and
just stayed there, but visit occasionally to see my parents, grandparents, etc. Well, I took this weekend to go ahead and come to Laredo to visit,
and take it from a lifetime resident: it has gotten BAD. It's never been "really" good, but I could walk into Mexico and grab a cheap beer, buy
some novelties, and walk back without incident.
So... I had a conversation yesterday with my mother and some friends who came by her house to say hi to me. We all talked about the situation, and
every single person had some VERY interesting things to say.
To start, no ranches were taken over. That was false. I think they had put out word that they were going to start (they=drug cartels) taking over
ranches, but nothing had happened. What caught my attention was the fact that in South Laredo, where we are closest to Mexico geographically, there
are actual snipers on the Mexico side 24/7. My friend said if I had guts I could go and try to see them, they are on roof tops with rifles. No guts
I told him. Another thing is, my mom said that DAILY there are mexican military helicopters flying around in US airspace over her house, flying SO
LOW you can read the serial numbers. i don't know what the laws of airspace are, but I am pretty sure that's not kosher, to have military copters
flying in the US. My friend's aunt had her house in Nuevo Laredo broken into at 2am last week, guns drawn, demanding $250 dollars for "rent" or
she'd get shot. She didn't have the cash and the people who broke in told her if she didn't have it by the next day, to expect her and her kids
shot. She had to sell her tv and dining set to get the cash. The guys who broke in were no more than 16-17, fully-automatic weapons, and they were
going house to house to either get the money or make threats.
There have been 103 murders in 2010. That averages to about 15 murders per MONTH, or one every 2 days. This is going on literally 1/4 mile from the
United States, and I man LITERALLY. The bridge itself is only about 1/4 mile, and that is all that separates the two land masses. On certain areas
it's a few yards separation. Well last night around 3am, a friend of mine who lives about 2 miles from the border heard TWO different explosions. I
got 2 more calls at the same time from two more people asking if I had heard them. I didn't, but it's been verified.
I wish I had time to post all of the stories I am hearing. I have no idea why this is not top news on CNN. If there's car bombs in Somalia, or
close to the US Embassy in Thailand, it's breaking news. People are having their homes BROKEN INTO, being robbed, pistol-whipped, shot at, living in
FEAR, within WALKING DISTANCE to the UNITED STATES.. The majority of the people are just hard working Mexican citizens trying to make an honest buck.
US Citizens have been kidnapped already, gotten beheaded, and the media has said that they were involved in drug trafficking. Well, that is a LIE,
because two of the girls were my neighbors, and they were the FARTHEST from anyting related to crime!
Where is Anderson Cooper? Where are the news media? Why doesn't anyone care that there is a WAR going on so close to our border? And make NO
MISTAKE, it is a WAR!
I am here for a few days, and I will try to get video/pictures of the real story. Consider me your eye on the Mexico situation while I am here. I am
going to be traveling to different locations that friends of mine have deemed "safe houses" and going to see what I can find out. Maybe if I can
get enough information this will get the attention it needs. I HATE, just HATE hearing stories like the one that happened to my friend's aunt. I am
sure it is happening to hundreds of people, but with an average population that doesn't read or write very well, let alone use a computer, they have
no voices. It's so sad, it's the wild west all over again, but this time war is being waged with automatic weapons and grenades. Someone threw a
live grenade into a soccer field and killed a child a few days ago. They're taking buses over, killing the drivers and people who are "too slow"
to get out, and blockading streets. NOTHING IS BEING DONE ABOUT THIS!
Enough is enough, sorry I ranted at the end but this really does get to me when innocent lives are being taken, rights are being stripped of the
citizens, and no one is even listening to these poor people because their government has forgotten about them. I'll answer any questions anyone has
and post updates here.
Mod Note: Caution, graphic content on this link.
Child Killed in Nuevo Laredo grenade attack
Who is stealing Laredo's young people?
[edit on 7/31/2010 by bestideayet]
[edit on 2/8/10 by argentus]