reply to post by seeker11
Thanks, and I hope you too are doing well. It seems things are tough all over.
Although I go about my day without seeing or hearing any of the narco wars the news about it comes to me mainly because I am looking for local news
for my expats info and discussion board and bigger news articles for ATS.
This past month all hell has been breaking loose throughout the state of Michoacán yet when the narcos staged a blockade last Thursday at all the
highways going in or out of this state capital city of Morelia I live in I was not aware of any of it even though I was out and about town running
errands that day. A municipal bus, several cars, and a truck or two were torched and burned at those highway exits/entrances and similar occurrences
elsewhere in the state simultaneously. I knew nothing of this until I got back home and someone e-mailed me about it.
It is real, it is happening, but unless you are unfortunate enough to be right there at the right (or wrong) time little is effected. We hosted World
Cup games (FIFA U-17 games) here in Morelia with the opening ceremonies for all of Mexico here without incident, concerts and fiestas in the parks and
plazas without incident, yet the Drug War incidents happen almost unnoticed by most of the residents, cleaned-up and sanitized within an hour or so.
What I do see are police checkpoints, with perhaps good reason to have them, but those of us expats with US license plates are getting stopped and
hassled for some obscure violation - not having some document or just having a copy instead of the original, a good target for "mordida" on threats of
impounding our vehicles. I doubt that is helping the Drug War effort but that is the excuse for the intrusion.
A few years ago it was not like this, nor the violent incidents that occur but mostly involve the narcos and police. A body count of almost 40,000 is
being reported, and that is all within the past 4 years or so. But I am ambivalent, it is not like living in a war zone and the police intrusions
usually don't cost but less than $10. I would much rather be here than back living in California for a multitude of reasons and hoping things will
return to normal once again. The Drug War is very unpopular with the people here and is sure to effect the upcoming elections.
The Drug War has been a tool to erode rights and privacies. I saw it happening while living in the US but it is fairly new here, and there is still
more expectations of privacy here than across the border. I believe it will find its ending here, but if not then it will become a problem the rest of
the world will have to deal with. The Drug War has many agendas but its publicly-stated purpose of stopping drug traffic is apparently not one of
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