Narco-State's reign of horror: a bloody week for México

Murdered Workers from Salvador Escalante

The Mexican state of Michoacán is again in the national headlines. Not for the achievements or merits of its population, but for the morbid and tragic “red note” (nota roja), a wave of massacres plaguing the country.

Demián Revart

Mexico is the second most violent country in the world.

Michoacán, a Mexican state, is again a national headline. Not for the achievements or merits of its population, but for the morbid and tragic “red note” (nota roja), a wave of massacres plaguing the country.

Mexican people are more certain of death than “progress”.

No one is safe.

The P’ur’hépecha community of Arantepakua will never forget the massacre from only one month ago in which three comuneros and a 16-year-old student of the local COBAEM (local high school) were assassinated by the federal police in a massive and cowardly operation, to “resolve” a conflict in the tenure of communal lands.

Again, hell calls the nation.

Mexico is the third country with the highest number of journalists killed. Only Syria and Afghanistan are above them. This war is hidden.

Only three days have passed since the murder of journalists Javier Valdez and Jonathan Córdova. Valdez’s body was found lying in a quiet street in Culiacán. His hat was full of blood. Córdova was murdered on a cruise in the center of Autlán in Jalisco. Bullet shells fired from a heavy caliber gun were only a few centimeters from the corpses. Who were they? Valdez was unbreakable and was awarded the CPJ International Press Freedom Award. He also wrote various oral and local history books about the geographical massacres and displacements at the hands of the cartels in Sonora and other northern states. Córdova was a young and enthusiastic collaborator in the weekly El Costeño. He worked together with his mother, Sonia Córdova, who is now in the hospital, after being shot in the assault. Córdova had been kidnapped twice before, but he didn’t say anything because nobody would care, even if he were a football player or a TV star!

123 journalists killed in 16 years. Maybe more… I don’t know. Humanity is pure statistics.

In the afternoon of Saturday May 20th, an armed commando fired cowardly against the Wixárika comrades Miguel Vázquez Torres, who was excommunicated from Bienes Comunales (the land organization), and his brother Agustín, who are from the community of Tuxpan de Bolaños located in the Sierra Norte de Jalisco, shooting them to death.

This double murder is a product of institutional neglect and state “justice” in indigenous communities, because after the armed group gunned down Agustín with heavy weaponry, he was transferred with serious injuries to the local health center, where he would die a few moments later. The narrative does not end there. Upon being notified of the deadly attack on his brother, Miguel went to the hospital and when leaving the building, was shot to death by the same assailants who escaped in a Toyota Tacoma van.

Miguel Vázquez Torres served as Community Commissary of Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán, defending the Wixárika peasants’ process of resistance for the recovery of 2000 acres of communal lands. The Wixárika peasants were in conflict with great landowners of the municipality of La Yesca, between the limits of Jalisco And Nayarit.

Let us take this thesis: “Drug cartels are a historical extension of Capitalism and the State.”

Could someone with ethics shake hands with those who ignore a massively bloody México?

To take on responsibility for life and humanity, quoting what one of the recently murdered journalist, Javier Váldez, said in a presentation of his book: “We are only counting deaths,” it is necessary to wage war with Narco-Estado [1] and those who support it.

Who is willing to fight?

[1] Narco-Estado/Narco State: is a term used to clarify that drug cartels and all the institutions of the Mexican State are partners in a crime called capitalism. They are partners in a war against the people who live in this country.

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