How about this eXtra Hot Spring Break update: In Acapulco, the shit just got burning hot again last week, with more than 30 people killed in less than 12 hours. I’ll do a proper update a little later. In the meantime, you can read a lame BBC write-up of this gorefest and then feast your gringo eyes on a bloody photo essay (capturing recent drug war news from all over Mexico).
Five of the dead were police officers whose patrol was machine gunned. Eight other bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in different areas around the city – four had been beheaded.
Acapulco is one of Mexico’s biggest tourist resorts, but in recent years it has been the scene of bloody turf wars between rival drug cartels.
The Pacific states of Guerrero and neighbouring Michoacan are largely under the control of the powerful “La Familia” cartel.
President Felipe Calderon has deployed thousands of troops and police across Mexico in an attempt to combat drug-related violence, which has left more than 15,000 people dead in the past three years.
The latest bloodshed could not have come at a worse time: it is a holiday weekend in Mexico and the start of the spring break, which brings a surge of American visitors.
At least two of the decapitated victims were dumped close to the centre of Acapulco, on a highway popular with tourists for its scenic views.
The BBC’s Julian Miglierini, in Mexico City, says the country’s drugs war has cast a long shadow on the world-famous sunny beaches of the city known as Mexico’s Pacific Jewel.
Although many Mexicans and foreigners continue to choose Acapulco as a holiday destination, Saturday’s events seem to confirm that its reputation as an idyllic destination is long gone, he adds.
Pancho Montana is an eXiled Special Mexican War on Drugs Correspondent.
As a native of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, located in northern Mexico, Mr. Montana lives in Gulf Cartel territory. That means the streets belong to the Zetas, a paramilitary organization trained by the Yankees and hired by the Gulf Cartel to keep things civilized and business booming.
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