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Bloody Mess Acapulco

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).

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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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  • 1. Mx?  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    just want to clarify that most of the pictures are from various different locations and only a few are from acapulco, starting with the first collage-type one after the dead cop and ending with the decapitated’s picture at the mirador.

  • 2. FrankMcG  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Spring break! Wooooooo!

  • 3. Strahlungsamt  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Why doesn’t Mexico start Rotten or Ogrish or b0g themed vacations instead of spring break? Kids who are tired of only seeing disemboweled bodies online can now come and see the real thing.
    Hey, it’s better than pedo-tourism and nobody gets hurt (they’re already dead) in the process.

  • 4. JRock  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Nothing livens up a Spring Break like a gunbattle!

  • 5. MonkeyMouth  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Just give Nancy Reagan a megaphone, and she’ll clear everything up. Love the postcard with the decapitated fellow with the beautiful bay in the background. Irony. Don’t forget, a rat will starve itself when given the chance to have either food or cocaine. So I say, let us have legal drugs, and the fools can starve.

  • 6. mr. mike  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Pancho Montana, who is winning so far: the Zetas, the military, or one of the narco-gangs?

    If we sent the gringo college kids down there, most of them would wind up kidnapped….useless “war tourists” always need guides and security, though losing a couple hundred sophmores would make getting into college easier…

  • 7. BlottoBonVismarck  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 2:09 am



    Should we wonder what it would take for those photos to become photos of the US?
    Not much, apparently. Something evil this way comes –

    > flamboyant Dewey Clarridge

    Psychopaths are more usually described as murderous, thuggish, or plain ‘psychopathic.’ ‘Flamboyant’ is reserved for Boy George, if not the Boy Emperor – (Gore Vidal).

    Summary executions by US forces in Panama – The Panama Deception. –

    John Pilger – Torture is _so_ American — School of the Americas – Archbishop Romero – War on Democracy –

    Duane Clarridge of the CIA’s Murder-and-Torture-R’-US Operations department — very much in touch with his inner psychopath on live TV for John Pilger —

    John Pilger – Pinochet’s coup – concentration camp – torture – The Nixon / Kissinger / Pinochet Chilean coup of September 11th 1973 – 30,000 murdered, 100,000 tortured – War on Democracy –

    US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq – Project Censored –

    CIA death squads killing with “impunity” in Afghanistan, by Joe Kay – 19 May 2008 –

    You want the US military to take over in the US? Ever heard of Panama? Ever heard of Pinochet’s coup in Chile? You think it will be any different here why exactly??? They only use one technique and you won’t like it. Don’t believe? Fine. Go ahead and see if you like it then, but we are going to stay far, far away and ‘mind the women and children.’ Have fun.

    Neocon Nazis – ‘PPs – Psychopathic Personalities’ – Truly a prophet in his own country – ‘Custodians of Chaos’, by Kurt Vonnegut – 061706 – Information Clearing House –

    Psycho(pathic) Personalities – ‘Kurt Vonnegut vs !&#*!@’ – 2003 –

    It’s unfortunate that the US elite, the 1%, are so _very_ comfortable with the methods of psychopathy – ‘Psycho’ trailer’ –

  • 8. Mx?  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Dont worry, springbreakers are safe to come to party and fuck with the tranqulity of the locals as always.
    About the war: the big flashpoint right now is in Tamaulipas/Nuevo Leon because of the extermination of the zetas being carried out by the union of cartels which are suppossedly government-sanctioned so the soldiers/marines just kill whoever is left after narco-on-narco firefights.

    I couldnt tell which side is winning because do cartels ever loose or win, even if they manage to hold on to their plazas or push shipments up the border they still loose men/friends every day so they are hollow victories.

    I guess that´s why so many narcos like tachas (X) to make them feel better about themselves and the situations they are in, even if for a couple of hours

  • 9. jose  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 8:39 am

    mr.mike,i guess the guys that sell the guns and the amo are the ones wining.

  • 10. mr. mike  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Jose, that goes without saying; in all wars the arms dealers make out like bandits. Why I was asking about the “winners” was to find out if the new guys on top would be better than the previous guys because I don’t want more people killed than is absolutely necessary, and I don’t want civilians massacred by the narcos or the military. As long as the druggies in El Norte still exist, the drug misery in Mexico will continue.

  • 11. RecoverylessRecovery  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Fucking Aztec indian bastards. 5000 years later and they’re STILL either committing hideous mutilations or having sex with donkeys.

    We need to introduce another Francisco Pizarro along with a new strain of typhus for these people.

  • 12. mr. mike  |  March 24th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    “We need to introduce another Francisco Pizarro along with a new strain of typhus for these people.”

    Dimwit, that’s what the friggin’ drug trade IS; a near-molecular acid that is eating away at Mexican society at the expse of idiot gringos north of the border. Kill all the American powederheads and their dealers, and that part of the misery in Mexico ends.

  • 13. mdesus  |  March 25th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    oye chavo cuando vas a publicar algo sobre lo que paso en el tec???

  • 14. jimbo  |  March 25th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, Mr Mike are you a self hating gringo or a spic bitch who thinks the gringos are responsible for all your problems?

  • 15. Mx?  |  March 25th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    This is what happened fast and without waiting for another update: Soldiers and sicarios shoot it out in Garza Sada Avenue,bullets and grenades flying next to The TEC of MTY university grounds were the pursuit ends. Sicarios descended from their SUVs and escape through the University.

    Soldiers on pursuit set up a perimeter around the TEC and, this is were things get fuzzy: the students either ran into the soldiers in their SUV with tinted windows and soldiers instinctly emptied on the truck and its occupants killing them, or the students werent even in the truck but got confussed and shot at anyway.

    Whent the army realized the fuck up, the did what every goverment institution in Mexico (and the world, I think) does on the brink of a PR disaster: Damage Control.

    This meant confiscating the radio frequencies from every university rent-a-cop along with video footage that showed the incident apparently.

    So the army tried to cover up their mistake like they always do in this types of situations, but because this are TEC students with scholarships and not sinaloan farmers in sandalias its getting a lot more pressure from CNDH (Human Rights) and coverage from the media.

    Its sad but collateral damage is expected: Civil war is always bound to affect civilians the most. Particularly in this new modality were the control/manipulation of the minds/fear of the population is crucial.

    The Away of acting is a classical example of what not to do in these particular situations; Apart from taking the radio equip of university security and the tapes, they then reported the two dead as sicarios and told they found rifles on them, but of course a tweetereet (how do you call a tweeter user?) managed to clear this mistery up faster than the PGR can decide wether they want Burritos or bistek tacos for lunch.

    So that was that: the TECgate was solved by tweeter, the last vestige of true, real journalism?

  • 16. Mx?  |  March 25th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    in the last part is the Army way,fucking typos sorry sorry.

    What happened at the TEC was sad, but so are the countless of civilians that are dyig in the crossfire of the mexican drug war.

    What´s the difference between the students of the TEC that were killed last week to the three civilians that died during the execution attempt against the Public Safety Chief in Santa Catarina? Nothing, at the end their blood spreads on the floor just the same, sadly I repeat.

    But hey, cheer up, at least they are killing off zetas so its not all for nothing, the trigger-finger soldados just got a little stupid but you cant deny that they are helping, even if it creates more violence.

  • 17. motorfirebox  |  March 27th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the updates, Mx. Is there a twitter feed where we can try to keep up with this stuff? If you google Apaculco and filter results for the past week, you won’t find anything on the shootings before the third fucking page.

  • 18. mr. mike  |  March 27th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    No Jimbo, I’m a white Californian who can’t stand all the needle freaks and the cokeheads, most of whom are gringo Republicans. Kill `em all, I say, and their motherfucking dealers…and I’m guessing that you are one of them Jimbo.

  • 19. RecoverylessRecovery  |  March 28th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    What a curious business model these cartels seem to have; “Kill the customer”!

    Kill them not only figuratively thru the use of the hard drugs they purvey but LITERALLY as well; for simply not buying enough of it or for buying it from the wrong source. Something akin to Coca Cola lopping-off your balls for not buying a 12 pack from them every single day without fail or for purchasing Pepsi instead (not that they wouldn’t like to).

    If the U.S. federal government would only just legalize marihuana, these demented psychopathic fucksters would lose 90% of their funding. They would no longer be able to afford the weaponry & bribes that make their existance possible, forcing most of them to go back to their ORIGINAL daytime jobs; namely taking it up the ass from a burro at a Tijuana sex show.

  • 20. Jim  |  March 30th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Stop the war on drugs.

  • 21. mdesus  |  March 30th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    you’re killing me pancho. Post more often. You’re the only person I can send my gringo friends links to that isn’t the LA times, and thus holy obsessed with all things pocho.

  • 22. El Norte Gringo  |  March 31st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    >most of whom are gringo Republicans<

    Mr. Mike,

    Dude, you are a stupid ass fool! Most druggies are democraps! Look around you dooshbag, how many republicans live in the drug infested Southern Cali you fuckin dumb ass!

  • 23. mr. mike  |  March 31st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    El Norte Gringo: Motherfucker, the GOP runs most of tha’ mothafukin’ state! Schwartzenegger, Duncan D. Hunter, all of Orange County, most of San Diego county…it’s all Republican! Where do you live…Idaho? I live in the middle of this future megaquake disaster zone and all the leaders except Barbera Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are FUCKIN’ Republicans! Blue state my ass – and if they aren’t five seconds from getting nailed for wide stancing in public bathrooms, they’re snorting the coke their SWAT monkies bring in. It’s not the big guys who count in US politics, it’s all the elected apparatchiki and all of them is So-Cal are GOPsters nearly to a (white) man. And the real power in the state is in Southern California.

  • 24. Phoenix Woman  |  April 11th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    What Mr. Mike Said.

    If the northern part of the state had any power, Owens Lake would still exist and there’d a lot less airborne pollution in that part of the land:

  • 25. Danny Baseheart  |  April 12th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    I would like to state that this is centless
    man and women gaive you life and thay was called your mother and fathers. So one cuts one one down with gun and takes alife take your actions to your self and stop the killing.

  • 26. trukdrvr  |  May 3rd, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Didn’t anybody learn to spell “douchebag” when they were in school?

  • 27. Hamlet Jones  |  June 13th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Peak-Oil, brothers and sisters, Peak-Oil.

    Oil exports account for the largest chunk of Mexico’s revenue. (50%?)

    Mexico’s oil production is plummeting, thus their revenue stream is crashing.

    Drug exports are the only way the elite can maintain their income stream. As the social net continues to collapse due to lack of oil-dollars, the elites and peasants alike will turn to other means to support themselves. Wall Street will launder the proceeds, everybody is happy.

    The editors at The Exiled would go farther in their analysis if only they would inform themselves about Peak Oil. The drug war, the GOM leak, Middle East clusterfuck, etc., are all examples of the many proximate causes for the mayhem that is growing in the world today. The ultimate cause is the unrelenting geologic reality that is Peak-Oil:

  • 28. pMX?  |  June 16th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Mexicans haven been supplying ameriacan narcotic needs way before PEMEX was milked dry by politicians.

    Ttruth is that in all probabilty the war on drug cartels is Calderon´s way of distracting the population that the goose of the golden eggs aint giving like it used to.

    The Pemex reforms have been a major political issue for the past few years in mexican politics, right around the time the drug war was launched and gradually escalates every year.

  • 29. jjlehto  |  September 24th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    yea i hate those goddamn gopstaz we should fukkin execute all of them fascist yaysukkaz lurid brokeassez

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