Friday, July 18, 2014

There's More to the Story

I believe it's important to understand the degree of terror perpetrated by the Mexican government against its people, institutionalized violence not limited to our immediate neighbor to the south,  which could explain in part the influx of 50,000 children crossing the border into the United States.
I would suggest that when a government mobilizes an armed force of 3,500 against 300 civilians, when of 106 arrests 47 are women, 16 children, 2 human rights observers, 3 independent news people, and 5 foreigners*, when there is no due process and violence and rape are accepted forms of control and intimidation, when state-controlled media perpetrates state-sanctioned violence, then perhaps we can better understand the flood of undocumented immigrants across our southern border as well as the possible consequences of deportation.   
While the events documented in the attached YouTube video occurred in May 2006, the video wasn't released in 2012. A brief Internet search reveals continued unrest over land and water rights in San Salvador Atenco and Texcoco, Mexico.

*The 2006 report from the National Human Rights Commission in 2012 puts this numbers higher.

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