Mexican Drug Cartels Target Schools
Mexico's drug warfare between cartels and the innocent continue on with a nasty trend- now, the cartels are burning schools if the teachers fail to pay the Cartel's extortion fees. The Cartels are not just fighting among themselves for territory to run their drugs, ordinary Mexicans are subject to large extortion fees for their protection. Businesses have long been the target for the blackmail and many in Ciudad Jarez and closed and left the border city leaving the cartels, basically, in charge for the most part.
Now the Cartels are targeting schools and teachers for the same fees. If they fail to pay, the school it set on fire. At least twice a day, sirens in the city warn citizens that another school as been set on fire because officials have refused to pay the cartel extortion fees. They have left their messages on walls warning the children and teachers of what will occur if school officials do not pay the fees.
Just this week, in Acapulco, police found 27 dead, of which 12 were beheaded because fees were not paid, because of cartel wars.
Many schools in Juarez have closed. Kids have nowhere to go, so many families are leaving the city to the criminals, or, the schools have become so well protected like a bunker. Teachers make only $650 a month and the cartels demand 50,000 pesos a month or else. the city has lost 50,000 jobs since the war has started in 2008. Professionals also are targeted-20 doctors have been kidnapped and two were killed.
Soon, Ciudad Juarez, will be cartel owned unless the military steps in.