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Mexican Drug Cartels Target Schools

Updated on January 10, 2011

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.

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      Ale 

      7 years ago

      Terrible, destroying the schools means kids have no other future other than joining a gang.

      Thats how you dismantle a society.

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      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      Well it wasn't like we couldn't see it coming, when a little old housewife can predict disaster you would think someone of REAL intelligence could. I thought I was prepared for anything but I can see I am not and now with this shooting thing of the congresswoman and others killed they will want to take American's guns while the drug mafia and criminals have as many as they want. If you put all the brains in DC together you wouldn't have a thimble full, and that simply because they are all so busy ripping us off.

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      perrya 

      7 years ago

      yes, it seems the cartels are spreading their brand of mafia like terrorism. It is like a al-qaeda brand of terrorism with a Mexican spin. Many hispanics living here refuse to go to Mexico unless they fly.

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      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      OMG now I just wonder what will be done about this! It is like everyone is blinded or just don't give a dam. I will certainly be watching this, thanks for the info, we have got to let all we can know what is going on and to look to see who does what. It is going to get so bad I have no doubt, and it is scary, maybe Americans should go looking for some machine guns! And I am not kidding! Oh but no, love love love and everyone is going to heaven, everyone's god is good even ones who are devils. Sorry, it just makes me so sick for people to buy anything and everything!

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