Mexican Cartels Increase Video Use To Intimidate Citizens

August 5, 2010

Mexico (ChattahBox) – Cartels have long since used videos of their brutality to get their message across, and it has been as much a part of their tactics as kidnapping family members, or leaving severed heads in grocery store parking lots. But a new, more aggressive push for media domination has shown a distinct evolution in the power of the average cartel that shows the losing battle against drug culture in Mexico.

It is a depressing thing, watching the drug cartels in the corrupt state of Mexico pushing forward for ever-more power in the daily lives of the citizens caught in the crossfire. They have become more a network of organizations than street gangs, with hierarchies that reach into the police force, government, and every office of influence in the country.

This adds to the overall corruption in the core powerhouse of the government and society, and the problem is spreading. The media is now being pressured to show more of the violent tapes that were before usually posted online, and it is easy to come across the horrible scenes even on YouTube.

President Felipe Calderon has vowed to end the violence and fight the prevalence of drugs, but according to Reuters, 28,000 people have been murdered in connection to that battle since his inauguration in 2006.

While he tries to fight the violence in a country that has spiraled out of control, videos are being released more and more, on public news channels, website like YouTube, and anonymous blogs that can’t be traced. In each video, the people who have been captured are forced to swear an allegiance to a cartel, public official, or drug lord, then murdered.

These snuff films are impossible to trace, hard to prove, and because a formal complaint is never filed by families of missing victims out of fear, cannot be prosecuted.

“The message is always the same: be afraid,” said Maria Guadalupe Licea of the Baja California government prosecutor’s office said.

With more and more media outlets being hijacked by cartels, it is hard to imagine a future that doesn’t involve a complete takeover of the violent drug lords of Mexico.


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