If you’ve been following the news recently, Mexico sounds like a terrifying place to be. The media is alight with reports of the brutal slayings of 2 young adults as a warning for those who use social media as a means to denounce drug cartel violence that has enveloped the nation.
What sounds like the scene of a horror film, the victims were dangling from a bridge in the border city of Nuevo Laredo on Tuesday. Both bodies were badly mutilated and accompanied by a sign that read:
“This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet,” one sign said. “You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.”
The lethal warning signed “Z” is a possible reference for the Zetas cartel, which operates in the area, according to CNN. In Mexico, ruthless drug gangs are notorious hanging victims from bridges and highway overpasses.
This message was made loud and clear to social media users who expose the atrocities committed by Mexico’s network of brutal drug lords. These anonymous citizens fill the gap made by the intentional silence of Mexico’s traditional media.
CNN reports that although they remain anonymous, bloggers who report about trafficking have been threatened in the past. Officials say this could be the first time users of such social networks have been targeted.
It’s unclear what sites, if any, the victims were affiliated with – largely because the viciously murdered pair remain unidentified. However the callous placards mounted over their mutilated corpses listed two blogs outspoken sources, Blog del Narco & Al Rojo Vivo.
Blog del Narco told CNN that its site is not dedicated to denouncing crime, as are other sites. “In addition, we are not in favor or against any criminal group, we only inform as things happen.”
An anonymous poster on Al Rojo Vivo forum spoke out regarding the hideous killings: “Don’t be afraid to denounce. It’s very difficult for them to find out who denounced. They only want to scare society.”
Another tweet declared: “Enough! If we shut up today, we will have lost the ground that we have gained. This is the time to show what we are made of.”