#1
so yeah, a casino got bombed and burned down in mexico. people died. this is what the illegal drug market does.


MONTERREY, Mexico — Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with gasoline and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing 40 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said.

The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, a city that has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks on an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.

"This is a night of sadness for Mexico," federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said in a televised address. "These unspeakable acts of terror will not go unpunished."

Calderon tweeted that the attack was "an abhorrent act of terror and barbarism" that requires "all of us to persevere in the fight against these unscrupulous criminal bands."

Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Leon Adrian de la Garza said authorities had located about 40 bodies "but we could find more." He said a drug cartel was apparently responsible for the attack. Cartels often extort casinos and other businesses, threatening to attack them or burn them to the ground if they refuse to pay.

State police officials quoted survivors as saying armed men burst into the casino, apparently to rob it, and began dousing the premises with fuel from tanks they brought with them. The officials were not authorized to be quoted by name for security reasons. De la Garza said the liquid appeared to be gasoline.

With shouts and profanities, the attackers told the customers and employees to get out. But many terrified customers and employees fled further inside the building, where they died trapped amid the flames and thick smoke that soon billowed out of the building.

Video footage showed workers continuing to remove bodies well into the night.

Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal said many of the bodies were found inside the casino's bathrooms, where employees and customers had locked themselves to escape the gunmen.


In an act of desperation, authorities commandeered backhoes from a nearby construction site to break into the casino's walls to try to reach the people trapped inside.

Maria Tomas Navarro, 42, stood weeping at the edge of the police tape stretched in front of the smoke-stained casino building. She was hoping for word of her brother, 25-year-old Genaro Navarro Vega, who had worked in the casino's bingo area.

Navarro said she tried calling her brother's cellphone. "But he doesn't answer. I don't know what is happening," she said. "There is nobody to ask."

Larrazabal said the casino, in a well-off part of Monterrey, had been closed by authorities in May for building an expansion without a permit, but a judge later granted the owner an injunction to continue operating.

Initial reports said 11 people had been killed, but the death toll climbed as emergency personnel and firefighters searched the casino building. Medics treated survivors for smoke inhalation.

State police officials initially said witnesses reported hearing three explosions before the fire started, but later said a flammable material was used. The officials were not authorized to be quoted by name for security reasons.

The reports of explosions may have been the sound of the ignition of the liquid.

It was the second time in three months that the Casino Royale was targeted. Gunmen struck it and three other casinos on May 25, when the gunmen sprayed the Casino Royale with bullets, but no was reported injured in that attack.

Last month, gunmen killed 20 people at a bar in Monterrey. The attackers sprayed the bar with rounds from assault rifles, and police later found bags of drugs at the bar.

Monterrey has seen bloody turf battles between the Zetas and Gulf cartels in recent months. Once Mexico's symbol of development and prosperity, the city is seeing this year's drug-related murders on a pace to double last year's and triple those of the year before.



use this: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/08/201182603125823909.html


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/casino-royale-attack-leav_n_937413.html
#2
That's unfortunate :/

I've really never understood why the US doesn't focus more on ensuring safety on the US/Mexico border, or even just in Mexico. It seems more fixable than the shit going on in the Middle East.
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#3
I was going to post a horrible pun, but since it's a mod, there's no way.

It's a tragedy, for sure. Sad it won't get the publicity a attack on the UK or U.S would.
#4
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That's unfortunate :/

I've really never understood why the US doesn't focus more on ensuring safety on the US/Mexico border, or even just in Mexico. It seems more fixable than the shit going on in the Middle East.


Because apparently tightening border security is xenophobia, no matter how dangerous the cartels prove to be.
#5
Oh man, that's horrible. It's almost enough for me to want taco and just rage.


It's almost entirely prohibition's fault though.
#6
Damn that's sad.

That's one of the reasons I don't go to Mexico anymore. I mean I've only been to Monterrey like twice my whole life but still. The last time I went to Reynosa (border town) I was really nervous and I was only there for maybe an hour and a half or two.
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#7
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Because apparently tightening border security is xenophobia, no matter how dangerous the cartels prove to be.


Of course. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER 'MURICAS

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#8
I live in Mexico and its a shame, things like this happen everyday, mostly on the North, I think it has to do with american drug dealers and gun dealers and all that stuff, which is a shame.

Hell, the "Chapo" Guzman, biggest drug dealer in the world, sometimes appears in places and fights groups that threaten the people in town, he is the biggest drug dealers, but he doesn't mess with dudes that dont deserve it.

I could go all day on this and relationships with the US and how things are going on here, but im about to go to bed. Still it's a shame, hope people see this is real serious and help.

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#9
That's terrible, but I can't say I'm surprised. It's pretty bad down there. At first it was mostly with the criminals, and more and more the innocent civilians are dealing with the crime there.
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Because apparently tightening border security is xenophobia, no matter how dangerous the cartels prove to be.



what would tightening border security do? when was the last time you heard of something like this happening in the U.S.? this shit stays mostly in mexico, whereas most of the drugs go to your country. making it harder to get drugs across the border would only make the prices go up, leaving more profit for the drug cartels, and thus tensing up the whole situation even more.


IF we want this stuff to stop, BOTH governments should be working together. however, there are far too many people involved: politicians, border security, entrepreneurs, senators, consumers, your local dealers, coyotes, mobs, druglords, the military, the police, the CIA, etc. it would be extremely difficult to solve this problem.


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Hell, the "Chapo" Guzman, biggest drug dealer in the world, sometimes appears in places and fights groups that threaten the people in town, he is the biggest drug dealers, but he doesn't mess with dudes that dont deserve it.


funfact #1: i was born in the Chapo's hometown.

and yeah, there are drug cartels who are actually 'on a mission' to clean up certain places from kidnappings and robbings and other similar crimes. shit's weird sometimes.


funfact #2: Mexico has the richest man in the world (Carlos Slim), the most 'beautiful' woman in the world (Ximena Navarrete), and the most wanted druglord in the world (El Chapo Guzman).
#12
Is it me or have the form of 'miscellaneous terrorism' went up since the demise of Osama?

But its sad to hear these as always. Not too far from the US either.
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#13
That's horrific. Was the casino betting the cartel wouldn't return? Why would they gamble their customer's lives like that? I hope they find more survivors and no more bodies and that the Mexican government will take action to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
#14
This is awful. My condolences and wishes go to all of the families affected. I sincerely hope they are able to summon the courage to deal with this.

As a sidenote - the NWU is currently on strike concerning The Huffington Post. To visit the site is to cross an electronic picket line - it's really disrespectful to the writers striking, and encourages Huffington to get filthy rich off of free labor. If you don't mind, could you use this link in the OP? http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/08/201182603125823909.html
#15
that sucks

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#16
Tell the NRA to go **** itself and enforce strict gun control so the cartels can't arm themselves with American weapons willy nilly, and legalize drugs so their price isn't kept so artificially high, taking a bite out of the cartels' profit motive. Problem solved.

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what would tightening border security do? when was the last time you heard of something like this happening in the U.S.? this shit stays mostly in mexico, whereas most of the drugs go to your country. making it harder to get drugs across the border would only make the prices go up, leaving more profit for the drug cartels, and thus tensing up the whole situation even more.

This is true. Juarez is supposed to be the murder capital of the world or something, but El Paso just across the river is perfectly chill. Unless your aim is to stop every day immigrants who have nothing to do with the drug trade from entering the country, "tightening the borders" doesn't accomplish anything. It's just political red meat.
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IF we want this stuff to stop, BOTH governments should be working together. however, there are far too many people involved: politicians, border security, entrepreneurs, senators, consumers, your local dealers, coyotes, mobs, druglords, the military, the police, the CIA, etc. it would be extremely difficult to solve this problem.

The US putting more money/effort into dealing with problems further afield and neglecting those closer to home disenchanted me long ago. We've been next to Mexico for quite some time. You'd think shit would be handled.
#19
Ridiculous. Hopefully someone more powerful than them would like to see their heads on spikes. I know I'd like to.

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As a sidenote - the NWU is currently on strike concerning The Huffington Post. To visit the site is to cross an electronic picket line - it's really disrespectful to the writers striking, and encourages Huffington to get filthy rich off of free labor. If you don't mind, could you use this link in the OP? http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/08/201182603125823909.html


i've no idea what the NWU is or what electronic picket line you're talking about, but i'll use your link anyway. i only used the huffington post because it was the only link in english i found on google's first page.


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homegrown? what about x? lsd? coke? heroin? meth?
#21
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i've no idea what the NWU is or what electronic picket line you're talking about, but i'll use your link anyway. i only used the huffington post because it was the only link in english i found on google's first page.

I know it's probably the least of your worries now, but in case you're interested: http://cognitivedissonance.tumblr.com/virtualpicketline

Thanks though.
#22
That's terrible.
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i've no idea what the NWU is or what electronic picket line you're talking about, but i'll use your link anyway. i only used the huffington post because it was the only link in english i found on google's first page.


homegrown? what about x? lsd? coke? heroin? meth?


ecstasy and lsd never come from mexico, the other three do though. Those things also come from elsewhere to the US, a lot of meth made inside the US.
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This ****ing world....


When you think about it though, it's pretty much been like this as far back as history is recorded.


At least we're consistant.
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ecstasy and lsd never come from mexico, the other three do though. Those things also come from elsewhere to the US, a lot of meth made inside the US.


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and i don't know, LSD is pretty cheap and easily available down here.

why does it matter so much where it is produced though? people are still getting ****ed over because of it.
#27
My bad, I meant to touch more on the subject. I think it's awful what happens because of the cartels, but there's a market for drugs and I'm not sure even making them legal and attempting to regulate them will help. We need to fight the cartels :/.

Also I didn't know lsd was easily available down there, it's a personal annoyance that it and other psychedelics are grouped into the same category. Or is it sold by the cartels down there?
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#28
****, I'm so angry and sad right now. I'm pretty sure they know who did the attack but they are not willing to take the risk and capture them, in a week or two I'm sure they will catch some random guy beaten to death and pretend he was the responsible. I miss my city I wish it was like in the old days, now I can't go get my burger when I get the munchies from smoking the weed I buy from these guys. Joke I'm not a hypocrite.
#29
53 future U.S. problems averted.


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53 future U.S. problems averted.


...kidding kidding.


Wtf man, you got some kind of problem? People are dying and you're going to sit here and make jokes? Do you think the people that were in the casino fire would laugh at that? That's just sick, and joking or not, it's not funny.


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