Monday, March 22, 2010
More Bad Stuff in Nuevo León
In addition to the deaths of two grad students at one of the nation's premier academic institutions, Monterrey has been rocked last week by the narco-bloqueos, in which gang-members working for drug traffickers placed dozens of blockades (consisting of busses and cars and such) in the city's main thoroughfares so as to impede the movement of the army and the marines. In addition to no small amount of anger, this has led to the firing of 81 state police officers and the arrest of four municipal officers in Monterrey. The city has been mostly quiet for the past couple of years, after a really nasty stretch around 2007 and 2008, but the last few days make one wonder if it will stay that way.