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Christmas, Drug Wars and Juarez
I arrived at my hotel at 3:30pm expecting to take a minute to shower and eat, but immediately, my interpreter started rolling in with calls about murders. At least five people were gunned down in locations spread citywide.
By the time I returned to my room at 9:30pm, like clockwork, Juárez had filled its quota, right before my eyes.
As it was Christmastime, I was looking for signs to take the city’s pulse. The first noticeable thing was how sedate the mood was. More somber than quiet. There was very little in the way of public festivities or typical signs of holiday celebrations. Ubiquitous pickup trucks, filled with police and soldiers, roamed the streets with mounted machine guns. A candlelight vigil calling for peace, held in a large park in the center of town, brought only a handful of people.
“Bars.” My driver said when I asked about good places to visit. “You can take photos of the empty bars.” He said. “Everyone is scared to go into them. People who want to drink, they drink inside their homes now.”
I went to a lot of murder scenes over the course of 72 hours. All involved execution style killings.
READ MORE AND SEE MORE PHOTOS: http://blogs.current.com/news/2010/01/07/christmas-drug-wars-and-juarez/
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