Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users

Google and Facebook remind you that no one has any legitimate reason to hide their real name online.

Social media users who denounce drug cartel activities along the Mexican border received a brutal warning this week: two mangled bodies hanging like cuts of meat from a pedestrian bridge.

A woman was hogtied and disemboweled, her intestines protruding from three deep cuts on her abdomen. Attackers left her topless, dangling by her feet and hands from a bridge in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. A bloodied man next to her was hanging by his hands, his right shoulder severed so deeply the bone was visible.

Signs left near the bodies declared the pair, both apparently in their early 20s, were killed for posting denouncements of drug cartel activities on a social network.

"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."

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9 Responses:

  1. TJIC says:

    In the US our violent gangs merely arrest you for posting things to the internet that mock them.

    http://reason.com/blog/2010/05/29/maryland-cops-say-its-illegal

    • It's ridiculous that the police will arrest someone for videotaping them, but did you really just make the comparison between false arrests for videotaping and being disemboweled and hung like a piece of meat from a pedestrian bridge? I'm not sure you're quite grasping the magnitude of this situation

      • TJIC says:

        > did you really just make the comparison between false arrests for videotaping and being disemboweled

        Absolutely.

        It's a difference in magnitude, not in kind.

        Cops are more than happy to arrest someone on false charges, force him to defend himself for $10k or $50k, "bend" the truth (i.e. lie) and jail him for 6 months or two years. This is their modus operandi.

        I value 6 months of my life.

        ...not quite as highly as I value the (presumed) 40 remaining years, but on a continuum.

        Thugs who would jail someone for 6 months over a failure to respect their authority are not nearly as bad as thugs who would steal 480 months of your life...they're only about 1.5% as bad.

  2. LionsPhil says:

    This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet

    Well, I guess the Cracked writers are doomed.