Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blogger murdered and beheaded in Nuevo Laredo

MEXICO CITY - Gangsters killed and apparently beheaded an Internet blogger Wednesday in Nuevo Laredo, the fourth slaying involving people writing on social media sites since early September.

"This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn't report on the social networks," said a placard left with the man's body at a busy intersection in Nuevo Laredo's wealthier section, according to press reports. Local police investigators would not provide details of the crime over the telephone.

The victim, 35 years old and identified on social networking sites only by the nickname, "Belly Scratcher," reportedly posted news of shootouts and other activities of the Zetas, the narcotics and extortion gang that all but controls the city.

The beheaded body of another blogger, 39-year-old Maria Elizabeth Macias, who contributed to the same blogs as the latest victim, was found in the same location Sept. 25. And a young man and woman were hung from a highway overpass earlier in September, a sign later left with their body saying they were killed for their social media activity.

With mainstream newspapers and broadcasters largely terrorized mute by the criminal gangs - whose violence has killed upwards of 50,000 people across Mexico in five years - social media networks have become a primary source of information about the violence in many towns and smaller Mexican cities.


dudley.althaus@chron.com

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