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Title Foreign Correspondent: Mexico - Gangster's Paradise
Published Australia : ABC, 2011
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Summary It was once a jet-set jewel. A hip, snazzy playground for entertainment A-listers chasing a tan, socialites looking to be seen and suave politicians and rich business types looking to mingle. Acapulco Mexico was fun-filled, sun-filled and star struck. Now it's blood soaked as Mexico's drug wars shift into new ground. But a growing number of Mexicans are saying Hasta La Madre - 'we've had enough!' Mexico is a at war and the toll is staggering. As many as 40,000 have died as ruthless drug cartels fight for turf and trade, the government aggressively and uncompromisingly targets the traffickers and innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire.Wedged between the drugs hot spots of central and South America and the enormous marketplace in the United States, Mexico is the conduit for a trade estimated at an incredible $40 billion. It's no wonder its traffickers are at each others throats for a bigger slice of the action.Sociopaths like El Chapo or Shorty. When Osama Bin Laden was shot and killed, Joaquin Guzman immediately took his place as the world's most wanted fiend. A billionaire, his cartel is muscling up on a number of new fronts, including the region of Guerrero which envelopes Acapulco.Guzman is accused of ordering the killing of a rival a few years ago that started the drugs war spiral but Mexico's President Filipe Calderon is also under fire for instructing his troops to take on the drug cartels."I think he is responsible for the policies that led to the deaths of many of the 40,000 who died. There are easily 10,000 to 15,000 of those 40,000 who were either innocent bystanders or victims of abuses by the army." - Jorge Castaneda, Former Foreign MinisterNorth America correspondent Michael Brissenden charts Mexico's ugly, gruesome descent that's made many parts of the country among the most dangerous on the planet.But he's also sensed a potent groundswell of discontent among many Mexicans who've embraced the declaration Hasta La Madre. They're saying enough is enough and are rallying around figures like poet Javier Sicilia who lost his student son in the maelstrom of drug trade violence. 24 year old Juan Francisco Sicilia was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was kidnapped along with 6 others, tortured and murdered."This stupid and badly planned war that is being fought amidst the corruption of our institutions, it's become a war against our people where we have become victims of fear." Javier Sicilia, Poet and father of drugs war victim
Event Broadcast 2011-06-07 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Cartels -- Government policy.
Drug abuse -- Health aspects.
Drug abuse -- Mortality.
Drug control -- Government policy.
Mexico.
Form Streaming video
Author Alba, Francisco, contributor
Brissenden, Michael, reporter
Castaneda, Jorge, contributor
Morlet, Javier, contributor
Sicilia, Javier, contributor