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tideout



Joined: 05 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prof.Gringo wrote:
"Shortly after midnight on May 11 in central Mexico City, Isaac Chinedu, an immigrant from Nigeria, became involved in some kind of confrontation with a group of police officers on a dark side street. The encounter escalated, and Chinedu was severely beaten. Some minutes later, he was dead, the victim of a hit-and-run driver, authorities say."


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2011/06/nigerian-mexico-police-beating-racism-investigation-isaac-chinedu.html


Interesting link - it's easy to forget about discrimination against African-Latinos or refugees. I guess the police brutality isn't anything new (here or the US, etc...)
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Prof.Gringo



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
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Location: Dang Cong San Viet Nam Quang Vinh Muon Nam!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tideout wrote:
Prof.Gringo wrote:
"Shortly after midnight on May 11 in central Mexico City, Isaac Chinedu, an immigrant from Nigeria, became involved in some kind of confrontation with a group of police officers on a dark side street. The encounter escalated, and Chinedu was severely beaten. Some minutes later, he was dead, the victim of a hit-and-run driver, authorities say."


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2011/06/nigerian-mexico-police-beating-racism-investigation-isaac-chinedu.html


Interesting link - it's easy to forget about discrimination against African-Latinos or refugees. I guess the police brutality isn't anything new (here or the US, etc...)


Racial profiling, racism, and discrimination are all alive and well in Mexico, against both Mexicans and foreigners.

I remember a female student in her 20's that had a German father and a Mexican mother, she was born and raised in Mexico, but people would here her German last name and tell her she wasn't a "real" Mexican.

I've heard many comments (all negative) by Mexicans about Asians.

And don't forget the abuse and discrimination suffered by migrants from other countries within Mexico's borders.
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hrvoje4



Joined: 06 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:09 am    Post subject: The Great War ON Civilization Reply with quote

Generally, I haven't had a problem here the past year and a half.

I only recently had my home broken into and ransacked because I was away for a week at a time during vacation. I'm smart enough to keep nothing of value, so the ladron got away with not mucho. I don't even gots a TV!

Sure, grenades in discotheques on occasion, but then again, I don't frequent those kinds of places much. They may have burned down a bus, shot some folks and taken their car some months back...but its been relatively quiet since.

It could be a deceptive quiet though, this type of news the government tries to hush, as I know some Mexicans keep track of daily violence via certain channels.

I did hear from some folks that out in Juarez, they rig their tail lights to go out and drive by flashlight on occasion.

I was in LA recently, that ain't pretty, but its difficult to compare the two. Sure, they may not hang you from a bridge, they'll just shoot or rape you. The only time I ever stared down the barrel of a gun was in an urban American city.

The economic collapse ain't about to help things either. Self-defense and a gun, that's where its at, wherever you are.

This story freaked me out a bit: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/topstory/7607122.html

However, I'm most weary of the US Gov, the source of all problems:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18608410?source=most_viewed
http://www.infowars.com/los-zetas-kingpin-we-bought-guns-directly-from-u-s-government/
http://www.infowars.com/operation-castaway-guns-trafficked-to-honduran-criminal-gangs/

EDIT: Sorry, I saw GUADALAJARA in title and was under the impression it was focused on Mexico's second largest city. I've been in GDL the past year and a half.


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Isla Guapa



Joined: 19 Apr 2010
Posts: 1520
Location: Mexico City o sea La Gran Manzana Mexicana

PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:21 am    Post subject: Re: The Great War ON Civilization Reply with quote

hrvoje4 wrote:
Generally, I haven't had a problem here the past year and a half.

I only recently had my home broken into and ransacked because I was away for a week at a time during vacation. I'm smart enough to keep nothing of value, so the ladron got away with not mucho. I don't even gots a TV!

Sure, grenades in discotheques on occasion, but then again, I don't frequent those kinds of places much. They may have burned down a bus, shot some folks and taken their car some months back...but its been relatively quiet since.

It could be a deceptive quiet though, this type of news the government tries to hush, as I know some Mexicans keep track of daily violence via certain channels.

I did hear from some folks that out in Juarez, they rig their tail lights to go out and drive by flashlight on occasion.

I was in LA recently, that ain't pretty, but its difficult to compare the two. Sure, they may not hang you from a bridge, they'll just shoot or rape you. The only time I ever stared down the barrel of a gun was in an urban American city.



This information would be more useful if the poster had indicated where in Mexico he or she has been living for the last year and a half.
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kidefl



Joined: 22 Jun 2007
Posts: 40

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

money: i lived in Mexico 19 years. i can see from reading a few posts things have changed.

IMO there is no safe conduct for money matters. If someone wants to empty your bank account all they need is your pin. If they want your travelers checks all they need is for you to sign them. Of course you can always resist. Smile

I learned a little trick for hotel security. Unscrew the light switch plastic cover, put your cash in a little bag, tie a piece of dental floss or monofiiament fishing line to it and lower the contents down the hollow shaft most concrete construction has, tie the end to the switch's metal frame.

All my years - mostly living in the trenches - I was ONLY robbed twice, both tines from hotel rooms, but never money.

Once you stay in Mexico long enough believe it or not at some point you will start to look Mexican. When your Mexican (not college) Spanish becomes so natural you're dreaming in Spanish you've over-come 90% of the Gringo's struggle. So then all that's left is for you to join into the Mexican's struggle. No so bad. At least you'll have plenty of company.
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tideout



Joined: 05 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 8:55 am    Post subject: Latest violence in GDL Reply with quote

I was sorry to see the latest killing of people around GDL especially near Chapala. It looks like 30+ victims many were simply kidnapped.

What was most disturbing about this was it seemed like quite a few were simply picked out of nowhere - several waiters and a young female victim - fairly random appearing. I"ve read that this was the Zetas sending yet another "message".

It looks like the story is not really clear as of today - any takes on this as being different than other narco violence in GDL?
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EFLeducator



Joined: 16 Dec 2011
Posts: 595
Location: NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS

PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

40 mutilated bodies were found today. Be careful traveling in Mexico TEFLer's.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/13/world/americas/mexico-remains/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
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Samantha



Joined: 25 Oct 2003
Posts: 2038
Location: Mexican Riviera

PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I don't think "TEFLer's" are in any danger.