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Twitter Users Are Savagely Mocking This Mexican Politician Now That He’s Been Arrested

Javier Duarte, the former governor of Veracruz, Mexico, has been on the run from Mexican authorities for six months. Duarte is suspected of embezzling millions of government dollars and laundering them in phantom businesses. The Mexican politician was eventually found in a hotel with his wife in Panajachel, Guatemala, a popular resort town. As usual, Mexicans on Twitter did what they do and turned the news story into one solid joke after another after his arrest photos were released.

This was former Mexican governor Javier Duarte’s reaction to being arrested this weekend.


Duarte was able to elude authorities for six months as Interpol, Mexican authorities, and Guatemalan authorities sought him out to face accusations of embezzling and money laundering. According to Al Jazeera, the arrest of Duarte is welcomed news in Mexico, a country whose people are fed up with government corruption. Al Jazeera reports that many people in Veracruz especially see Duarte as the personification of what they are fed up with.

And Twitter started to create one glorious meme after another to poke fun at the fugitive ex-politician.


“The next novela from Televisa…Fugitive Quinceañera,” @CABRER4CK wrote.

His faces became real representations of some people’s inner struggles.


El País reports that Duarte resigned from his position as governor of Veracruz, Mexico, just days before a judge ordered his arrest. Duarte told the press that he resigned so that he could defend himself from accusations of money laundering and embezzlement but it seems like he was just preparing to run.

Some people felt his pain… but not really.


“#Guate-bad or Guate-worst? ? #JavierDuarte,” wrote @alanbolton_.

Instead, some people on Twitter are letting authorities know just what should be done with Duarte.


Duarte was first elected governor of Veracruz in 2010. According to Al Jazeera, during his time on the run, Mexican authorities were able to recoup $19.3 million from two companies that Duarte was using to embezzle money from the government. Time reports that Duarte’s infamy as the face of political corruption in Mexico was so severe that he was the example of corruption during the midterm elections last year. It was so damaging that his party, Partido Revolucionario Institucional (P.R.I.), lost the governorship of Veracruz for the first time since the state’s founding in 1929.

There are even some people who see the same defeat on his face that they saw on El Chapo’s face.


How long until #ChapofaceChallenge becomes a thing now?

There was even a pretty solid “13 Reasons Why” reference.


Duarte is not the only P.R.I.-affiliated governor who is on the run. Tomás Yarrington, the former governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico, who is facing racketeering and money laundering charges, was recently apprehended in Florence, Italy after five years on the run. Meanwhile, former Chihuahua governor César Duarte (no relation) is still on the run to avoid facing his own corruption accusations and is believed to be in El Paso, Texas. All of these politicians are part of the P.R.I. party.

Someone even created this Duarte tweet.


I-Con-Ic!

And speaking of vacations, how does ending yours feel?


“Following the #JavierDuarte scale, how do you feel after your vacation is over,” wrote @ariz_monca.

Some are even suspecting that United Airlines might be asked to help extradite Duarte back to Mexico.


Reports show that Duarte has already accepted the fact that he will be extradited to Mexico to face his accusations.


READ: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Has Been Extradited To The United States

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

Over the last few years, Mexico has been updated its currency to make it more secure from counterfeiters and to highlight the country’s diverse history. One of the country’s newest bills is a $100 peso note featuring a 17th-Century female historical figure and it’s winning major international awards for its design and history.

Mexico’s $100-peso bill has been named banknote of the year for 2020 by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). As printer and issuer of the note, the Bank of México beat 24 other nominees to the award, and the Sor Juana bill led the way from the start of the voting process.

The note features national heroine Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, with the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve on its reverse.

In its announcement the IBNS wrote: “Mexico’s award-winning entry may provide a template as other countries reconsider how they design and promote new banknotes.  The successful design in eye-pleasing red combines Hispanic architecture, a famous female Hispanic literary figure and a tribute to the world’s fragile ecosystem.”

Past bank note of the year recipients include Aruba, Canada, Uganda, the Faroe Islands, two time winner Switzerland and three time winner Kazakhstan, among others.

So who was Sor Juana and why was she important to Mexico?

Born in 1651, Sor Juana was a self-educated nun and intellectual renowned for her poetry, writing and political activism, who criticized the misogyny of colonial Mexico.

Beginning her studies at a young age, Sor Juana was fluent in Latin and also wrote in Nahuatl, and became known for her philosophy in her teens. Sor Juana educated herself in her own library, which was mostly inherited from her grandfather. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion.

Mexico was up against 24 other countries in the nomination process.

In second place was Kate Cranston who appears on the Bank of Scotland’s 20 pound note. The businesswoman appears on the obverse and she is recognized for being the owner of the famous tea rooms inaugurated in 1903 and that today are a tourist attraction.

In third place there was a triple tie between the 20 pound note of the Ulster Bank of Northern Ireland whose design features flora and buskers. The one from the Bahamas of 5 dollars with the image of the junkanoo dancer, and the one of 50 dollars from Fiji.

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

Residents of one Mexican city have taken to the streets to demand justice for a local stray dog who was brutally killed in an axe attack last month. Video of the incident was uploaded to social media and quickly went viral, leading to large protests in the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis.

Hundreds marched in Los Mochis to seek justice for a dog killed by man with an axe.

Hundreds took to the streets in Los Mochis, Sinaloa to demand justice for Rodolfo, a mixed breed dog killed with an axe on March 21. They showed banners that read “Justice for Rodolfo & for all who have no voice,” “We won’t stop until we have justice,” and “Justice for Rodolfo,” among others.

Despite the COVID-19 regulations, the participants in this new march, children, women and men, calmly marched through the center of the city of Los Mochis to make it clear that they are against animal cruelty and demanded justice for Rodolfo, who was a local stray dog. The demonstration gained traction after a video of the attack on Rodolfo, also known by Heart, Pirate and Shorty, was uploaded onto social media.

The predominantly young crowd marched to the state prosecutor’s office where environmental activist Arturo Islas Allende delivered a criminal complaint. Many brought their pets to the march and carried placards demanding the killer be sentenced to prison. One placard read: “Justice for Rodolfo and for all those that don’t have a voice.”

The suspected attacker, José “M,” a student at a Sinaloa university, has already delivered a preparatory statement to officials. Islas Allende questioned the morality of the killer. “We don’t want a psychopath like him as our neighbor,” he said.

The suspect’s girlfriend claimed that he killed the dog to protect her.

The girlfriend of the alleged attacker took to social media in his defense, saying the dog had attacked her days earlier and injured her face and hands.

On her Facebook account she claimed that medical treatments for her injuries had cost 8,000 pesos (US $400) and uploaded photographs of the injuries caused by the dog’s bites.

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