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Shocking Images Show A Woman And Two Men With Their Hands Viciously Cut Off By A Mexican Cartel

Violence associated with drug trafficking organizations is nothing new. Since the fall of the Colombian Cali and Medellín cartels in the 1990s, communities in Mexico have seen a massive increase in drug violence as cartels continue to fight for control of trafficking routes. Gruesome headlines highlighting these cartels and their shocking and cruel acts aren’t uncommon.

The latest story stemming from these cartels comes out of the Mexican town Silao and is almost too shocking to believe.

A woman and two men made news over the weekend after they were found with hands cut off after an encounter with a feared drug cartel.

The three victims (a woman aged 22 and two men aged 23 and 25) were found near a highway in Silao around 7.40 pm last Friday. Silao is a town 20 miles south of Leon. According to DailyMail, locals disturbed by the scene said that the group had been dumped from a vehicle along with a bag that contained their severed limbs. A note had also been left behind. It was signed by the much-feared Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and read “This happened to me because I am a thief who does not respect good, hard-working people. Whoever continues to steal, this will happen to them.”

The note was signed with the initials CJNG, or Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, a cartel considered to be Mexico’s most-dangerous cartel. Pictures taken of the victims show them blindfolded, with their arms and legs bound.

The victims’ wrists were tied using ligatures to prevent them all from bleeding to death.

After coming across the victims, locals called paramedics who then took them to a hospital.

According to El Universal, “Medics also took the severed hands in a bag of ice, in the hopes of being able to reattach the limbs since the wounds were fresh.”

The victims reported to medics that they had been kidnapped from the local area in a vehicle that none of them recognized. They said that after the kidnapping they were beaten and then had their limbs severed. According to DailyMail, “one man gave his name as Ricardo while the woman gave her name as Dulce, saying they came from the local area.” The other male victim was unable to give his name.

Police who arrived at the scene opened an investigation but have yet to identify any suspects.

Jalisco Nueva Generación splintered from the Milenio Cartel and created their own territory that runs across Mexico. According to DailyMail, “The cartel gained notoriety after being hired by El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel as foot soldiers in their war against the Los Zetas cartel.” They’re a group known for their ultra-violent tactics. Some claims have said that members of the CJNG have been rumored to have cannibalized victims in the past as a rite of initiation.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America


Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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