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A Woman In Mexico City Attacked Someone’s Car With A Metal Pole So Now She Is Lady Piñata And That’s Fair

There’s not much joy that we get on social media these days. It’s all devastating news from every direction. We do, however, enjoy when social media comes to bat for those who have been wronged in some way. “Twitter do your thing,” is the best way, if not the only way, to get people’s attention and call out terrible people doing horrific things. This simple call out on social media allows the world to see cruelty at its worst and hopefully make them responsible for their vile actions. That’s what’s happening in Mexico City following some horrible road rage.

A video on social media went viral in Mexico showing a woman assaulting another woman in a car with a stick. 

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The assaulter got out of her car and hit the victim’s windshield, her car door, and anywhere else she could reach with her stick. It clearly looked like some kind of road rage incident, but the victim who recorded the entire thing took to social media to express what happened. 

The victim is Viviana Garcia, and she expressed on Instagram that she got into a minor accident with the car in front of her, which is when the woman came out and began hitting her. The accident took place in Tlalpan Centro, in Mexico City and at first, she said, that everything seemed to be under control because police were already at the scene of the accident. 

Both parties were in the process of exchanging insurance information. In Mexico, representatives from the insurance company come to the scene of the accident and take documents of what happened themselves. 

Garcia said that her insurance representative was taking a long time to arrive. When they finally do, they informed her that they do not cover that damage. They told her she had to withdrawal $6000 (in pesos). She said once the officers left, and after her driver arrived for support since she’s a minor, a woman in the car began to record her and told her: “you’re going to remember me.” 

A video from the perspective of the assaulter’s family has also been released, and now we’re getting a clearer picture of why they were upset with her.

While they are recording Garcia, you can see the young women is scrolling on her phone on Instagram while she waits for the insurance respective. She was clearly behaving immaturely, but that is no reason to beat anyone up. Violence should be avoided at all costs. 

Garcia said their video proves they were threatening her from the very beginning. Garcia insists that the video shows she was not at fault and was simply waiting for the next step of resolving the accident. They claim, according to Garcia, that they accused her of being on the phone when the accident took place. 

The woman in the car comes out and points a gun at her driver, and that’s when the other woman came out to hit her with a metal stick.

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Garcia said that glass from the windshield hit her face and that she was also hit on her cheekbone. She ended her post by saying, “Please help me spread this, it is not possible that these kinds of things are happening in our environment, help me find them.” 

Social media did more than just investigate who this woman was. They tagged her Lady Piñata

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The entire video exposes that the assaulter was in the passenger seat in the back and was riding with her sister and parents. 

“Whose fault is it?” a person on Twitter asked. “The daughter who is a crazy and hysterical or the parents who look happily at their crazy and hysterical ‘doll'”?

People were able to find out who the woman was and it’s reportedly 35-year-old Erika Vanessa López García. The car she was in is registered under her parents Heriberto Lopez Buendia and María Elena Garcia Rico.

The incident is under investigation, but we have a feeling this sordid mess is far from over. Until then we’ll always have Lady Piñata. 

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Garcia thanked all of her followers for their help in locating her assaulter. And just think, what could have been solved with 6000 pesos (around $300) is now going to cause this deranged family a whole lot of money. Whatever they end up paying Garcia, their shame on social media will live on forever.

Watch the full video of the attack below!

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Hola, esto sucedió el día de hoy. Tuve un accidente automovilístico de un choque muy pequeño con una camioneta azul placas MYD-94-00 todo parecía estar bajo control ya que una patrulla estuvo al tanto de el accidente… llega el momento de los seguros de los autos. Los de la camioneta hablan a su seguro y solo están en espera a que el mío llegue…pasa el tiempo y el mío tarda en llegar, al fin llega y por cuestiones de tiempo mi seguro no cubre el daño y este se retira…siguiente a que tenemos que pagar 6000 en efectivo para poder retirarnos. Los oficiales se retiran y mi seguro igual. Solo quedamos mi chofer ( que llegó a los 20 min de mi accidente para brindarme apoyo ya que soy menor de edad), los de la camioneta (un señor de edad adulta, una señora de edad adulta y una joven de al rededor unos 20 años), el seguro de la camioneta de los señores y yo. La chica comienza a grabarme y a decirme que de ella me iba a acordar con junto a la señora de edad mayor agrediéndome a insultos…regresan a la camioneta y la señora de edad adulta apunta con la pistola a mi chofer advirtiéndole que no haga ningún movimiento y la otra chica baja con un bate metálico a golpear mi vehículo, al momento al que yo volteo a ver lo que la chica estaba haciéndole a mi vehículo los cristales entran a mis ojos y se clavan en mi pecho y cara, también recibí un golpe en el pómulo con en bate y ellos huyen conjunto al señor que atendía al seguro de su camioneta. Por favor ayúdenme a difundir esto, no es posible que este tipo de cosas estén sucediendo en nuestro entorno, ayúdenme a encontrarlos. Gracias a dios estoy siendo atendida por doctores y no pasó a mayores…hoy fuí yo y mañana puedes ser tu.

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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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Latinos make up the largest minority group in the country, yet our history is so frequently left out of classrooms. From Chicano communities in Texas and California to Latinos in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the Underground Railroad – which also had a route into Mexico – Latinos have helped shape and advance this country.

And as the U.S. is undergoing a racial reckoning around policing and systemic racism, Mexico’s route of the Underground Railroad is getting renewed attention – particularly because Mexico (for the very first time in history) has counted its Afro-Mexican population as its own category in this year’s census.

The Underground Railroad also ran south into Mexico and it’s getting renewed attention.

Most of us are familiar with stories of the Underground Railroad. It was a network of clandestine routes and safe houses established in the U.S. during the early to mid-19th century. It was used by enslaved African Americans to escape into free states and Canada. It grew steadily until the Civil War began, and by one estimate it was used by more than 100,000 enslaved people to escape bondage.

In a story reported on by the Associated Press, there is renewed interest in another route on the Underground Railroad, one that went south into Mexico. Bacha-Garza, a historian, dug into oral family histories and heard an unexpected story: ranches served as a stop on the Underground Railroad to Mexico. Across Texas and parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas, scholars and preservation advocates are working to piece together the story of a largely forgotten part of American history: a network that helped thousands of Black slaves escape to Mexico.

According to Maria Hammack, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin studying the passage of escapees who crossed the borderlands for sanctuary in Mexico, about 5,000 to 10,000 people broke free from bondage into the southern country. Currently, no reliable figures currently exist detailing how many left to Mexico, unlike the more prominent transit into Canada’s safe haven.

Mexico abolished slavery a generation before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Thirty-four years before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, in 1829, Mexican President Vicente Guerrero, who was of mixed background, including African heritage, abolished slavery in the country. The measure freed an estimated 200,000 enslaved Africans Spain forcefully brought over into what was then called New Spain and would later open a pathway for Blacks seeking freedom in the Southern U.S.

And he did so while Texas was still part of the country, in part prompting white, slave-holding immigrants to fight for independence in the Texas Revolution. Once they formed the Republic of Texas in 1836, they made slavery legal again, and it continued to be legal when Texas joined the U.S. as a state in 1845.

With the north’s popular underground railroad out of reach for many on the southern margins, Mexico was a more plausible route to freedom for these men and women.

Just like with the northern route, helping people along the route was dangerous and could land you in serious trouble.

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Much like on the railway’s northern route into Canada, anyone caught helping African-Americans fleeing slavery faced serious and severe consequences.

Slaveholders were aware that people were escaping south, and attempted to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty that would, like the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that demanded free states to return escapees, require Mexico to deliver those who had left. Mexico, however, refused to sign, contending that all enslaved people were free once they reached Mexican soil. Despite this, Hammock said that some Texans hired what was called “slave catchers” or “slave hunters” to illegally cross into the country, where they had no jurisdiction, to kidnap escapees.

“The organization that we know today as the Texas Rangers was born out of an organization of men that were slave hunters,” Hammack, who is currently researching how often these actions took place, told the AP. “They were bounty hunters trying to retrieve enslaved property that crossed the Rio Grande for slave owners and would get paid according to how far into Mexico the slaves were found.”

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Covid-19 has ended a lot of stuff for a lot of people. The most obvious change has been to international travel, especially for Americans. As the virus has spread widely across the U.S. countries have put a halt to allowing American tourist within their border, but not Mexico.

Covid-19 has severly depreciated the American passport.

Once capable of unlocking so many countries, the U.S. passport is no longer helping Americans travel abroad. Instead, the American passport has now become a hindrance for global travelers. Most countries have placed restrictions on American tourists making the U.S. passport one of the weakest.

The countries banning the U.S. are doing so because of the state of the virus in the country.

There have been more than 7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 200,000 deaths from the virus. The U.S. remains the worst hit country and the global epicenter of the deadly virus. Many blame the lack of a national strategy to properly close down, test citizens, and contact trace those who have been exposed as the reason the virus has been so devastating in the U.S.

The various travel bans have kept families apart.

Other nations went into mush stricter lockdowns that the U.S. and got a handle of the virus. European countries have gotten the virus under control after months and the U.S. continues to see a large number of new cases daily.

One of the countries allowing Americans to visit is Mexico.

Mexico is heavily reliant on the money made from the tourism industry. According to official statistics, the tourism industry is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Major tourist destinations like Cabo and Cancún saw dramatic dips in tourism leading to national and local figures to sound the alarm. According to The Washington Post, the questions was posed about when to allow the tourists from the U.S. back, not should they.

Los Cabos is one of the hardest-hit tourist destinations.

The tourist destination saw a severe decline in tourists during one of the busiest times of the year. According to The Washington Post, the resort city has lost 80 percent of its revenue because of Covid-19. The virus has brought financial devastation to people across the world and the cities they live in aren’t immune to failing themselves.

“It’s life or death for us,” Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board, told The Washington Post. “There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”

Yet, Los Cabos should be a warning sign to the rest of Mexico.

Cases in Baja California, the state where Los Cabos is located, saw new Covid case numbers triple from 50 a day to 150. The increase in infections is to be expected as the state rolled out the welcome mat for Americans coming to visit the resort town.

“There are some residents who say, ‘Why put my family’s life in danger by inviting more visitors, restarting more flights?’” Luis Humberto Araiza López, tourism minister of Baja California Sur, told The Washington Post. “It’s a delicate line between trying to support public health and economic growth.”

Despite this, there are some countries that Americans can travel to.

The countries Americans can travel to without Covid restrictions are Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Zambia. As the world continues to open up, Americans who travel abroad are waiting for the U.S. government to get the virus under control. Until then, the U.S. passport is not the same it used to be.

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