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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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Parler Is Back Online But All Traffic Is Being Routed Through Russian Servers

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Parler Is Back Online But All Traffic Is Being Routed Through Russian Servers

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Parler, the alt-right social media platform, is back in business. Of course, the app is not supported by American companies. The app is now running all of its information through Russian servers.

Parler is running again thanks to the help of Russian servers.

Parler faced quick discipline after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The social media platform was one of the key tools organizers of the riot used to organize and mobilize. Amazon, Apple, and Google all stopped carrying Parler, essentially ending the social media platform’s ability to keep running. Parler tried to sue Amazon Web Services to pick up the app again to allow it to continue but a judge ruled against the platform.

“The court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler’s users have engaged in,” U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein wrote in the order. “At this stage, on the showing made thus far, neither the public interest nor the balance of equities favors granting an injunction in this case.”

The Russian-backed servers are only providing partial support but it’s a slippery slope.

Parler has hired DDoS-Guard, is a Russian digital infrastructure company that threw the platform a lifeline. While the server is only providing a defense against denial-of-service, critics are concerned that it still poses a significant risk. All of the traffic on Parler is going through those servers leaving the users vulnerable to Russian surveillance.

“Now seems like the right time to remind you all—both lovers and haters—why we started this platform,” reads Parler’s current homepage. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential … We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon.”

DDoS-Guard has a history of working with racist and far-right groups.

CEO John Matze is confident that the app will be fully restored by the end of January. The social media app has been banned and dropped from major American tech companies after the insurrection. Amazon will not restore the app but the app has said that they retrieved their info from Amazon.

READ: Latino Congressman Lou Correa Fights Back at Insurrectionist Trump Supporters Who Harassed Him at a D.C. Airport

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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