Our vigilante justice

naked

LAW ENFORCEMENT in Mexico is notoriously unreliable, so we Mexicans at times embrace the do-it-yourself method.

A popular approach is lynching. We just kill the culprits, and that’s the end of it.

Sometimes less lethal punishments are delivered, and that’s what happened to the three pendejos in the photo who are confessed cattle rustlers.

Sometimes dreams do come true.

Their clothes were removed, and they were forced to walk in the street. One of the three was reported to be a local butcher, so you can see his motivation for cattle theft.

This amusing event took place in Suchilapan del Río in the State of Veracruz. A video was shot, and it became quite popular on social media very quickly.

I’m guessing these guys won’t be cattle rustling again anytime soon.

28 thoughts on “Our vigilante justice

  1. Alternative forms of justice. Rural Mexico, you got to love it. Maybe they will change their evil ways now and the next person will learn from it.

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  2. While it may seem to be unfair to subject these fellows to this kind of ridicule, they came off a darn sight better than those who do such crimes in places like Saudi Arabia. They would be missing more than their clothes.

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    1. Señor Gill: I am completely in favor of public shaming, especially the medieval stocks. Not sure it’s appropriate with these cow thieves, however. Something more severe is called for due to it’s being major theft. I did not mention it in my post, but these guys stole LOTS of cattle.

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    1. Ray: I haven’t seen much, or anything actually, like this connected to the avocado biz. What we do have is cartels muscling their way into the extremely profitable avocado business. Avocado is called green gold.

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  3. Too funny! In CDMX, going out in the buff is sometimes used as a form of protest. At first glance, that’s what I thought I was going to read about.

    It’s a pity that the Mexican government cannot provide even a modicum of justice. Sad!

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where such a punishment would be far more severe than in sunny Veracruz.

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      1. Infrastructure?!?! Wasn’t his first act killing off a major, half-finished infrastructure project, namely the new AICM?

        Still, Mexico could stand for some infrastructure investment. But it more badly needs to spend on real justice.

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  4. I suspect the problems with crime is that the justice systems in some countries are organized differently. If one is a victim of a crime, those guys riding around in pickups can stop the crime when and if it is happening. But then, the victim has to make a denuncia at another office with an agency that may or may not investigate the crime. Better have proof of ownership and lots of witnesses. Justice moves slowly in some countries and just doesn’t in other countries. It is pointless to ask for redress, so people don’t bother to complain. Crime is good business in some countries. If one has friends or resources, there is always people that know people. Too bad if you don’t.

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    1. Señor Gill: Justice usually works well in Anglo-Saxon nations. In other, not so much. Many factors play into this.

      Sometimes it’s best to just strip culprits of clothes for a stroll in the street. Sometimes it’s best to string ’em up from a tree limb.

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  5. I’m not sure there is much justice in Mexico at the moment. The three naked rustlers might be a feel-good moment for some but ignores the all-out war going on between the cartels which Mr. Trump has just declared terrorists … which they are. In October the murder rate in Mexico was 4 killings per hour! Many are just regular citizens who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay the piso to their local cartel. Then there are those who weren’t that lucky who were tortured, mutilated, raped, dismembered and whose families including children suffered the same fate. These people are dogs who should be put down, but your government seems inept or perhaps is on the payroll. Plata y plomo.

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    1. Brent: Feel-good moment? Yep, That counts. As for the murders, I don’t think most are regular citizens, but I could be wrong. I think most of the murders come about from drug gangs competing with one another. Almost all shootings one reads about are police vs. cartels or cartels vs. cartels.

      But who knows?

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      1. Well, you live in Mexico, so I get that it’s hard to look at some of the brutal reality, but four murders per hour is pretty extreme, don’t you think? And granted, the majority of them are gangsters killing other gangsters, but for every one of them killed there is another up and comer ready to take their place. And there have been hundreds of journalists, politicians and community leaders killed as well. If you don’t write what they want you to write you will end up dead with your severed fingers stuffed in your mouth. It happens and sends a pretty strong message, don’t you think? This is why what you read is not necessarily the whole story. Fake news. Anyway, where I am the tourists are oblivious to the violence even when some guy was chased down and murdered right in front of them. Back to sipping on their margarita and posting selfies to their Instagram. Oh, well, what can one do? Stay home in the cold white north? Nah !

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          1. Well, I make sure to fly over the USA and have not visited there in over 35 years and not because I feel unsafe. And while where you live is not in the middle of a war zone that’s probably because your turf is not being contested at the moment. You really should read Don Winslow’s trilogy of books about the growth and spread of the cartels in Mexico from the late ‘60s until when Trump was elected. (I may have mentioned them before.) The first book is called, “The Power of the Dog” and the second, “Cartel.” They are dedicated to the hundred or so journalists who have been murdered over the years. Very informative and based on real events. Not especially cheery.

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  6. The military and police in the past knew that if the culprits actually got into the criminal justice system, they would walk. Then they would be free to take vengeance upon law enforcement. So, it was better to kill the perps outright. Who knows what the current “hugs, not bullets” doctrine will yield?
    It seems to me that people have such low expectations for justice that they just accept that is the way of life. But when they move north, it is a surprise to find that things that were just part of life back home can really send one to prison.

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