Sonriendo ZIHn Razón

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego/Rosarito, Friday, April 29, 2022, 23:02 (68 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Unfortunately there were some shootings in Zihuatanejo yesterday and today that the local media won't report because the government doesn't want them to, and the government pays them well to say only good things so as not to alarm our visitors or to put a stain on their political careers with anything that isn't positive. I think that's a very irresponsible attitude by both the government and their paid cheerleaders. All I can recommend due to the lack of details is to stay alert, be aware of your surroundings and never assume those popping sounds are firecrackers. This is a reminder why many of us don't find fireworks enjoyable. Nevertheless, I still love living here and I don't let this crap get to me. I knew what I was getting into before I moved here 33 years ago. Guerrero was a lawless state when I first lived here in '74, and in that respect not much has changed.

Rob, would you please elaborate on the culture of lawlessness in Guerrero? Over the years, I have heard about events that were very disturbing. You mentioned that it has been this way since 1974. Is it a vestige from the Revolution years? Or does this go back even further? In so many ways, Zihua seems absolutely perfect to me. The locals have always gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. When I visited with my friend from Mexico City, they literally treated us like royalty.

However, a year or two later, when I visited my favorite beach restaurant in Playa La Madera, I learned that one of the long-time meseros had been murdered at a bar. No one would testify about what had happened. The most I could get out of his fellow meseros was that a big group had gone to a local hangout after a soccer match. An argument started and he was killed. And that was that. No one would say anything. In the semi-autobiographical novel written by Eric Bulard, he mentions a culture of violence with regard to the families of wives taking revenge upon husbands who wanted out of the marriage.

Pues, adelante. Just curious.

Wasn't there a serpent in the Garden of Eden?

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