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October 29, 2009

Justice by the sword

Just as I begin to wonder if I might be publishing the Daily Mail of Canadian blogs - politically incoherent, prurient and alarmist - yet another instance of the real world pushes me further over the edge.

“Little Rats of Tepic” is a Mexican homebrew "torture film" briefly posted to YouTube showing the enhanced interogation of five burglars by incensed locals. In Mexico, vigilantism has taken the place where justice is meant to stand.

Lest our progressive betters mistake the lesson: This is not about Mexico. This is what happens anywhere when the Establishment is either incapable of or unwilling to enforce the law.

“The government is failing to provide security and people are turning to some brutal alternatives,” said Rossana Reguillo, who studies crime and violence at the Jesuit University of Guadalajara. “This is not something that has always been around in Mexico. It is a new phenomenon that has been growing since 2000.”

In the latest case, the five teenagers were abducted after they allegedly robbed a house in the town of Tepic in the Pacific state of Nayarit.

The boys — all students of a local high school — were taken to an abandoned building where they had their heads shaved and then were beaten by fists and rifle butts and threatened at gun point, as shown on the video. One of the torturers is heard on the film saying he is the man whose house was robbed.

It gets worse.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 29, 2009 08:21 AM