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'Zetas' Leave Bodies as Gruesome Warning for Bloggers

MEXICO / 15 SEP 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

The mutilated bodies of two young people were found hanging from a pedestrian bridge in Nuevo Laredo, north Mexico, with a message signed by the Zetas threatening those who report on the drug war via the Internet.

Both victims, a man and a woman, were under 25, and their bodies showed signs of torture. They have not yet been identified.

The banners warned users of sites that publish news and images of Mexico’s drug war against using the Internet to report on organized crime.

Borderland Beat translated the messages as:

This happened for snitching on Frontera Al Rojo Vivo

and:

This will happen to all the Internet snitches (Frontera al Rojo Vivo, Blog Del Narco, or Denuncia Ciudadano) Be warned, we've got our eye on you. Signed, Z

The Z is a clear reference to the Zetas, one of the drug gangs that operates in the border city.

In recent years, Internet sites such as Blog del Narco have become increasingly popular as a way to exchange information on the drug war, due to their anonymity and freedom to reveal graphic details of crimes.

See CNN's video report on the crime, below.

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