State Government of Morelos Fails To Protect Earthquake Volunteers Against Criminals
La Cartita --- As Mexicans mourn the wreckage of 2 major quakes, but, more importantly, reorganize to help the regions abandoned and harrased by the Mexican government after a 7.1. quake struck 50 miles south of Mexico City, the connected police and criminal class are perpetuating disappearances and crime throughout the region again. This time a volunteer headed to the state of Morelos, Jesus Medina Aguilar, is reported missing by his wife.
Jesus Medina Aguilar is from Tetela del Volcán. He was last seen on Friday as he was leaving Yecapixtla towards a location in Morelos state. The human rights/crime monitoring organization Alameda Morelos confirmed his disappearance. His wife is currently disclosing details about her husband's disappearance.
The state governor of Morelos, Graco Ramírez, is being held responsible by volunteers and political commentators in Mexico for the disappearance of the volunteer. General state incompetence and lack of protection for volunteers carrying shipments of medical aide has caused them to become vulnerable to criminal bandits looking for a quick payout. However, others also assume Governor Ramirez needs to disappeari volunteers to maintain a climate of fear and control over the state.Tweet
Morelos state governor, Graco Ramirez, has already intercepted shipments of medical aid and food supplies in Morelos. The state governor is notoriously corrupt and known for ties with organized crime. The criminal ties, then, make him a prime suspect. Ramirez has already been noted as an agent of repression and one with an interest in controlling how state aid flows to affected regions in Morelos state. In modern day Mexico, a place ripe for social revolution, the assumption that the governor is a thief of aid capable of disappearing aid workers is not too far a stretch of the imagination.
Foreign entities providing aid should pay close attention to how the entities connected to the government are behaving. The International Red Cross in Mexico, for example, has been noted for being increasingly slow in dispersing aid because of its proximity to the government. While the military is now having some of its members being accused of robbing quake victims they rescued. For this reason, people have not waited for authorities to provide guidance on how and where to help. They have organized autonomously along with organizations affiliated with the Catholic church.