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Amazing how in a country where guns are banned all the criminals seem to have them.

http://news.yahoo.com/armed-gang-rapes-6-spanish-tourists-mexico-160046762.html

Armed gang rapes 6 Spanish tourists in Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Six Spanish tourists were raped by a gang of armed, masked men in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, the latest chapter of violence that has tarnished the once-glamorous Pacific coast resort.

The vicious, hours-long attack occurred before dawn Monday at a house that six Spanish men, six Spanish women and a Mexican woman had rented on a quiet, idyllic stretch of beach on the outskirts of Acapulco.

The attackers gained access to the house because two of the Spaniards were in the yard and apparently were forced to open the door, said Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton at a press conference late Monday.

The five attackers burst into the house and held the group at gunpoint, he said. They tied up the six men with phone cords and bathing suit straps and then raped the six Spanish women. The Mexican woman was not raped.

The attack began about two hours after midnight Monday and the victims were only able to report the crime five hours later, at nearly seven in the morning.

"This is a regrettable situation, and of course it is going to damage Acapulco," Walton said.
The once-glittering resort that attracted movie stars and celebrities in the 1950s and 60s has already been battered by years of drug gang killings and extortions, but except for very few incidents, the violence has not touched tourists.

Walton said he believed, but wasn't sure, that the assailants in Monday's attack didn't belong to a drug gang. Guerrero state Attorney General Martha Garzon Guzman said witness descriptions of the attackers were more difficult to obtain because they wore masks.

"From what the attorney general has told me, I don't think this was organized crime," Walton said. "But that will have to be investigated, we don't know."

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department issued a statement saying it regretted the attack, and suggesting it was not drug-cartel related.

"This is a common crime, and thus up to now, the investigations are being carried out by local authorities and they will be the ones to provide information," the statement said.

In Mexico, federal authorities investigate drug-related crimes.
Security and drug analyst Jorge Chabat said that, after years of drug gang activity in Acapulco, the distinction may be merely semantic.

"At this point, the line between common and organized crime is very tenuous, there are a lot of these gangs that take advantage of the unsafe situation that currently exists, they know the government can't keep up," Chabat said. "Everything points to this being organized crime, because several gangs have operated there for years ... it's probably not the big cartels, but there are smaller groups that carry out crimes on a permanent basis."

The Spanish Embassy in Mexico City said the victims were receiving consular assistance.
The victims were "psychologically affected" by the attack and received treatment, the mayor said.
Spain's Foreign Ministry had already issued a travelers advisory on its website for Acapulco before the Monday attack, listing the resort as one of Mexico's "risk zone," though not the worst.

"In Acapulco, organized crime gangs have carried out violence, though up to now that has not affected tourists or the areas they visit," the advisory states. "At any rate, heightened caution is advised."

The attack came just three days after a pair of Mexican tourists returning from a beach east of Acapulco were shot at and slightly wounded by members of a masked rural self-defense squad that has set up roadblocks in areas north of Acapulco, to defend their
communities against drug gang violence.

The vigilantes say the Mexican tourists failed to stop at their improvised roadblock.
Walton said the city was already contemplating ways to revive the city's image.
"We have to look at an advertising campaign to say that not everything in Acapulco is like that," Walton said. "This happens everywhere in the world, not just in Acapulco or in Mexico."
 

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"We have to look at an advertising campaign to say that not everything in Acapulco is like that," Walton said. "This happens everywhere in the world, not just in Acapulco or in Mexico."
Oh yeah I can see it now:

"Not every visitor to Acapulco gets raped" - Acapulco Board of Tourism

"Nearly as many people get raped in Detroit as Acapulco" - Acapulco Board of Tourism

Sure, those will be some successful campaigns, that Walton guy sounds like a real genius.
 

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When planning for your next Mexican vacation, be sure to pack the following -

1 major caliber fighting rifle, select fire is recommended.
Minimum 10 30rd mags, and 1000rds of ammunition (cleaning kit optional)

2 - Ballistic plates, lvl 4 advised

3 - beach umbrella for our wonderful beaches

4 - Firstaid kit, suitable for treating major trauma.

5- Bottled water, Montezuma is still pissed

6 - defensive handgun, with a minimum of 2 extra magazines.

Bring all of your friends, advise them of the packing list as well
 

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But isn't their whole country a "Gun Free Zone"?
 

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I don't think you needed this story to realize it is not safe to travel there. We all know about all the guns our Attorney General sold down.
 

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Its amazing people go on Vacation to Mexico, The cartels attack Police stations in the middle of the day and force them to leave towns. People are brutally murdered and beheaded. The problems are so big that the Mexican military is the one that primarily fights the gangs, forget about local law enforcement. Americans are targeted and kidnapped or raped or killed. Some vacation, people are so oblivious to the world they live in.
 

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These are all lies. Guns are illegal in Mexico. It's a lovely, safe place.
 

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I spent two weeks traveling through there, and not once did I feel safe. I was never happier getting on a plane headed back to NY.
 

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Been there numerous times and would go back. The violence is in the border regions for the most part and drug related. You're probably safer in many places than you are in Chicago at this point
 

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I worked in Border Zone manufacturing plants for years, mostly Juarez. Stupid people and drug people get into trouble. Smart people dont.
 

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I for one have never been to Mexico, have no desire to go there, and wouldn't take a free trip to the safest resort there.

It's no wonder thousands hop the fence everyday.
 

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I started going to TJ when I was 5. Mom taught at the Coronado Naval base, and TJ was considered too dangerous for our military to go there. Never a prob for us. Dont try to buy drugs, that is 90% of the root cause.
 

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I wouldn't go anywhere on the mainland, except maybe Cancun. Cozumel is an island just off shore. It's great over there. There is a naval and airforce base. The president's vacation home is there also.
Access to the island is tightly controlled. When we got off the ferry the locals were taken aside and searched.
There is plenty to do, including cave and reef diving. The beaches are public access so you can hang out at any hotel's beach.
I wouldn't hesitate going there again.
 

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It's really a shame. My wife and I traveled in different areas of Mexico a number of times in the last 30 years. It's a beautiful country with so much history. The people are warm and friendly and you meet nice people on buses, on the street and wonderful Mexican families on the beaches. They are the ones really paying the price for this senseless, barbaric violence.

The police and the army are pretty useless since they are either afraid of the gangs or getting paid off by them.
I was there two years ago and unfortunately the violence is moving beyond the border towns to upscale neighborhoods in a number of cities. They could institute a liberal gun policy tomorrow and it wouldn't help--they would still be outgunned by the gangs. Like I said--a shame.
 
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