Saturday, June 20, 2009

Crime and...Well, Just Crime

The day care center fire in Sonora that left 44 children dead has been headline news here for weeks now, and has prompted a good deal of outraged commentary and apportioning of blame, with a series of public figures practically elbowing each other out of the way to be the first to promise a swift and thorough investigation (this, in spite of the fact that the owners of the day care center are well-connected, to say the least.)

A year ago today, nine teenagers and three police officers were killed at a Mexico City club called New's Divine, when the police, having taken care of all the other problems facing the capital city, decided to break up a party of under-aged revelers celebrating the end of the school year, setting off a panicked stampede for the doors - which the police had ingeniously bolted shut, resulting in a The-Who-plays-Cincinnati-style tragedy. This event was headline news here for weeks, and prompted a good deal of outraged commentary and apportioning of blame, with a series of public figures practically elbowing each other out of the way to be the first to promise a swift and thorough investigation (this, despite the fact the chief culprits - high-ranking police officers and public security officials - are, by definition, well-connected.)

We can't help but wonder what the grieving families in Sonora thought while watching the New's Divine families on tv today lamenting the fact that, a year later, the only person sitting in jail is the owner of the club, for the crime of selling alcohol to minors. We imagine they were probably taking notes, so they'll know what to say on tv 11 months from now.

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