Mexican Drug Gangs Slug It Out on YouTube

From The Register:

A bloody war between rival Mexican drug gangs has spilled onto YouTube where two competing cartels “taunt each other with blood-soaked slideshows and films of their murder victims”, Reuters reports.

The war between north eastern Mexico’s “Gulf Cartel” – with its private army “Los Zetas”, led by Osiel Cardenas, and “traffickers based in the western state of Sinaloa” headed by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman – last year claimed more than 2,000 victims.

Mexican president Felipe Calderon responded by dispatching troops to several states to restore order, although the killing appears to continue unabated, if the video evidence is anything to go by.

Indeed, Reuters notes that on YouTube “one popular video shows a man being shot in the head” while a “stomach-churning series of photos shows another execution victim, his missing face a mangled mess of flesh”.

According to the news agency, in one YouTube post, a user “offers about $4,500 to anyone who can show proof of having killed members of The Zetas, ‘via photo, video or presenting the body’.”