Target: U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne
Goal: Call for investigations into the thousands of disappearances allegedly involving Mexican government
The drug wars in Mexico have claimed a countless number of victims, with thousands still missing. A human rights group investigated the cases of 249 missing people, and found that 149 of them involved the police or military. The Mexican government has been accused of extra-judicial killings in the past, but this is the first time it is being linked to anti-drug efforts. It is believed that the government is either ignoring the disappearances, or causing them.
The disappearances follow similar patterns: a husband goes out to run errands and never comes home, or a man reportedly disappears in the middle of the night. People report seeing the men being stowed into the back of either a military or police vehicle never to be seen again. Out of the 149 cases involving the authorities, 95 of them reportedly involved the local police, who are known to sometimes work with cartels and gangsters. On the other hand, gang members have carried out hits disguised as police officers in the past, making this a difficult situation to ascertain.
What is known, however, is that thousands of people are disappearing, and it is likely that some of those disappearances are caused by the Mexican government. Speak out against these abuses, and demand an investigation into the disappearances.
Dear Ambassador Wayne,
The situation in Mexico is convoluted and disjointed, and sometimes it is hard to distinguish between who is committing the crimes and who is enforcing the law. Human Rights Watch has reported that at least 149 of the thousands of missing person cases in Mexico involved either the police or military. This is a disturbing report, and one that needs to be more thoroughly investigated.
The citizens of Mexico need a law enforcement agency that will protect them, and a government that they can trust. The United States must pressure Mexico to look into these disappearances, and eliminate the corruption that may be present in its law enforcement systems. The drug wars have been tearing Mexico apart for years, and investigating these disappearances will help the country heal. Those who are missing deserve justice, and the United States must urge Mexico to pursue the agents responsible.
[Your Name Here]
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