Social Networking Used to Show Violence Across the Border
Mar 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM CST
Mar 7, 2012
YouTube is only one of several ways our neighbors in Nuevo Laredo have been informing each other and the world. They've also made use of the social networks, Facebook and Twitter. It's something you hear about being done in war zones like Libya, but it seems like it's become an important tool for Nuevo Laredoans. These are images people from Nuevo Laredo have posted to Facebook. It shows the damage and death toll in Nuevo Laredo after Thursday's gunfight that started close to the World Trade Bridge on the Mexican side. One of the images shows four men lying on the ground, shot and killed by members of the Mexican military. Another image shows a pickup truck off the side of the road, having been shot up. Inside that one, the bodies of three men can be seen. More images show examples of some of the firepower used by the gunmen killed in that gunfight, including several machine guns and even a gun customized with a "Z" carved into the butt of the rifle. The secretary of defense said 13 people were killed in the altercation, including a regional leader for the zetas in Nuevo Laredo. Social networking played a huge factor on Thursday; it allowed people in Nuevo Laredo to see what areas to avoid and stay safe. If you followed Twitter, people's entries provided a cataloged series of events on how the conflict played out.