A History of Pirates in the Mexican Sea

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It has already been several times that they have done it. On Thursday, a score of speedboats with hooded men, allegedly linked to organized crime, ambushed and attacked with Molotov cocktails a ship of the non-governmental environmentalist organization Sea Shepherd in which, in addition to twelve international activists, two elements of the Secretariat of the Navy travelled. from Mexico.

The attackers were presumably illegal fishermen avenging that Sea Shepherd patrols the Sea of ​​Cortez to prevent their activities. The NGO uses drones to detect them and report them to the Navy, collects and confiscates the nets they leave under water to catch what is prohibited: totoaba, whose crop traffics to China where they sell it more expensive than cocaine, but the networks they use They also trap the vaquita, until it is on the verge of extinction.

The bucheros have kidnapped sailors, thrown stones and Molotov cocktails against official and NGO boats, they have fired. It has happened since the last six years and it continues to happen during the current federal administration. They act with such impunity that the attack on Thursday was broadcast live on Facebook live from one of their speedboats. There was not a detainee.

The new managers of Semarnat, Conapesca and Marina have not defined what they are going to do with this problem. The impasse has favored illegal activities: there are more pots than ever and there is more violence than ever in the Sea of ​​Cortez. There is also more risk than ever that the vaquita marina is extinguished (there are about fifteen copies) and the world scores another shame on the scoreboard in Mexico.

A History of Pirates in the Mexican Sea

How is the destination. While all this is happening in the Upper Gulf of California, before, at the prestigious Sundance film festival, the film Sea of Shadows received the Audience Award for the best foreign documentary. I was proud to participate in it, in the investigation and denunciation of these networks of corruption and organized crime. SACIAMORBOS. Seneca, banished from Rome by Emperor Claudius, referred to the fables as writings with the peculiarity of flourishing in periods when “writers lack the freedom to express their thoughts with absolute frankness.” And here we are, two thousand years later, exploiting the genre not for lack of freedom -at least in my case-, but as a tool to take a few steps of advantage to reality and exhibit the profound contradictions of our politics and its protagonists.

In recent months you have read in this column the serial “This article is the result of the insane imagination of the author”. Texts that wobble between reality and fiction, in which when typing the end point I think I have written a fantastic story, but they turn out to be very close to what happens in this country. I never calculated them as fables because I did not imagine a moral, but not a few people who kindly read them placed them there.

Later in the series, I received a message from Sabina Berman, who for years has masterfully mastered politics and politics. And that, above, it does in the same newspaper from a lot before me. Just read our collaborations to identify that yours is a writer and mine as a reporter. A greeting goes from here.

 

Source: MSN News