In response to the violence ravaging the Mexican nation on a daily basis, citizens from south of the border have started to tweet their commentaries, protests, and news, followed by the #estadofallido hashtag, sending a direct message to the government of president Felipe Calderón: Is Our Mexican State Failing?
Recently, an anonymous Mexican blogger has published a blog (www.estadofallido.mx) called Failed State, Chronicle of the National Security Crisis, helping the trend gain momentum.
Certain circles however, don’t feel the sense of failed state present all over twitter and the afore mentioned blog is true. GlobalVoicesOnline.org, an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world published the following in response to #estadofallido:
“In this country, 36 million students go to school every day, on time. The country functions. We have strong, separate, independent powers: the Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial. In this country we have regular elections. They are won and lost; they are hotly debated, and the press is not muzzled. There is absolute freedom to publish, to present ideas in an atmosphere of freedom that is without precedent in Mexico.[…] The reality is that Mexico is very, very far from being a failed state”
It may be true, but when the daily news being exported from Mexico spell little other than corruption, drug trafficking, kidnapping, gruesome murder, 14 year olds carrying AK-47 assault rifles, etc. and when the US advices against visiting south of the border, is hard not to feel like the Mexican state is indeed failing.
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