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May 2, 2001

Narco News 2001

Together Again

Roberto Hernández and Ernesto Zedillo

A report by Vértigo Magazine

April 22, 2001

Mexican Secret Service Prohibits Scuba-Diving in Cancun

Translated by The Narco News Bulletin

There are probably two companies within the Presidential Secret Service: one that works in a government of transition, and another that operates as it did in the old regime: that is to say, the PRI era. That was the tone that residents and vacationers adopted - full of fear and indignation - now that having experienced the response of the citizenry on July 2nd elections, the plain liberty that was hoped for still doesn't arrive.

It turns out that on April 13th, a group of friends went scuba-diving inside a cenote (earth-fed spring) near Cancún. As is normal, or at least should be, since individual rights have not yet been suspended in the United States of Mexico, the scuba divers spent some 15 minutes underwater when they felt strong tugs on the cable meant to guide them back to surface. As authentic hobbyists of this sport know, if the cable is pulled it means that the guide at the surface is signaling an emergency and, because of that, they came out of the water.

There, on the surface, they received a strict order: "Abandon this place immediately… if you would be so kind," clearly, with guns pointed at them. The emissaries of the unquestionable order: personnel of the Presidential Secret Service. Why did they want the place vacated? So that new visitors could enjoy it in sacred peace.

All the arbitrariness was because Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, ex-president of Mexico, and Roberto Hernandez, the partner of Banamex - of Foxism and Salinism - desired that the place would be solely for their exclusive use.

Vertigo Magazine, Mexico, April 22, 2001

Diving for the Facts