Flag Ceremony of 105th Infantry Batalion of Mexican Army
Mexican President Felipe Calderon leads a Flag Ceremony of 105 Infantry Battalion and the opening of a new military base in the town of Ciudad Mier, Mexico. 10th December 2011
Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Considered in 2007 a "Magical town of Mexico" by the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico because it is a picturesque village during the following years, mainly in 2009 and until 2011experienced a strong wave of violence by war between rival gangs of drug trafficking in the area, controlling the traffic of arms, drugs and people because of its proximity to the U.S. border.
The appearance of this place today is loneliness and abandonment, its residents in 2010 started and experimented an exodus for the war against drug trafficking in Mexico, on the facades of houses and shops is visible, the windows of these same houses and shops with bullet impacts also have covered windows by wood or brick walls to prevent the impacts in the interior, Mexican drug cartels of Cartel del Golfo (Cartel of Gulf of Mexico) And "Cartel of "Los Zetas".
During the travel a of a group of Mexican journalists for the opening ceremony of a New headquarters the Mexican Army is accompanied and escorted by patrols of the Soldiers, random groups of military patrols are visible every certain number of kilometers and some guarding the road, is too visible in the way to Ciudad Mier a radio station absolutely abandoned, only irradiates silence, a gas station and a pharmacy in the same way, equally abandoned, the local schools temporarily are converted in military barracks from 6000 villagers, currently live 500 in the location.
Last October, the Mexican army, sending 600 soldiers to establish a headquarters in an unpopulated area and Very close to Ciudad Mier, the residents mentioned that they feel more sure of its presence and that conflicts between drug traffickers, the residents currently living at the site mentioned that they feel more sure of this military presence and that conflicts between drug traffickers have been reduced in the area since the arrival of soldiers.