Mexico Offers X-Boxes for GunsIn an effort to reduce drug-crime, Mexico City chief of police Joel Ortega is trading machine guns for cash or an X-Box game console.
In an ambitiously noble effort to cut down the enveloping surge of drugs-related violence running amok throughout the crime-addled streets of Mexico City, chief of police Joel Ortega has announced that anyone prepared to surrender a high-calibre weapon, such as a machine gun, will receive a free computer in exchange. And, perhaps in the interests of scale and fair play, anyone turning in a smaller calibre handgun will be presented with either cash remuneration or an Xbox videogame console.
The weapons-for-tech exchange program (which guarantees anonymity) launched this Tuesday in the infamous inner-city barrio (district) of Tepito, which the police only stormed in February as the newly-elected Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, continues his clamp down on the crime dens and drugs vendors operating throughout the chaotic capital city.
Ebrard’s desperate heavy-handed tactics mirror those of Mexico’s new conservative President Felipe Calderon, who has dispatched military forces across numerous areas of the country suffering from the cancerous infestation of vicious drug gangs – which, according to newswire service Reuters, were responsible for the deaths of around 2,000 people during 2006.
Tepito, which mainly consists of decrepit homes and ramshackle market stalls located slightly north of the city’s central square, felt the full force of the government’s intent in February, when “The Fortress” – apparently a tenement hive serving as a distribution centre for cocaine and marijuana – was wrestled back under control.
More than 100 computer systems were made available for the exchange program when it launched on Tuesday in Tepito, with each worth around $769 USD (8,500 pesos) and preinstalled with donated software from Microsoft. “This area is a symbol of crime,” commented police spokesman Ricardo Olayo before relaying that the program’s first day saw 17 guns handed in, with 12 of those emanating from Tepito.
Iztapalapa, another notorious crime plagued area of Mexico City, will also be subject to the exchange program should its considerably more softly-softly prove to be a success in Tepito. Stevie Smith, Monsters & Critics
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