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"Bloodbath" Email Threatens Violence, Shuts Down City

"Bloodbath" Email Threatens Violence, Shuts Down City

The Mexico city of Juarez is on lockdown after an email warning of an impending "bloodbath" was widely forwarded. The subject line? The email promised "the bloodiest and most violent weekend in the history of Juarez."

The anonymous email has shut down shops, bars, and restaurants. Soldiers are now patrolling the streets, which have been evacuated. Whether or not the email is to blame, the message seems to be self-fulfilling. At least 20 people were killed this past weekend, including two policemen.

The level of fear in this city that is infamous for its drug-related crime and currently experiencing a surge in murders must be so high that an email can result in army patrols and all out lockdown. The surge in murders has claimed around 400 lives so far this year, several of them police officers and members of rival narcotics gangs. Should an anonymous email be taken so seriously that the result is a form of terrorism? Even the mayor has said, "we don't have any information to suspect that the emails are real." Where is the line between real threat and spam?


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gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
all border states and cities seem to take the worst of both countries, not the best...
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
If I believed every email I received, I'd be a multi-millionaire from my partner in Nigeria who was once the Minister of Health.
kia kia 9 years
Juarez is a VIOLENT place already ruled by forms of terrorism. I think their precautions are justified at this point.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Since the violence has been so high this past year, I don't blame them for taking extra precautions. Can you imagine if they didn't let the public know, and something did happen?
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I think it should be seen that way. It is a threat. If writing on a bathroom wall is considered terrorism, then so should email.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
In a place this violent, I'm not sure there IS a line. It's too risky not to take action and if people in the area found out that the government was aware of the threat and took no action, there'd be protests and possibly MORE violence.
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