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Horrific scene where gunmen dumped 35 bodies on a busy street in Veracruz, Mexico

Normally, I wouldn't publish such a shocking image, but in this case, I think the news warrants it. The violence in Mexico has been rising and is now at a level where such a brazen act occurred in a highly populated area with witnesses. Estimates from various groups put the number of deaths at somewhere between 35,000 and 42,000 since President Calderon launched a campaign against drug cartels in late 2006.

Veracruz, a port city, has been relatively free from the kind of violence that has taken over other areas, especially the U.S. border cities, until now.  Continue to scroll to see the image.

AP reports:

Masked gunmen blocked traffic on a busy avenue in a Gulf of Mexico coastal city Tuesday and dumped the bodies of 35 slaying victims as horrified motorists watched, authorities said.  Continue reading...

Veracruz En Red / EPA

The crime scene where two trucks were found with 35 bodies along an avenue in Boca del Rio, Veracruz metropolitan zone, Mexico, on Sept. 20. According to authorities, the victims, 23 men and 12 women, were alleged members of Los Zetas cartel and were killed by their rivals of Gulf cartel.