Mexicans Will Face 30 Years Prison For a TweetAdded: Friday, September 9th, 2011
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In Mexico, two people are accused of carrying out an “Orson Wells”-style Twitter sabotage and can consequently face up to 30 years jail time: one of them is a former teacher, who turned radio commentator, while the second is a maths tutor, living with his mother. Both of them have been charged with terrorism.
According to local media reports, citizens of Mexico, Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola and Gilberto Martinez Vera, have been arrested after a panic reminding many of a modern day equivalent to radio broadcast of Orson Welles’s The War of the Worlds, which took place back in 1938. Now the prosecutors claim that the defendants helped cause a chaos of over two dozen car crashes and panic, which occurred when parents in the Mexican city of Veracruz hurried to save their kids. The cause was a twitter message relaying a false report that gunmen had been attacking schools in the area. As a result, the emergency services entirely collapsed, as citizens were terrified.
Following the news that for weeks the police have been having gunbattles with drug traffickers, Gilberto Martinez Vera, working as a tutor at a number of private schools, tweeted that gunmen were taking kids from schools in the area. Despite the fact that there had been no kidnappings at the moment, he later told the police coppers that the rumors had already been circulating and he just retweeted what he knew from the others. Aside from this, he also tweeted 3 days earlier that the gunmen mowed down 6 children aged 13 to 15 in the Hidalgo neighborhood. Although it was true that such an attack took place, it didn’t involve any children.
In the meantime, the prosecutors point out that the similar rumors were also sent by Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola, a radio commentator, known on the radio and social networks as “Maruchi”. She also admitted that she just retweeted the message to her own followers, and believes it’s unfair to bang her up for simply relaying a message. She has now changed her Facebook page, placed the Twitter logo there and wrote “I too am a TwitTerrorist” in a status bar.
Both of the defendants have been arrested, but now online petitions started to circulate to demand their release. At the same time, human rights groups insist the charges in question are exaggerated. In fact, the panic has likely more to do with the fact that the country is in the middle of a drugs war, which took lives of over 35,000 people over the past 5 years.
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Friday, September 9th, 2011
|posted by (2011-09-09 19:42:12)|
|30 years !!!! wtf is this world coming to it was a mistake but acts of such terrorism outside of schools have been committed in mexican states so why woulnt anybody take it as the truth? check out the casino royale on youtube in monterrey mexico !!this is how they work!! around 63 ppl died that day inside the casino. R.I.P to all those innocent ones because not everybody in there was really innocent.|
|Interesting story but to who ever wrote it you might want to try a fancy program called SPELL CHECK...|
|posted by (2011-09-09 23:12:01)|
|Honestly I don't know why they would give them just 30 years for plotting something so evil and carrying it out, i mean come on wtf, just 30 years if i was a judge i would have these men made people panic and loose their sense of control. Causing wrecks and probably a couple of car pile ups. i would have gave them like 50 years plus and not because they are Mexican either that is just evil what they did come on dude again wtf is up with people today seriously!|
|and no restitution?|
|oO.. wow... stupid yes, criminal? thats a stretch.. if someone is going to blame traffic accidents on what a person 'tweets' (I guess none of these traumatized parents owned a phone, TV or radio to verify this claim or were they all 'tweeting' while they were driving?) then why not blame Jerry Springer for any number of social ills? For a country plagued by actual crime and failing in every sector this seems more like a case of nerd rage.|
|hang them....we wont miss them...|
|Only people who have never been in jail can make comments about years in sentences. 100 days is plenty. especially in a mexican prison! retards are abound anymore|
|posted by (2011-09-11 20:56:58)|
|its amazing to me that a site that does so much good, sharing information freely with the world can be populated by such dumb as's @skeletron but i suppose we all know there are leechers out there.. thanks for the article SaM|
|posted by (2011-09-11 21:38:25)|
|p.s although I think it was harsh i agree with the sentence theres too much hear-say news being pushed with the excuse oh we thought it was true, if you dont know the FACTS then dont talk about them they caused a panic which yes was already in effect because of the problems over there but its the same as the MPAA pushing those bull reports it just inflames fear and it did after all cause a flash panic that could of killed people, if i went into a school or anywhere and started shouting fire i'd expect to be arrested for causing a panic, now we just need something like this for the newspapers and hopefully we'd get some proper news not just regurgitated storys from Fox and the BBC with more exclamation marks in it, im not saying we shouldnt have a free press im saying that people should be held accountable for the words they speak.||
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