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  1. If you read the newspaper article you will see that all but one of the  dogs were poisoned in their own homes; even one who was on a balcony so the poisoner had to climb up and put the poisoned hot dogs there. This is the work of a sick, maimed person.  But there is sick/crazy which is harmless to living beings, and he doesn’t belong to this group.

    Since the man who poisoned so many of our dogs in Ajijic was never punished, he may have moved on to another neighborhood.  Whatever the case may be, those of us who have seen the horrible pain and suffering these dogs go through have little pity for this behavior, whatever his or her past might be.s

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  2. From today’s NYtimes


    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/world/americas/mexico-coronavirus-hospitals.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage

    • Aug. 10, 2020Updated 9:02 a.m. E
      • “Papito, breathe!” his wife screamed. “Please breathe.”

    Within an hour, Mr. Bailón was dead.

    Mexico is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, with more than 52,000 confirmed deaths, the third-highest toll of the pandemic. And its struggle has been made even harder by a pervasive phenomenon: a deeply rooted fear of hospitals.

    The problem has long plagued nations overwhelmed by unfamiliar diseases. During the Ebola epidemic in 2014, many in Sierra Leone believed that hospitals had become hopeless death traps, leading sick people to stay home and inadvertently spread the disease to their families and neighbors.

    Here in Mexico, a similar vicious cycle is taking place. As the pandemic crushes an already weak health care system, with bodies piling up in refrigerated trucks, many Mexicans see the Covid ward as a place where only death awaits — to be avoided at all cost.



    Continue reading the main story
    The consequences, doctors, nurses and health ministers say, are severe. Mexicans are waiting to seek medical care until their cases are so bad that doctors can do little to help them. Thousands are dying before ever seeing the inside of a hospital, government data show, succumbing to the virus in taxis on the way there or in sickbeds at home.

    Fighting infections at home may not only spread the disease more widely, epidemiologists say, but it also hides the true toll of the epidemic because an untold number of people die without ever being tested — and officially counted — as coronavirus victims.





    Outside the General Hospital of Mexico’s coronavirus triage center.

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  3. The Chapala area is one of the wealthiest municipalities in Mexico, and the bulk of its income is from retired expats. For that reason, and rightly so, the local government wants to protect the older population which is the most vulnerable population. That’s why they have set up “sanitation roadblocks”, and are sending people away who can’t prove residency.

    The problem is that Mexico has a long history of authoritarian government, which heavy-handedly imposes restrictions on human rights in an arbitrary manner. Restrictions on travel and freedom of movement is a basic right for citizens under the Mexican Constitution, and the sanitation roadblocks are technically illegal.

     The Director of the Chapala High School was arrested because he was exercising his constitutional right.  He has a home in Guadalajara and one in Chapala.  The police can only request proof of residency, not demand it.  They arrested him and kept him overnight because of his “lack of respect for authority”. There is no law against that.  

    The expat liaison telling you that they will call in the National Guard is nonsense.  And how would that look?  Restricting Mexicans access to their homes in order to protect the foreign community?  There is always a lack of common sense when these “draconian measures” are put in place.  The police should be prepared to explain why coming from a large city with many cases of coronavirus, to a fragile community of elderly people is life-threatening to the population. Publicizing this on television and in the newspapers and handing out leaflets at the access points to Chapala would go a long way in easing the tensions and avoiding the arrest and detentions of citizens exercising their constitutional rights.

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