The now famous hacktivist group Anonymous Mexico is weighing in on the recent kidnapping and escape of a top soccer player in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas. The group calls the kidnapping nothing more than a political ruse.
As Breitbart Texas previously reported over the weekend, a group of cartel gunmen kidnapped professional soccer player Alan Pulido and his girlfriend in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas. While the gunmen released the woman almost immediately, the soccer player was held at a stash house in the city’s south side. Pulido is a top soccer player from Mexico who played in the national team and most recently had been playing for the Olimpyakos in Greece.
In response to the scandal of having a famous athlete kidnapped by cartel gunmen, the Tamaulipas government deployed police and military forces to carry out search parties, roadblocks and other
The following day, the Tamaulipas government announced the rescue of the athlete and as Breitbart Texas previously reported, the government tried to take credit for the athlete’s safe return.
According to the official account by the Tamaulipas government, Pulido managed to disarm one of the kidnappers and call 066 (number similar to 911) who rushed to his aid. As Pulido was being looked at at a local hospital, Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantu personally went to speak with the athlete and to stage a photo op.
However, despite the international media attention that the case garnered, the hacktivist group Anonymous Mexico released a video on Sunday afternoon claiming that the kidnapping and the high profile rescue as nothing more than a political maneuver by government officials looking to better position their candidates.
“This is a montage aimed at fooling thousands of gullible Mexicans into thinking that Mexican authorities have the capacity to carry out operations of this magnitude,” the Anonymous character wearing a Guy Fawkes mask said in Spanish. “Mexican authorities are inept for these types of rescues, they don’t have the minimal training needed to face off against these situations. Stop fooling the people of Mexico.”
As Breitbart Texas previously reported, the lack of security conditions in the state has become one of the main concerns among residents of the border state and could be a deciding factor in the upcoming gubernatorial elections. In Ciudad Victoria, where Pulido’s kidnapping took place, Breitbart Texas has been reporting on how two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel have been fighting for control of the city. The brutal violence has resulted in an increase in kidnappings, shootings, shootouts and almost daily beheadings as well as other gruesome executions.