FNS: Military Conscript Lottery Turns i nto Riot in Méxicali
- FNS: Military Conscript Lottery Turns into Riot in Méxicali
Date: 11/27/2002 10:51:16 PM Pacific Standard Time
For a second time, 3,800 Méxicali eighteen-year olds assembled to find out if they would be drafted into the Mexican military, and for a second time the event was rescheduled.
Tired of turning out for the lottery and tired of not knowing their future, some of the youth in attendance destroyed tables, lottery equipment and other material items at a city facility. Unable to quiet the crowd, punches were thrown between the teens and military personnel at the event.
One mother complained that she and her son arrived at 4 a.m. for the lottery which was supposed to have begun at 8 a.m. The mother complained to the official in charge, Ricardo Alanís Quintero, head of military recruiting for the city, that the lottery was becoming a waste of time and money for her family.
Alanís said that the violence was due to the large number of youth that were in attendance. He also recognized that the teens got upset when it was announced that the lottery was being postponed.
Last year, on the other end of the border, in Matamoros, 4,000 young men began throwing stones at homes, attacking neighborhood residents and burning cars in the early hours of January 24 while they awaited a military-service lottery. In 2000, there was also a similar disturbance in Matamoros. For more on this story go to http://www.nmsu.edu/~frontera/dec00/Matamorosnews.html
Source: La Crónica, November 25, 2002. Article by Rodrigo Pedrin Caballero.
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