After Oaxaca killings, tourists all over the world are wondering if Mexico is safe to visit


Tourists all over the world are wondering if Mexico is safe to visit. Travel advice is issued after two tourists were killed in one week in Oaxaca.

A 27-year-old male Canadian holidaymaker was shot and killed on Monday in Puerto Escondido, a popular Pacific seaside resort in the state of Oaxaca. He was the second foreign visitor killed in the same region of southern Mexico in less than a week. The other victim, a 23-year-old man from Argentina, died from injuries sustained in a machete attack. He was among a group of three Argentinians assaulted by a Mexican man in the hamlet of La Isla, at the mouth of the Laguna de Chacahua. The other two tourists were also wounded, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

My first thought on learning of these tragic events was sorrow tinged with horror. My second was a memory of a trip to the state capital, also called Oaxaca, some years ago that has stayed with me for the atmosphere, architecture, and food, and the sense that this was a somehow archetypal Mexican city – colorful, convivial, and beautiful.

On the heels of this thought came another recollection. There had been trouble in Oaxaca prior to my own visit, including violent clashes between police and a teachers’ trade union that resulted in 17 deaths. These were neither the first nor the last such street battles in a town, and state, known for their restive politics. I recall twitching nervously when an explosion rang out on a street close to the plaza. I thought I was about to find myself in the middle of a standoff. But it was a firecracker, and the commotion was a parade for some saint or devil. In Mexico – a land of smiling skulls and death cults – you never know.

Source: Telegraph

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