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Mexicans In No Mood For a Fiesta

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 09:53 AM


MEXICO CITY —The government is promising "the most spectacular celebration in history" and throwing more than $40 million on the table for parades and fireworks to commemorate the country's 200th anniversary this week. But on the eve of their bicentennial, many Mexicans confess they're in no mood for a party.

As the country prepares to follow President Felipe Calderon in the traditional "grito," or shout-out of "Viva Mexico!" on Wednesday night, the country's historians, politicians and artists agree that the country is in a deep funk.

"It feels like Mexico is out of gas," said Hector Reyes, a car dealer who with his wife and kids watched workers erect TV camera scaffolds in the capital's central plaza to broadcast the events.

These days the news feels like an endless rerun of the same cop show as one midlevel drug capo after another is arrested or killed. Last month it was El Nacho. Then it was La Barbie. This week, El Grande. All of them - beefy thugs with fashionable sports shirts, living in nice big houses, with lots of guns and grenades - are quickly replaced.

"Because when one is captured, the next in line steps up," said Jorge Romero, a representative in the National Congress.

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