The online collective Anonymous is making threats to a Mexican drug cartel over the alleged kidnapping of one of its activists in Veracruz.
“You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him. And if anything happens to him, you (expletive) will always remember this upcoming November 5th,” the group says in a Spanish-language YouTube video that shows buildings being blown up.
November 5 is commonly referred to as Guy Fawkes day in honor of the Brit who tried to blow up parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1604. Fawkes was immortalized in the 2006 movie “V For Vendetta” about a freedom fighter who uses terrorist tactics against a totalitarian society.
“We demand his release,” says a man wearing a suit and tie and the mask from “V for Vendetta” that has become the symbol for Anonymous. “We want the Army and the Navy to know that we are fed up with the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways.”
The video, posted earlier this month, also threatens to expose journalists, taxi drivers, and police who allegedly cooperate with the cartel.
“We can’t defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels, and everything else in their possession,” the video says. “It won’t be difficult. We all know who they are and where they are.”
The man in the video uses an accent from Spain and Mexican slang, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The video does not identify the missing member of its group, but says he was kidnapped while he was “doing Paperstorm,” which is a reference to posting flyers and other printed messages in public spaces.
It’s a gutsy move for Anonymous, which typically targets corporations, government agencies, and law enforcement departments that it deems morally and financially corrupt. The U.S. Justice Department says the Zetas cartel “may be the most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and violent” of the paramilitary enforcement groups in Mexico
“Anonymous from Veracruz, Mexico, and the world, we want you to know that a member has been kidnapped when he was doing Paperstorm in our city.
We demand his release. We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up of the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways. One of them is charging every honest and hardworking citizen of Veracruz who busts their rears working day after day to feed their families. We are fed up with taxi drivers, commanders and "police-zetas" officers of Xalapa, Córdoba, Orizaba, Nogales, Río Blanco and Camerinos... who are chickens and have made themselves the most loyal servants of these assholes. For the time being, we won´t post photos or the names ... of the taxi drivers, the journalists or the newspapers nor of the police officers, but if needed, we will publish them including their addresses, to see if by doing so the government will arrest them. We can´t defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession. It won´t be difficult. We all know who they are and where they are. You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him. And if anything happens to him, you (expletive) will always remember this upcoming November 5th . Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are a legion. We don't forgive. We don't forget. You wait and see.