September 16th, 2010
08:46 PM ET

People of Juarez celebrate Mexico's Bicentennial in exile

Snipers watch over the celebration of Mexico's Bicentennial in Ciudad Juarez.

Violence provoked by drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, known as the homicide capital of Mexico, caused Mexico's Bicentennial festivities to be celebrated in silence there.

From the balcony of City Hall, Mayor José Reyes Ferriz led the ceremony Wednesday before an empty plaza under the close watch of Federal Police and the Mexican Army. A helicopter flew overhead as snipers stood on roofs and heavily armed agents guarded points of entry.

Fearing an attack, authorities decided to cancel the popular celebration. The official act was transmitted via radio and television to people who were asked to stay in their homes.

Authorities launched fireworks from six points throughout the city to prevent large gatherings.

Official reports indicated there were no attacks against authorities as has occurred on various occasions since the end of 2007, when drug-related violence escalated to levels never seen before.
With Juarez's cancelation of the popular celebration, thousands crossed the border to El Paso, Texas, to join those living in the United States so they would not miss the celebration.

At least 10,000 people, mostly Mexicans, enjoyed an atmosphere of stability that they have not had in their own country this year.

The event, organized by the Mexican Consulate, had all the necessary elements - flags, traditional music and snacks - which united the large amount of people in celebration.

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  1. phil

    Remember the Alamo! Where turn-coat Americans abandoned their homeland in exchange for land and services to the Mexican government. Then they got greedy and decided they could enlist the US gov. to help them steal the land. The US gov. wasn't so stupid then and refused to help. What happened next can be learned from classroom history books.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daughter of the Republic of Texas

      You are an idiot sir. We didn't ask for help from the US government. Texas became an independent republic after events of the Alamo. It did not even want to be a state in the union. It only did so after the gov't coaxed it in. Before you go spewing your lies about Texas, please actually learn the history! If I had my way, we would leave the union right now and again become an independent state. REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!!!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. thetruth

    And hurry before the progressives rewrite it to fit their immigration agenda!

    September 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil's already been rewritten, published, approved by both (D) and (R) Congress for distribution throughout our educational system. "It" being the flag-waving version of the Alamo. How did you miss that?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. TexVet

    Phil, may I ask what state you live in???? I guess you'd say that land was not STOLEN from the native americans! What a moron you are.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. scot

    please – let's have texas leave the union! and take all the other ignorant right wing states with you as well. make the chimp your emperor. let's call it retardistan

    September 17, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. HernandezUSA

    Scot and Phil . please take your Neo-Nazi-Hate-Mongering selves along with ALL the illegals and LEAVE the UNION and go screw up their Countries and leave America alone.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HernandezUSA

    Oh and please take your wan be emperor "OB" along with you.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HernandezUSA

    The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas). All but two of the Texian defenders were killed. Santa Anna's perceived cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.

    The major consequence of the war was the Mexican Cession of the territories of California and New Mexico to the United States in exchange for $15 million. In addition, the United States forgave debt owed by the Mexican government to U.S. citizens. Mexico accepted the Rio Grande as its national border, and the loss of Texas.

    So after Mexico was robbing Americans, the United States was forced to defend its own Citizen and after defeating Mexico. the United State paid Mexico for the land... So no land was stolen we actually PAID for it.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. scot

    say, how'd that iraq war work out for your emperor? pretty proud of that, are ya?

    September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |