October 2nd, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Armed gang abducts busload of tourists in Mexico

A policeman stands guard in street where Mexican tourists were kidnapped Thursday.

Gunmen have abducted a busload of tourists in Acapulco, Mexico, a spokesman for the Guerrero State attorney general's office told CNN on

The 22 people were captured by an armed gang Friday night. All those aboard the bus were Mexican nationals from the neighboring state of Michoacan.

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  1. Mr. Davidson

    There's no money in Mexico and it's just small potatoes compared to Afganistan were our government sends hundreds of billions every week out of our country to corrupt politicians over there and then to the UAE banks into special interest accounts of our special insider corporations ,yes the same one who most congress people have stock trades with ,you know, the only good deal ,is a sure deal and thats why they're rich.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |

    I have to agree with some of you. America shouldn't waste its time imposing governments in the middle east. If they want to be a dictatorship, they are a dictatorship. America should have gone into Afghanistan, bombed the border till it was leveled, drone striked'em and left. We wasted AMERICAN Taxpayer dollars in a war for oil and republican popularity (Iraq).

    October 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Huatulco

    I'm Mexican and am aware that the problem is not the drug trade but the wide-spread corruption in Mexico that feeds off its nearly unlimited earnings. The day Americans stop snorting junk, the violence here will end.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Burns

      Yeah, it's Americas fault. 200 years of freedom, and they still can't make it outta the stone age, blame America.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |

    PS. S. Colbert, you are ridiculously infatuated with Comedy Central.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David T.

    I expect all of those who want to stop the "genocide" in Mexico now to head on the next bus down there and bring a weapon.

    Leave us and our troops out of it!

    October 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andrew K

    For the sake of the tourists, I hope their family is rich otherwise they're as good as dead! really really sad! you can't even go visit a tourist spot in your own country!!

    October 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kenny

    I hope Americans have better sense than to go to Mexico with the silly thought that they will be safe and OK or that their government would come and get them released. It ain't gonna happen. I feel sorry for the Mexican Nationals that were abducted down there. I just hope Americans are smarter than that.

    What am I saying? There are probably some on the way down there as I write this statement. I really don't want to call them stupid but I can find nothing better to describe them. STUPID.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drcid777

    Huatulco-If it were true that America's drug consumption was the cause of Mexico's violence, then Canada, sharing a border with the U.S., would also be embroiled in mass killings and beheadings since drugs can be manufactured anywhere these days. But it is not. The choices of the citizens of a country matter; the leaders they pick, the government and justice system they choose, their priorities and values, the country's birth rate,i.e. having children when you can support them and at least have the possibilty of jobs are available.And so it goes. Mexico is #1 silver producer in the world, #5 oil producer, major tourist desrtination but mostly being mired in povertyand their violent horrible situation couldn't be their responsibility, their lack of integrity. It's the States' fault, of course. Can you imagine Mexico's reaction if Americans working in Mexico sent most of their hard earned billions of $ back to their families in the U.S., spending little in Mexico? The truth stays hidden

    October 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • r smith

      very well put

      October 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • geneven

      Canada isn't on the drug pathway to the US. It's true that Canada has a stronger government - that doesn't make the situation in Mexico only Mexico's fault. The same force that allowed Canada to keep the US from taking Canada's land and yet the US was allowed to take Mexico's land allows the US to have more influence in other ways in Mexico. Maybe if we hadn't stolen Texas and California from Mexico it would be better off.

      October 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. r smith

    maybe they'll drive that busload of tourists into arizona now that the feds have gotten out of the way

    October 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. beasterdamas

    Mexico has an Army a they need to use it and pay their soldiers and officers accordingly...Corruption in the Military is the same as in the US...Where 1 time wonders will get out of the Military and go to work for Blackwater or Triple Canopy because they make $1000 – $1500 per day as civilian contractors...It's the same in Mexico except in this case drugs and kidnapping pay more...

    October 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. T Good

    Hello CNN, what has happened to your news values that this story has been placed 13th after Britain's new religion? HELLO – if it bleeds it leads!

    October 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. admiral 149

    Mexico is a sovereign country, and one that I have traveled to on many happy occasions. Mexicans will work through this drug violence. THe government must declare war on these cartels who seem to have no regard for civilian casualties. At least here it seems most of the casualties are people involved in the drug trade in one for or another. Eventually the gangs will go too far and the public will demand and support government intervention. Until this happens it will get worse. There is nothing that the U. S. could do to stop violence in Mexico other than support the police in Mexico.

    October 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • what

      The govt. must declare war on the cartels? They declared war on them almost 4 years ago...

      Or are you talking about the US govt.?

      October 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marquisdelafayette

    The best way to stop the drug war is by building a huge 20 foot double fence to stop people and drugs from coming in , just like they do in other countries .. once this is built the drug lords will quickly run out of money and wither away .

    October 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NAMMY

    Countries imploding, US backed the status quo and was willing to bear the price of illegal immigration but no more. The US cannot and should not participate here. People of Mexico time to step up and seize control of your own destiny. Your freedom will not be free, the cost will be horrific but step up, the time is now. We will be waiting for you on the other side. Good luck.

    October 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. what


    "Did Mexico ever help the United States during its times of crisis? Take your time. Plus if we actually did do anything they'd all sit around and call us imperialists..."

    The Mexican Army provided aid after Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps you should do some research before mouthing off.

    Thomas F Gibson

    "How about we invade Mexico and take it over. Then all we have to defend is a small border at the bottom of the country. Most Mexicans want to be Americans anyway!"

    Yeah, another costly war. How's taking over Afghanistan working out? Also, it won't solve the immigration issue. There will still be illegals coming in from Central and South America. Also, most Mexicans want to be Americans? LOL, right. How much do you want to bet there would be another insurgency if the US decided to invade and occupy Mexico?


    October 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
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