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27 June 2007

San Antonio Express-News

Some Mexican media outlets, afraid of retaliation from drug lords, have shied away from reporting on the brutality ravaging the country.

The void has been filled by an unlikely source — an artist.

Using a bundle of tattered blankets as her canvas, Rosa Maria Robles splattered it with red paint — a gruesome representation of the bloody shrouds that encase victims of the drug wars in Mexico.

The exhibit, titled “Red Carpet,” is on display at a museum in Sinaloa, the northern state plagued by gangland murders.

The artist included what she claimed were blankets from actual crimes, although she refused to say where she got them, Reuters reported.

The display is no substitute for solid reporting by the media, but it represents a grim reminder of the violence in Mexico — and the critical need for the government to address it.

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