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Man is born free, but everywhere is in chains

28 December 2008


In Telmixco, Morelos, the neighbors turned in the grandmother of three children who kept them chained up when she went out to keep them from wandering in the street. At least that’s her story.  Preventative Police, Civil Protection units (EMT’s), the Fire Department and DIF (Family Services) all showed up — in force.

DIF (Family Protective Services) has taken charge of the children while the public ministry figures out what all they can charge granny — and the kids’ mother, who “forgot” about them — how to keep them locked up  for a long, long time.

Given that normally kids are allowed to run around and act like kids here… and everybody in the neighborhood keeps an eye on them, there may be more to the story than appeared in the media.   And, it’s a reminder that not every perverse act in Mexico has something to do with narcotics trafficking.  Mexico has it’s just plain mean people too.  And mean people suck.  And need to be locked up… though legally they can’t be chained to a wall for a couple of years.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 December 2008 1:12 pm

    What a pity the punishment for this one will never be made to fit the crime…

  2. 30 December 2008 1:14 pm

    Interesting and sad story.

    More interesting, though, is the background to your headline: it’s a quote by J.J. Rousseau, advocate for a humane and loving approach to children, and hater of all things that smacked of civilization or progress.

    But in his personal life, Rousseau sired, by his mistress Therese Levasseur, 5 children, each of which he promptly dumped at orphanages (where children had about a 10% chance of surviving to adulthood), and never again for his entire life saw or inquired about them.

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