Sporting Shock Doctrine: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, Olympics and Brazilian Democracy
“The countries change, but the scenario stays the same: a profit orgy and a tax haven for corporate sponsors and private security firms, obscene public spending on new stadiums and the brutal cuts that fall on the backs of the poor when the party’s over,”
“Who does the corner belong to?” Rebecca Alejandra Lopez yelled to a crowd of a few hundred women marching down a busy commercial street in Mexico City during a May Day demonstration. “Those who work it!” they replied in unison.
The call-and-response was meant to highlight the rights of sex workers who make a living on the corners of some of Mexico’s grittiest neighborhoods.
In 2004, 24-year-old Nadia Alejandra Muciño was found dead in her home with a rope and an electrical cord tied around her throat.
Even though all signs pointed to murder via strangulation, and there had been a documented record of incidents of domestic violence, authorities declared Mucino’s death a suicide.
Muciño wasn’t assassinated in Ciudad Juárez — the Mexican border metropolis in the Northern state of Chihuahua — which has become internationally known for these kinds of gruesome murders that largely target young women.
No, Muciño was murdered in the state of Mexico — on the outskirts of the capital city, wheref emicides or the killing of women, topped the nation’s murder statistics.