Above, a video released on September 24 by a group in Mexico identified as "Mata Zetas," or "Zetas Killers." In the video, they claim to be a counter-cartel vigilante force, and vow to kill members of the notorious drug cartel responsible for gruesome murders that have been the subject of recent international media attention. They describe Los Mata Zetas as an "extermination" force, a kind of self-appointed guerrilla army that works as the armed front "of the people and for the people," but refrains from extortion and kidnapping.
More about the videos at CNN and via AP. Things keep getting weirder and weirder down there. Caveat viewer: in war, everything isn't always what it seems. The men in the video are believed to be linked to the rival Sinaloa cartel, based on the similarity between this video and similar previous videos that hit the internet months and years back, later traced to that crime organization.
One side note that may be strange about this for internet audiences in the US, perhaps, is the accidental parallelism with Anonymous in some of the rhetoric. "We are anonymous warriors," says the man in the ski mask.
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