September 27, 2011: Anarchist bombing in Mexico

Mexican anarchists threw two incendiary devices against a Walmart in the capital city as the initial salvo of the ‘war against the existing order’.

Anarchy is literally the ‘absence of order’: so what do these terrorists want to put in its place?

MEXICO CITY – Do you like shopping? ‘Coz I sure don’t. No siree! I cannot think of anything less pleasurable than spending a day in a mall or a big box store wandering down aisles looking at ‘stuff’ – unless it is a used bookstore (which are going the way of the dodo by the way).

Speaking of big box stores, is there ANYTHING redeeming about them? A new Costco just went up a few kilometres from our old house and I have already seen the insane traffic around it (making me grateful for our decision to sell and move to a small town south of Ottawa).

One such outlet that gets a lot of criticism is Walmart. The US chain invaded Canada many years ago and has taken over (not so Target, which proved to be a disaster here: I guess they ‘mistargeted’ their market share). Walmart is a soulless place IMHO.

Stores like this have long attracted the ire of many on the leftish side of the political spectrum. Whether it is the fact that their employees are paid little more than slave wages or the ways in which they screw the little guy – and force independent stores out of business – there are many that hate them.

And some resort to terrorism to make their point.

On this day in 2011

On this day in 2011 a Mexican variant of an anarchist group called the ‘Fire Cells of the Anarchist Federation’ threw two incendiary devices at several shops in the capital, including a Walmart. There were no injuries and little damage. The perpetrators referred to their bombs as ‘liberating’ and aimed at starting a ‘war against the existing order’.

Nuestro primer ataque incendiario fue realizado el día 27 de septiembre por las células del Distrito Federal desatando el fuego liberador en la bodega ubicada en Avenida Pacífico, entre Miguel Ángel de Quevedo y Eje 10 Sur, delegación Coyoacán, Distrito Federal. Dado inicio a la guerra contra el orden existente.

While I share the anarchists’ distaste for Walmart I cannot condone their practices. If you hate the big box stores, don’t shop there. Frequent the independents, as I do.

And don’t chuck bombs – at anyone.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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