Army bulldozes ‘Holy Death’ chapels

The army used excavators to destroy 30 chapels dedicated to Santa Muerte, “Holy Death,” the patron saint of drug traffickers, on the highway between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey. The chapels, including at least one with two stories, started proliferating in 2007. According to one official, “When you enter or leave Nuevo Laredo, you see these chapels, which are impressive—a spectacle—but the people were constantly complaining that they leave the impression that it was a place of criminals.” (Reforma 3/25)

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