8/24/2017 The Washington Submit By Joshua Partlow
ACAPULCO, Mexico — From the crescent bay and swaying palms, the taxi drivers of Acapulco will need just 10 minutes to get to this other, plundered globe.
Below, in a neighborhood called Renacimiento, a pharmacy is smeared with gang graffiti. Market stalls are charred by fire. Taco stands and dentists’ places of work, hair salons and vehicle-entire body workshops — all stand empty driving roll-down metallic gates.
On Friday afternoons, however, the parking large amount at the Oxxo ease shop in this brutalized barrio buzzes to existence. Dozens of taxi drivers pull up. It is time to pay the boys.
When the a few young gunmen drive up in a white Nissan Tsuru, Armando, a 55-12 months-previous cabbie, scribbles his four-digit taxi quantity on a scrap of paper, folds it close to a 100-peso observe and slips it into their black plastic bag. This is his weekly payment to Acapulco’s prison underworld — about $5, or about 50 % what he earns in a working day.
“They have the energy,” said Armando, who determined himself only by his initial identify due to the fact he feared reprisal. “They can do regardless of what they want.”
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