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Laura Zappata Liberated.

Sat Oct 12, 2002 5:15 am

Spanish speaking A.netters must have been aware that the Mexican actress Laura Zappata had been kidnapped since Sept. 22, 2002 along with her sister Ernestina Zoddy. Thank God she was liberated last night at about 10pm but her sister remains kidnapped.
To our fellow A.netters in Mexico- any recent news on this.
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RE: Laura Zappata Liberated.

Sat Oct 12, 2002 5:31 am

This sadly appears to be a growing trend in Latin America. I was reading somewhere that Sao Paulo averages some five ransom-related kidnappings a day. I have a friend who is originally from that city and he had the misfortune of going through a hold up where he was robbed of his wallet. He got out of it unscathed, but his brother wasn't so lucky when he went through a similar situation. He was shot in the head point blank just for his watch. He's still alive, but severely disfigured. This prompted my friend to leave Brazil as he didn't see it as a place to raise his son.

I'm planning on going to Latin America in a couple of months. Sao Paulo, because of it's similarity to my city -- New York City -- was my number one choice of destination. My friend and a former co-worker of mine, who is also from Sao Paulo, told me that under no circumstances should I go to Sao Paulo. Maybe I'll go to Buenos Aires instead, though I hear these sorts of kidnappings are becoming more common there.

Seems like Mexico City is not immune to these things either. I hope the situation improves soon. Good thing Zappata got out alive...
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RE: Laura Zappata Liberated.

Sat Oct 12, 2002 5:49 am

It is such a shame these kinds of things also happen here in Mexico. I assume they kidnapped them because of their sister Thalia and all her fame and fortune. Usually public persons like them don´t get kidnapped here. However, Im glad they´re ok now and lets hope that things improve in the near future. And lets see how it goes with the new plan the Mexico City goverment made about having consulting work done by Rudolph Guliani to fight crime. By the way, what do you think, would it help?
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RE: Laura Zapata Liberated.

Sat Oct 12, 2002 9:11 am


I am glad she is free... But not so glad the family didn't ask the police to go on with this case...

Well, Alvaro... I am having my doubts... I don't really think Mexico City will really upgrade it's safety situation if there is not a change in the mind of the common average Mexican citizen...

Let's face it... Corruption... Attitude... Education... We have to improve all this, because I don't really think the solution is outside... The answer is between us...
We can have all sort of experts in transportation, public safety or whatever, former excellent majors (Guliani's case), but if there is not a change in the way the people thinks, this city will stay the way it is...

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RE: Laura Zappata Liberated.

Sat Oct 12, 2002 10:17 am


MY RECOMMENDATION, DON'T do what other PEOPLE, tell to you to do... leave your own experiences... go to Brazil!! I've never been there, but I would love to visit Brazil one day!! Yes, there's crime etc etc, but is like any other city in the world, here in Mexico City I've had the fortune that never has happened something to me... around a year ago I was in Italy... some blocks away Trev'is Fountain, guess what?? As the older cousin.. I was in charge of my two cousin's one 9 an the other 4... we were walking while my aunt enter to a store, we waited for her outside, I had a bag pack, my little cousin ask for water.. There was a bottle of water in the bag pack, and other personal tourist belongins, camara's, video camera's, batteries, cash, etc etc, I put it down in the floor, take out the water, give it to her, while I was kind of distracted, a man behind my back, was approaching and took away the bag pack, also very stupid from me because I left it on the floor instead of getting it into my back... at that moment, I was very surprised of what it happened, I though that was never going to happen... but anyway I would go back to Italy for I don't know how many times...

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