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Foreign Policy, October 24, 2023
Chantal Flores

A lawsuit explores the extent to which manufacturers are culpable for global crime.

On June 19, 2021, a convoy of armed men drove into the border city of Reynosa, Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas, and opened fire on pedestrians. For more than eight hours, gunmen roamed four neighborhoods, kidnapping and killing 15 people, including two cab drivers, a nursing student, and a group of construction workers. After security forces were deployed throughout the city, four suspected gunmen were killed. In the days that followed, rumors spread on social media. People in Reynosa were afraid to go back out into the streets, factories shortened their night hours to protect their employees, and local businesses closed early.

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Photo: A boy holds a gun during training to protect himself from drug-related criminal groups in Ayahualtempan, Guerrero state, Mexico, on Jan. 24, 2020. Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images