Juárez mayor derides video game

City of Juárez

Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía Lardizábal (Photo courtesy city of Juarez)

Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía Lardizábal says his city is nothing like it is depicted in the new video game, “Call of Juárez: The Cartel.”

He said in a news release that the game makers are guilty of throwing mud at a city of great strength. There was no indication of whether the mayor had played or seen the video game.

Released this week, the game features a DEA agent, an FBI agent and a Los Angeles homicide cop taking on a drug cartel.

Murguía said there is little the city can do about the game, given its international origin and distribution. He used his forum with the media to blast what he sees as mistreatment of Mexican citizens in the US.

“We totally reject the racist and discriminatory treatment given against some of our fellow citizens in Arizona,” he said, also criticizing the results of a recent poll that found many in El Paso want to distance the city from  Juárez because of the Mexican border city’s high crime rate.

“To have a better world, these are times where you must collaborate with all countries to better balance the flaws with the strengths you have with each other to improve the living standards of both countries,” Murguía said.

He said the local, state and federal governments are doing their best for Juárez.

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