The Chihuahua city council has banned the performance and distribution of a genre of music known as ‘narcocorridos’ – songs whose lyrics are inspired by drug trafficking and organised crime bosses – within city limits.
The new law was implemented shortly after a shooting at a narcocorrido concert in the nearby city of Parral that reportedly left two people dead and one, Alfredito Olivas, wounded.
Those in violation of the statute could face fines of around $20,000 dollars and up to 36 hours in jail.
This is not the first time that lawmakers in the state of Chihuahua – or Mexico, for that matter – have tried to clamp down on the influence of narco singers. In 2011, Chihuahua’s state legislature approved a statewide ban on narcocorridos, but it was never implemented by the municipality.
» Fox News Latino – 17 March 2015:
Mexican city bans ‘narcocorridos’ after shooting at concert leaves two dead
» Excelsior – 13 March 2015:
Sanciones de 300 mil pesos a quien interprete o difunda narcocorridos
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