Those banners are called "narco mantas" and you can find them all over Mexico. Usually they are strung up around 4am and are down by first light when a patrol passes by. They almost always directly follow or precede killings which are drug/mafia related. Cheaper than telemarketers and more effective! LOL! Quote: <table border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset"> Originally Posted by SchizzMan I'll say it again: the difficulty is in understanding how specific incidents of crime in Mexico are relevant to our own travels. This incident more than most. I'm grateful to the OP for sharing this with us but I don't agree with his conclusion since my risk profile is very different from this group. </td> </tr> </tbody></table> That is probably the single best statement I have seen on any BB regarding travel here in Mexico. I thought it should be repeated in case anyone missed it the first time around. Schizz has summed things up pretty well with that. When tourists were getting shot while taking the wrong turn in a rental car when leaving Miami airport back in the 80's did people stop visiting California? Or Wyoming?