September 11, 2001: Mexico stands by its neighbor

The United States will pause on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

pg1dThe dramatic events of 9/11 would reshape how Americans thought about the rest of the world, their own personal safety and their fellow citizens. Nothing was to be the same again. Those who are old enough will likely recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. For expats in Mexico, most of them far from their loved ones, it was a distressing time. Thankfully, Mexicans rallied round, offering their customary warmth and support. Here, we reprint one of the articles published in the Reporter’s edition of September 15, 2001, titled “Mexico suffers alongside U.S. friends.”

The terrorist strike on U.S. civilian and military targets left Mexican citizens as numbed as Americans.

The scene playing out in downtown Guadalajara Tuesday morning was repeated all over Mexico: crowds gathered outside department store windows watching in silence as events unfolded on multiple television screens. Cab drivers, shoe shiners, street vendors, traffic officers all stopped their labors as Mexican networks retransmitted the grotesque images of destruction.

Government officials, including Jalisco Governor Francisco Ramirez, wasted no time in condemning the attacks and expressing his solidarity with the people of the United States.

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