November 14, 2011
by Ana Arana
At least one Mexican Twitter user was detained by local police after a series of sarcastic tweets made after a helicopter crash that killed Mexico’s interior minister Francisco Blake Mora, as well as seven other Mexican officials. A citizen identified as Mareo Flores or @MareoFlores was detained by local police based on tweets he made on 11 and 12 November. One of his tweets sent after the crash, said in English “Secretario de Gobernación singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly…”. According to his father, Mareo was arrested by men who arrived in five unmarked blackcars on 13 November, and released a few hours later after prosecutors interviewed him. Federico Areola of SDP Noticias criticised officials for the arrest, because the official investigation indicates that the crash was an accident, rather than an assassination. Another Twitter user, @Morfe0, also gained fame on 11 November, after it was revealed he had predicted the helicopter crash in a message he sent out on 10 November, joking that Mexicans should avoid Paseo de la Reforma, a famous avenue in Mexico City because ministers would fall from the sky on the account of the ominous 11/11/11 date. He was also referencing the 2008 death of another interior minister, Juan Camilo Mouriño, who died after the Lear jet in which he was traveling crash near Reforma Avenue.