Hackers broke into at least 10 government websites and other agencies Sunday to mark Mexican Independence Day.
“This is a peaceful cyber protest,” one of the messages posted by the hackers reads, according to the BBC. “We are not criminals, we are students, workers, and productive Mexicans who are fed up and looking for a way to express our disagreement,” it continued.
The message adds that President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was elected via dishonest means. Democracy in Mexico, the message reads, was “stolen” during the elections.
The hackers called themselves the Ciber Protesta Mexicana, and are not connected with hacker group Anonymous, according to The Associated Press.
The message also slammed current President Felipe Calderon for poorly managing the Mexican economy, the BBC reported. The hackers also said the army’s campaign against the cartels, which Calderon launched, has only created more bloodshed.
Since 2006, more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence, while some groups say the number is higher. On Sunday, the mutilated bodies of 17 men were discovered on a farm in central Mexico, with officials blaming the deaths on cartels, AP reported.
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