This past week, in Mexico’s northern city of Monterrey, 52 people perished in a fiery conflagration at a gambling establishment known as the Casino Royale.

Monterrey is one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities. Its residents, known as regiomontanos, exhibit a strong work ethic and are known for their industriousness and thriftiness.

In recent years, however, the security situation there has plummeted, with the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas fighting it out.

On August 25th, 2011, a Monterrey casino was set ablaze by criminals.

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Article by Allan Wall, published on  Aug. 30th, 2011  on  News with Views.