Drug Lord Arrested in Tijuana, Mexico Sparking A Rash Of Violence
TIJUANA, MEXICO - In a series of violence beginning with the torching of cars, on the border, forced local inhabitants to remain home, as a cartel leader was arrested in Tijuana last weekend
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, visited Tijuana to observe the damage, he saw 30 burned vehicles and a very panicked public, as he endorsed Baja California's governor as he spoke about the events of the previous weekend.
On August 13th, U.S. government employees in Tijuana, Mexico, were told to shelter in place, and other U.S. citizens were instructed to avoid Baja California completely.
This was the warning from the U.S. Consulate:
"The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana is aware of reports of multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks, and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Tecate,..."
On Friday, August 12th, the drug cartel, Jalisco Nueva Generación, declared a curfew to begin in Tijuana and forced the streets to empty. Officials who are familiar with the area and have seen the local allegiances showed how the residents of Tijuana believe that the cartels can go toe-to-toe with the government, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The message, which threatened violence on a large scale, was issued against anyone walking around on the streets during the weekend in Baja California. Originally written in Spanish, the warning was this:
"Be warned. As of Friday at 10 p.m. through Sunday at 3 a.m. we're going to create mayhem so the ( expletive ) government frees our people. We're the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, we don't want to hurt good people but it's best they don't go outside, we're going to attack anyone we see on the streets on these days."
Following the warning, many burned cars were blocking streets and over two dozen stores had been burned in western Mexico. Graphic images started flooding social media, which showed men stealing cars and buses then setting them on fire, blocking the roads. Other men were shown setting stores and shops on fire.
According to CBS News, the Mexican President revealed in his statement with the local Governor that the Mexican military had confronted a group of criminals which included major bosses, at a high-level meeting between two different cartels, on Tuesday in Jalisco. A shootout ensued between the cartels and the military, and arrests were made. The violence followed in Tijuana and Guanajuato.
The names of the individuals arrested have not been released.
Since 2006, Mexico has been constantly entangled with cartel violence. There have been more than 340,000 souls lost since then.
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