09/01/2018 Society

Violent Mexico: the weekend ends with 18 dead in two famous spas

There were several armed clashes in the Acapulco and Los Cabos tourist destinations

 

 
 

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At least 18 people died in Acapulco and Los Cabos, two spas of the Mexican Pacific, during several armed clashes this weekend, adding a new episode of violence in the tourist epicenters of the country.

In the rural area of ??Acapulco (Guerrero, south), a group of militiamen who oppose the La Parota dam project committed an armed attack against inhabitants of the town of La Concepción in the early hours of Sunday, during the celebration of a party.

In these events, eight people were killed, Guerrero Security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia told a press conference.

Soon after, more than 100 agents of the State Police and the Army were deployed to La Concepción, but the militiamen (called community guards) attacked the police forces to prevent their entry and the application of various arrest warrants.

 

 

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Thus, the agents repelled the aggression and killed three other militiamen, Álvarez Heredia said.

In the operation, 30 community police officers were arrested along with their leader, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, who were confiscated 580 doses of marijuana and seven weapons for the exclusive use of the armed forces, reported Xavier Olea, the state's attorney general.

Guerrero, home to popular beach destinations such as Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, is also one of the poorest states in the country and one of the hardest hit by organized crime violence.

 

 
 

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In recent days, a US municipal official who was vacationing in Zihuatanejo was shot to death.

The criminal gangs that operate there are colluding with local authorities and engaged in bloody disputes over the control of territories for the cultivation and trafficking of marijuana and poppy, as well as other activities such as extortion and kidnapping.

 

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