Tuesday night was a violent one for the city of Guadalajara due to at least seven dangerous assaults including grenade explosions, shootouts and blockades of vital roads, allegedly by members of organized crime. One person is reported dead.
The violence coincided with the delivery of the fourth State of the State by Governor Emilio González Márquez (PAN). In June, the capital of Jalisco will be the site of the Pan-American games.
Due to the situation, an urgent meeting was held at the governor’s house with González Márquez and his chief collaborators. Later the Secretary of State, Fernando Guzmán Pérez Peláez, announced to the press that this Wednesday a committee of state, municipal, and federal functionaries would meet in order to evaluate the situation.
VIOLENCE IN GUADALAJARA
The first violent event happened at 7:00 pm when a grenade exploded in the municipality of Tonolá, in the metropolitan zone of Guadalajara.
Two hours later a public transit bus was torched and left burning beneath the Jorge Matute Remus Bridge, a new road that was just opened last weekend. The bus driver indicated that various individuals boarded the bus, paid their fare, and a few blocks later, insisted that he block the roadway with the bus. The passengers were taken off the bus. The suspects doused the interior of the bus with gasoline, then lit it on fire.
At 9:00 pm, on the highway to Chapala, near the Guadalajara airport, a fragmentation grenade was hurled at a tractor trailer owned by the Transcar Company. The armed contingent later opened fire on the tractor trailer. The driver escaped uninjured. The semi truck obstructed traffic until 11:30 pm when it was removed from the roadway by personnel from the Forensic Science Services.
Between 9:45 and 10:00 pm three other incidents were reported. The first happened at the intersection of Periférico and Morelos Streets where three minors were detained for an attempted Molotov cocktail attack on a vehicle. At 9:50 pm, at the corner of Central and Vallarta avenues in Ciudad Granja, there was an explosion that left one person dead. At 11:30 pm at the intersection of Las Fuentes and Lopez Mateos streets there was another attempted attack, but the suspect fled before any damage could be done.
The Secretary of State, Fernando Guzmán Pérez Peláez, stated that the violence was an “orquestrated attack carried out by organized crime” and called for the citizens of Jalisco to “act as one to protect the tranquility of [their] state.”
He further stated that during the course of the day [Tuesday] several members of organized crime cells were apprehended by the SSP, and perhaps the apprehensions were the impetus that unleashed the attacks on the city. Last weekend, in different parts of the city, five narco-mantas were located with messages directed at various state government functionaries. The narco-messages were signed by the Milenio Cartel.
On Saturday near the Miguel Hidalgo Airport, an armed contingent blockaded the roadway, hurled a grenade at a tractor trailer, and torched three vehicles.
Translated by BB ReaderSource: eleconomista.com