Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Besieged Mexico Border Town Takes to Arms to Confront Cartel Thugs, Mayor Says
One small northern Mexico community, surrounded by Cartel thugs, is taking matters into their own hands.
The people of Uruachi, Chihuahua have begun to arm themselves in a last attempt to protect themselves against a group of 12 armed men surrounding the community, Mayor Aldo Campos said.
"They have us surrounded. From here you can see the armed men that are in the mountains and the danger of it all is that the town's people are arming themselves to confront them," Campos said in a press conference.
The mayor said that the community's young people are supposed to look for more weapons to fight back against the group of cartel assassins that have posted themselves in the hills surrounding the community.
Campos explained that last Friday around 12 armed men arrived and since then they have been involved in a series of skirmishes and attacks against other groups that have left various homes damaged.
"We are worried that the men have blended into our community. We aren't afraid and we know what to do. The young people are already looking for weapons," he said.
The mayor lamented the fact that the presence of soldiers and police investigators has not put the situation under control and "it has not scared off the assassins."
A spokesman for the Attorney General of Chihuahua, Carlos González, told Efe that the armed group arrived at the village on Friday looking for several people, but he denies that the men continue to besiege the place.
González reiterated that once the soldiers and police investigators arrived the armed group fled.
The spokesman for the agency said that the mayors statements could be "a reaction from his own fear," and noted that everything is "under control."
As of now there are no reported deaths or injuries since the alleged presence of the armed group, González said.
The Chihuahua hills have served as a hiding spot for armed criminal groups that work for rival cartels Sinaloa and Juárez, both of which are continuing to fight for control of Ciudad Juárez, near the United States border.
Chihuahua is considered to be the most violent state in Mexico. The state also accounts for nearly 30 percent of the more than 40,000 assassinations that have taken place in Mexico over the last four and a half years.
Mayor Aldo Campos in a pre-election interview June 2010.
Apparently this is not the first time this has happened in Uruachi, this video is from 5 months ago.
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