Early this morning members of CJNG hung dozens of narcomantas (banners) from pedestrian bridges and other points along the main highways and avenues leading into and out of the greater metropolitan Guadalajara area, with messages apologizing to the local citizens for the recent violent incidents in the state. (perhaps the apology is in other banners as it is not included in the one below)
The mantas state that their (CJNG) fight is against the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) cartel, the Los Zetas cartel, and abusive and corrupt authorities.
One of the banners read:
"With great respect to the citizenry, we are the CJNG. We want you to know that the problem is not with you, we are here to support you and support local businesses from the criminals and kidnappers, like the Zetas, the Knights Templars and abusive and corrupt authorities. We will defend Jalisco and other states, as we're now doing, even if we have to shed the blood of our own people,"
The hanging of the narcomantas immediately activated a security operation in the city's central area. Security agents began the immediate removal of the banners.
Among other places, CJNG banners were found along Avenida Revolución and Calle 40, at the intersection of Vallarta and Avenida Patria, in the Plaza de la Bandera, at Avenida Colón and Fresno heading toward colonia Miravalle, and at the intersection of Washington and Colón.
Other messages were located outside the urban area, in the direction of Tonala and at the entrance to the Guadalajara-La Barca highway.
The offices of the Local Police Commission and other government buildings state government buildings were guarded by the Fuerza Única (FU).
An increase in patrols by both the FU and federal authorities in different streets and avenues of the capital city was also implemented, including patrols in black patrol vehicles and even private vehicles, in which heavily armed police officials were seen.
These incidents occurred eight days after an attack on members of the FU in the town of San Sebastián del Oeste, where 15 policemen were killed and five others were seriously injured after an ambush at kilometer 55-56, heading toward Potrero de Abajo, and near the intersection with Soyatán.