Monday, April 25, 2016

Panic in Acapulco: Two Hours of Shootouts


Mexican soldiers secure a tourist area after gunmen attacked a hotel where federal police stay in Acapulco on April 24, 2016
(Pedro Pardo / AFP/Getty Images)


By: Ezequiel Flores Contreras | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

At least two armed attacks were reported on Sunday night in a similar manner against a hotel where federal agents stay and towards the offices of the federal police (PF).  They unleashed a wave of shootouts in different parts of the port of Acapulco that caused panic and terror amongst citizens.

The shootouts lasted for more than two hours along the main tourist route, along Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán (Coastal Avenue Miguel Alemán), where dozens of people were trapped in shopping centers, stores, and restaurants.

However, the federal police, through its official Twitter account, downplayed the events when they informed at 23:10 hours: “In #Acapulco an incident left an alleged suspect dead.  Situation under control and without danger to citizens”.

Nevertheless, official reports indicate that around 21:53 hours, an armed attack occurred against Hotel Alba Suites, located in the division Las Playas in the traditional area of the port where the federal police is staying.

Then, the uniformed repelled the attack, taking down an alleged suspect and beginning a chase that lasted throughout several streets.

In a similar manner, another armed group attacked the offices of the federal police base located in a building marked with the numbers 125 along the coastal avenue in the golden area of Acapulco.

In both attacks, only one agent was reported with minor injuries and one alleged suspect dead, official reports indicate.

 The shootouts generated by the persecution against the gunmen were reported along the coast which closed traffic at various points, in neighborhoods such as Bocamar, La Laja and Progreso, all located in the heart of the urban area of Acapulco.

The attacks against the federal police and the shootouts registered last night, occur after the arrest of the alleged leader of a faction of the Cártel Independiente de Acapulco (CIDA) (Independent Cartel of Acapulco), Fredy Del Valle Berdel, aka “El Burro”, who was captured Saturday in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.


So far, no state and municipal authorities have set a position on this events that show the failure of the security strategy to try to reverse the effects of drug violence in the main tourist destination of the state.

In contrast, the PRI governor Héctor Astudillo, who had first asked reporters to take a pact of silence in regards to drug violence, and then stated that the closing of shops in Acapulco is due to them providing bad service, announced that he would be present this morning at the Tianguis Turístico Internacional (International Tourism Expo) that was held at Guadalajara, Jalisco.


Source: Proceso

55 comments:

  1. Valor,someone important must be mad at the reporting of news in Acapulco as a news corespondent from El Sol de Acapulco was killed this morning. El periodista Francisco Pacheco Beltrán.

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    1. Francisco was killed in Taxcp three hours away.

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    2. 8:19 taxco is famous for its silver artisans, but the silver is all that matters, and nosy reporters are not wanted anywhere in mexico, when the mines are exhausted, the mexican owned "shaft" gets filled with bodies too.

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  2. In the 1990s I dreamt of retiring, buying myself a couple hundred acres and building me a hacienda in Mexico. Now you couldn't pay me to live in Mexico even if someone gave me a couple hundred acres. Keep your country with all it's criminals and corrupt politicians.

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    1. Go to Costa Rica instead. It's a much better place to retire.

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    2. I think you watch to many news articles buddy. Mexico with all it's criminals and corrupt politicians still has a big group of gringos buying and fixing haciendas and many more gringos who buy properties by the sea in many more tourist destinations. In some beach places houses go from $250,000 to millions of dollars thanks to the gringos who have decided to buy here. How many times have you heard of gringos to be killed in Mexico? Not that many. Have you seen the news in the USA? Is not that safe either.

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    3. @April 26, 2016 at 7:27 AM
      What's the reason they don't go after gringo's that live there? Gated communities? Private security?

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    4. That's what scares me I'm not a gringo.

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    5. @April 26, 2016 at 5:40 AM
      Costa Rica safe for gringo's to retire? - for how long.

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    6. You are a pendejo to think think mexico is just like one city how about all the death gang ridden citys in the usa? You must think usa is hell on earth in your form of thinking

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    7. Them r stupid Americans most people here wldnt want land across if it was free gtfoh

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    8. AnonymousApril 26, 2016 at 3:41 PM The main reason is that criminals are not looking to kill people just because. Most of the people who get killed is people who are fighting the criminals or those who get cough on a fire fight.

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    9. I am retired in Ajijic, all ok, we love it here.

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    10. 3:30 maann, that is like further away than the boondocks...

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  3. Great! Let's all head to Mexico for vacation. Crime is down! According to their tour info. Whatever! BB you guys fail to relize you are also great for tourists. Based on the past 4 posts, the advisory is "stay the hell out of Mexico."

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    1. Mexico has millions of tourist how many times have you heard of tourist getting killed?

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    2. I love mexico and the mexicans, but because of its corrupt, murdering, genocidal, kidnapping caricature of government i'll have to say THANKS, BUT NO, THANKS...
      --and when this government is gone, it will go back to its cartels all over the place all over again, just as it did before, spent 12 years out of power just to steal the election and come back WORSE THAN EVER...
      --I PROPOSE PEOPLE'S TRIBUNALS AND FIRING SQUADS ALL OVER THE PLACE before I start believing the "propaganda turistica" diseñada para engañar turistas pendejos.

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    3. @April 26, 2016 at 7:28 AM
      2 Australian surfers murdered.

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  4. The federal police successfully defended their hotels where they have not paid the bill for years and the owners want to kick their arses to the curb...
    These attacks where:
    1"attacker died"1 and all the whole balacera STINK OF HOMEMADE BS.

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    1. I think the cops unpaid bill was for just a few months and I think I read recently that the govt. had settled the account with the hotels.

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    2. Oh shit, I liked it better before they paid,
      --then again maybe they just said it was settled,.I just can't see anything positive coming out of the mexican "government".

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    3. Hey, let's call this hotel el Hotel Chapultepec for the heroic defense the police did of their digs...

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    4. Nah, how about el hotel del wild wild west ?
      :)

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    5. There is a corrido about this, el Piporro's dos horas de balazos, policias y ladrones...

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  5. But it's safe they tell us, safe!

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    1. Have you seen any news about tourist getting killed?

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    2. How many people was murdered in USA in 2015?

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    3. USA has had 6000 murders on this year alone.
      How safe is that?

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    4. That's super safe my kompita

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    5. How many people were murdered/disapeared in Mexico within 2015?

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    6. The Temo go tell that to the people killed in Riverside or to the families killed just last week.

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    7. @ 7:40 Yea, but you don't hear of 43 being shot at once in the USA nor of mass graves. Go bullshit some one else.

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    8. 6000 was in one year in mexico, 6000 dead in US was a count for all kinds of different deaths...US is safe if your not in the game!

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    9. Yeah TEMO? Go tell that to the families who just got killed last week.

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    10. MR. anonymous it's raw humor :) don't U think every1 knows that the mexikan government is a fuckN joke?lying 2 their own people's N murdering innocents like it's all good

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    11. In reality, Mexico is a safe as the USA statistically. USA has on average 33,000 gun deaths per year, every year. That annual death toll, is as high as Mexico was at its peak in 2010.

      Its simply a question of perception. As a Caucasian, I could walk into any crip neighbourhood at night, there is a good chance I would be mugged or maybe killed, probably the same if I went into a Florencia 13 barrio.

      USA has just as many dangerous places as Mexico, but my safety in either country is a factor of a) do I look like a victim, and b) don't be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    12. Please add to the 22,000 in US "officially" murdered the 34,000 "gun accidents" + 18,000 death by legal and illegal substance - EVERY YEAR!, then we can talk about how Acapulco became the Mexican Chicago ...

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    13. @otis what do u know about the florencia 13 ??? Are u from south central LA

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    14. What do you think ive been doing for the last year here at BB? writing and translating articles on Cartels and Gangs.
      What do I know about Florencia 13? I know I wouldn't be welcome wandering about in their barrio at night as a Caucasian. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work that out.

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    15. Ohh look,,its turned into the Mexico v USA roundabout,,,again..
      Such lovely people

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    16. 9.23
      " @ otis what do u know about the florencia 13 "

      Listen to fuckin Benny Blanco here ?
      What the fuck do you know about Florencia ?

      Stop trying to be a half assed goon.
      Otis-B probably knows more about them than you do.Anyway,thanks for the work Otis-B

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  6. Let barbie back so he can control it

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    1. 10:21 I second that motion, la Barbie for military zone commander, or at least presidente municipal, he earns his own money, spends it over there and leaves no titere con cabeza, except for genaro garcia luna, Eduardo pequeño, francisco rosas?
      Todo el equipo de policia federal corrupt y SSP QUE tenian "comprado" los hicieron bien güeyes..."a nivel Dios"

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  7. I always had a bad vibe in Acapulco and for many years. To me the people are not as friendly as in other tourist destinations. Puerto Vallarta has always been one of the friendliest destinations in Mexico as far as I am concerned. Cancun is also friendly. Not many gringo's here in Chihuahua, but they are treated extremely well here. Just not a great tourist destination unless you want to go to the many people attractions in the Sierra's and other areas. The only problem with that is it is a gable to head into the mountains.

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  8. They always say tourists are not killed, but 1., there's nearly no tourists there aside from holiday weekends when Mexico City empties into Acapulco and 2. that's BS because if you do enough reading and following of Acapulco, often innocents are getting caught in the crossfire...One in front of Walmart grazed by a bullit and one killed at Tabares II strip bar. I reckon the number of Mexican tourists killed don't reach US news. Again, you can go there now and anytime during the week, you will find 10-20% occupancy at best at the hotels. Restaurants are empty....Most bars are closed during the week and all discos are closed during the week. I've traveled to Acapulco for 2 decades and have watched it's decline painfully over the past decade. Though nothing bad has happened to me, your a sitting duck walking around at night alone....All you see is military and armed police everywhere....IMO, it's like a ghetto, but with a nice view in many ways. Much of the main drag has gone downhill. It's sad because the people are pretty cool in general and the view and weather can't be beat, but you can't predict when bullets will fly. The businesses have no clue about customer service. In other Mexican resort cities, customer service is top priority. I wouldn't trash all of Mexico based on the bad situation in Acapulco. I honestly do NOT see things getting better there for many years if at all. The majority of gringos you see there, are not the big spending type...they are cheaper than free lunch Canadians and a handfull of Americans that are holding on to the memories. You can still have fun there, but week nights are going to be boring as hell.

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    1. Thanks for the update on Acapulco.When I drove through there back in the late 80's it was rundown even then.You could see there was once grand hotels that were 5 star probably from the grand days of the 60's when Acapulco was on the world map along with St. Tropaz and southern Europe but you could say the same of San Blas,Nayarit unless it's changed since the 80's.I did notice driving throughout Guerrero back in late 80's it was a heavy militarized state compared to the other 16 states of Mexico I drove through.My friend is a travel agent and she says almost no one goes to Acapulco compared to Cancun and Los Cabos,she says only Italtians maybe from remnants of the Italian Mafia that used to go there or had ties there at 1 time.Yes Canadians are a conservative bunch moneywise,Europeans even more so because of their many weeks of holidays.Too bad about Acapulco it is a pretty place.

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    2. I agree, unfortunately the people brought this upon themselves.

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    3. P.S. Tabares II has been closed for a couple of years.

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    4. THE US:
      4 million
      Number of American victims of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun in the last decade
      30,000
      Number of gun deaths in America each year
      20,000
      Number of Americans who commit suicide with a firearm each year
      3 days
      Number of days after which a gun dealer can sell a gun to an individual if a background check is not yet complete

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  9. My main concern is why all the hype/exaggeration about this incident(s)?
    It is just because negative news sells, or is there something larger being planned here?

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  10. From what I have read, this situation is not over.

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  11. "Guerrero state Attorney General Javier Olea told journalists the attacks may have been a response to recent detentions of drug cartel leaders, but did not give more details."

    Why did they not attack a police Station In Cabo San Lucas where The arrest of "Los Buro" took place? At Alba Suites, Where the Federals were shot at, they have been camped out for months( for free).In another story there was mention of envelopes of cash that were recovered at the crime scene. It is possible that the police/politicians are connected to all the extortions going on. For me this is a more plausible story. People in Acapulco are tired.

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    1. Did you see that cartel leader with his imitation Polo shirt? Every few months I read something about the leader of independant cartel de Acapulco being captured so who's actually the leader? Anyway, this guy they supposedly arrested...It's hard to believe that he's running organized crime. I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but common...look at this mess.

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  12. Yes!
    Every Being I should stop buying in Mexico, that would be great. Then prices will drop & I could afford a home in Mexico.

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  13. Here is another link from the local newspaper in Acapulco. The Gov. is blaming the latest assault on Feds. for the recent arrest of El Buro. Here is the link:

    http://www.novedadesacapulco.mx/acapulco/disputan-3-carteles-control-de-acapulco

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