Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article
Subject Matter: Reynosa, Narco Blockades
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Chaos in Reynosa because of Narco Blockades; Marines attend the emergency
Reporter: Proceso Redaction
Elements of the Marines continued operations this morning in various sectors of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, earlier during the evening the operatives answered the call when a State emergency alert was activated because of blockages of streets and avenues.
According to information given in the daily "El Manana de Reynosa", the first reports of blockades and paralysis on the roads and arteries registered around 21:45 Wednesday, which obligated the Municipal Government to send out a Yellow alert in its face book and twitter accounts at 22:12.
"Possible situation of risk, blockades on Maestro Boulevard and Mil Cumbres Boulevard and also Hidalgo Boulevard. One recommends that precautions should be taken, and should you need to travel it should be by alternative routes", advertised the official message.
According to the daily, at the height of succession of events the city was partially paralyzed, after trailers, freight trucks, urban buses and private vehicles were stolen and used to make barricades at strategic points to hinder the mobilization of troops.
At El Periferico, at the junction of Monterrey and Anzalduas freeways, which connect to the Reynosa Mission international bridge, El Manana found that the blockades had strangled the traffic by 11pm.
In addition access to shopping malls in the area remained blocked until troops began clearing the routes.
Trucks are blocking Boulevard Hidalgo at La Cima, there is no way through to Monterrey, all access is closed off, were some of the comments made by citizens broadcast on social networks in the desire to provide mutual protection during the emergency, the newspaper said.
The closure of the streets and avenues occurred simultaneously and prevented access to the following colonias, Neuvo Mexico, Puertas del Sol, Las Cumbres, Narciso Mendoza, La Canada, Valle de Bravo, San Jose Riberna, Jarachina Norte, Las Arecas, Tamaulipas 3, Lopez Portillo and Carlos Cantu.
Valor por Tamaulipas reports a low flying Marines Helicopter over the area around the Reynosa bridge crossing, and several chases by the Marines of armed civilians, who threw metal spikes into the road, and two loud bursts of gunfire were heard from the Marines Helicopter.
Original article in Spanish at Proceso