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Violence shakes the Mexican state of Baja California

ATLANTA, Georgia (Telemundo Atlanta) – With blockades and vehicles set on fire, criminal groups carried out almost simultaneous attacks on main avenues in cities such as Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Tecate and Ensenada, all in Baja California, as reported by videos, users social networks.

Given such actions, the governor of the state of Baja California, Marina del Pilar Ávila, regretted the events and announced that there were already some detainees.

“I condemn the violent events that occurred this afternoon in our state. At this moment I am meeting with the Security Table. There are already detainees responsible for the events that occurred. It is important to remain calm, we will keep you informed, “said Ávila in a message on Twitter.

Dozens of citizens began to report on social networks the presence of groups of armed and hooded men in various parts of the city of Tijuana, where they stripped drivers of their vehicles to set them on fire.

The Secretary of Public Security of Tijuana, Fernando Sánchez, confirmed in an official broadcast that there were 12 cars set on fire in Tijuana, which were attended by firefighters and that so far there have been no reports of people injured or killed.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero, said in a message on social networks that as authorities they will not allow “no single Tijuana citizen to pay the consequences of those who did not pay their bills.”

In addition, he sent a message to organized crime: “We tell you that Tijuana is going to keep taking care of the citizens and we also ask you to collect your bills from those who did not pay their debts, not the families or the citizens.”

Caballero announced that 3,000 National Guard agents and 2,000 police officers will monitor the streets, SinEmbargo reported.

Security specialists assured the media that this shows that in Mexico there are “terrorist” episodes orchestrated by the drug cartels, although they stressed that these are only focused episodes, which does not imply that there are terrorist groups on a national scale.

“What we are experiencing is urban terrorism, we can no longer call the cartels’ founded terror against the population something else,” said Rubén Ortega Montes, professor at the Department of Justice and Law at the University of Guadalajara.

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The events in Tijuana and other cities in Baja California occurred one day after the violent day in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, which left 11 dead, 12 injured and several businesses and vehicles burned, in the same week in which acts were recorded. violent in Jalisco and Guanajuato.

Precisely in Guanajuato, on Friday there were again roadblocks and burned vehicles in several municipalities of the state after a confrontation between police and criminals.

Both in Baja California and in Guanajuato, messages circulated on social networks attributed to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, warning of a curfew over the weekend, according to the Reforma newspaper.

For its part, the United States consulate in Tijuana instructed its employees to take refuge in safe places until further notice and avoid the area of ​​the incidents.

This series of events reflects the wave of violence in Mexico, which registered 33,315 homicides, in 2021, after the two most violent years in its history, under the mandate of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with 34,690 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.

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