Threats and hostage-taking raise the alarm about the possible emergence of armed groups in Oaxaca
Without peace negotiations, a new armed group threatened its opponents, including elements of the State Investigations Agency (AEI) of Oaxaca (to the center of Mexico) and senior officers of the State Highway Police.
Through a recording, the men, clad in tactical clothing and long weapons, warned about their presence on the Oaxacan coast to “clean it of thugs.”
“This message goes from Pinotepa to Huatulco so that they get good cocks. We are already here on the coast of Oaxaca, we are already here in Pinotepa Nacional, Río Grande, Charquito, San José, Santa Rosa, La Boquilla, Puerto, and everything around it. We already have some located and others kneeling so that they see that we are not walking around with ma … We already have located all the municipal, state, and people who are there with you operating ”, says one of the hooded subjects.
According to accounts linked to citizen complaints, the command would belong to the cell of the Sinaloa Cartel that operates in the entity. The map presented by the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) identifies that the organization headed by Ismael Zambada García, the “Mayo”, operates in Oaxaca along with five other criminal groups: the Gulf Cartel, the Beltrán Leyva, the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG), Guerreros Unidos, and Los Zetas.
The aforementioned cartels carry out illicit activities such as the money laundering.
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Despite the UIF report, the Attorney General’s Office indicates that no criminal organization operates in the state, as has also been assured by the governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Ismael Murat Hinojosa.
Last week, the head of the State Public Security Secretariat, Raúl Ernesto Salcedo, explained that there are 314 made available to people identified as priority targets due to their alleged relationship with high-impact crime.
Since Alejandro Murat became governor of Oaxaca, the Cuenca Reaction Force operation was launched in the border area of the State of Guerrero (on the Pacific coast), reducing the incidence of high-impact crime by 7.5 percent.
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The violence in Oaxaca has left more than a hundred displaced, especially in the municipality of San Mateo del Mar, where for more than a month 30 people have held a sit-in in front of the Government Palace in the city of Oaxaca.
In the region, located on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, on June 21 and 22, 13 men and two women were murdered. The multi-homicide was linked to an electoral political conflict.
Six months after the massacre, on December 21, 18 families were displaced by violence. They demanded an audience with Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa and punishment for those responsible for the murders.