On June 7th, in Mexico clashes took place between Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) of Los Zetas and Cártel del Golfo (the Gulf Cartel, CDG) in the town of Comales, Camargo municipality, Tamaulipas.
The clashes involved the CDN which attacked the town with upwards of 20 armored technical vehicles, outnumbering the CDG whose members begin fleeing.
Meanwhile, cartel violence appears to be growing even further and crime gangs are roaming the streets, while the local police can do little to counter any of their activities.
Diariamente en las carreteras del país a esto se exponen los elementos cualquier corporación policiaca. La nueva realidad de México 🇲🇽. Convoys de la delincuencia paseando a plena luz del día en gran número y fuertemente armados. pic.twitter.com/1z9HLt6nzg
— Blog de México Rojo (@MexicoRojo1) May 19, 2020
All around Mexico over the weekend there were clashes, there’s numerous photographs and videos showing the aftermath of the clashes, with civilian being killed on the streets.
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Attacks took place in Colonia, reportedly 4 were killed and 2 were injured.
Elsewhere, in Huimanguillo municipality, 4 police officers were executed by cartel members.
In Coacalco, 2 men and 1 woman were killed in a cartel attack.
A decapitated man was found in the Yaqui Valley, and it is a suspected cartel killing.
Meanwhile, throughout all the violence a new cartel – Jalisco New Generation appears to be taking over, famous for its ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel.
In many parts of Mexico, the new cartel is fighting battles that remind of medieval sieges – with fortified redoubts, and it is moving towards Mexico City, as well as towards the tourist resorts around Cancun, and the northern border.
The Jalisco cartel attempt to purchase belt-fed M-60 machine guns in the United States, and once brought down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Jalisco is also mounting a propaganda campaign, using videos and social media to threaten rivals while promising civilians that it won’t prey on them with extortion and kidnappings.
A typical promise, in the form of a distorted “election campaign” promise, which is seldom kept.
“It seems like the Jalisco New Generation group is taking over everywhere,” said a priest in the western city of Apatzingan. “It seems like they allow people to work, and they don’t prey on civilians, they don’t kidnap, they don’t steal vehicles, they just go about their drug business.”
In short: the Jalisco cartel is terrifying: the cartel has made the city of Guadalajara and surrounding suburbs into a giant clandestine grave site.
Hundreds of bodies have been found in the last year, dumped in drainage canals, buried in fields and the patios and yards of homes. Bodies have been found dissolved in acid or lye, bodies have been found in plastic bags.
So many bodies have been found in Guadalajara that authorities ran out of space at the morgue and took to moving rotting bodies around in refrigerated trucks until neighbors complained about the smell.
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown actually made it easier for cartels to spread their influence and made the clashes even worse, as competition is ramping up and they are attempting to put ever more areas under their control.
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