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More Ranchers Forced Off their Property in Tamaulipas By Gangs (VIDEO)
Ranchers are being forced to abandon their farms in fear of being Drug Cartels next victim. They do not want to suffer the same fate as Alejo Garza Tamez, Who died last November 13th when he was forced to surrender his ranch to the armed bandits. Located 15 kilometers from Ciudad Victoria, Tamez Left four criminals’ dead before he was murdered.
“This is what happens when criminals want to take our property That have cost us so much and we have worked so many years for.” Said Agricultural Producers in Matamoros.
” Alejo Garza Tamez, was a Man Who these criminals thought had too much,” Said Roberto, leader of the Agricultural Association of Matamoros, and was the victim of an assault on a road in this city some months ago.
“I got out of my truck near Loma Prieta, my ranch That I Have by Jiménez (near the capital city of Tamaulipas). There were several thugs, no more than 20 years old, armed with machine guns and American accents.” They told me they were taking my ranch. We have not visited our property since last August when this happened. ” I have oxen on the ranch, but I guess in this case I will have to loose them as well.” he says.
“When Government is suppose to provide security and they do not- Ranchers must organize to stop this. We have worked too hard to have our property just taken from us. These criminal gangs can not win.”
“This looks like the old West where everyone has to defend Itself with whatever he can,” he added.
Another rancher reports:
“I stopped going to my ranch and just deposit the money to pay the cowboy, but I know nothing of my property. Will they kidnap or kill my family and me? Best to just stay away.”
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“There Will Be Better Times, this can not last forever, There Must Be Such a solution to Violence.”
The Matamoros Farmers Association has 600 members.
The president of the Regional Livestock Union of Tamaulipas, Alejandro Gil Flores, said he asked for more federal Oversight in Tamaulipas, since they can not afford to pay for security personnel of their huts or shelter.
He said several members of the National Confederation of Livestock stopped taking care of their livestock and property for fear of being attacked on the roads or on their farms.