For the past three days violence has plagued the town of Zacatecas (Central Mexico) and the cities of Reynosa (northeast) and Culiacan. Officials remain silent about the clashes that have left dozens of victims.
In Zacatecas, the national press reported 46 deaths in three consecutive nights in clashes between rival drug cartels in the municipalities of Fresnillo, Jerez (localities 200,000 and 50,000 inhabitants about 60 kilometers from the state capital) and Valparaiso.
On Thursday, two convoys met in Fresnillo leaving 38 dead, according to sources cited by La Jornada. On Friday night, a car chase ended with eight dead and five missing. On Saturday, one passerby was injured in another shooting in the city of Rio Grande. In Reynosa (Tamaulipas), five people were killed and nine were injured in clashes between police and suspected members of drug cartel early Saturday. At least three people were killed in another shootout with federal agents in Culiacan.
This city is the capital of Sinaloa, a state that is the birthplace of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, the most powerful drug trafficker in Mexico, and the Sinaloa cartel leader.
Security analysts believe that the capture of the leader of the Zetas likely triggered a battle for control that would involve the Gulf and the Sinaloa cartels.
No official source has reported the events, and the local papers make no mention at all. Last February, several media outlets signed the agreement ‘for our image’ with the PRI government to “improve the perception” of the State. The media agreed not to publish on the front-page information or photographs of clashes between cartels, criminal acts and murders. Social networking has taken over though.
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