This week throughout key avenues of the city of Morelia, Mexico men distributed fliers authored by the Familia Michoacana, where they wanted to wish the general public a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The fliers were not just full of holiday wishes but also urged the public to be aware of the latest incidents of violence attributable to the Federal Police, and members of the rival Los Zetas drug cartel.
“La Familia Michoacana disavows it self of all criminal acts that occurred in the state of Michoacán, they are acts done and fabricated by the Federal Police. They seem to be only dedicated to making false claims and then killing those they implicate in crimes.” This message was visible in the message boards and fliers being distributed.
The leaflets were seen at the exit to the highway connecting Morelia to Guadalajara. Unknown individuals threw them from moving vehicles. In addition, a banner with the same content appeared on Friday on a footbridge. According to reports from the Federal Police, these same messages were being removed almost immediately by police as they were being discovered.
In an unprecedented event, the Familia Michoacana cartel also released a “narcobanner” Christmas message to all Mexicans.
“La Familia Michoacana wishes everyone to have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Taking into account these difficult times we are experiencing, are our best wishes to the entire Mexican family and especially the Michoacan people,” they wrote.
The Familia Michoacan cartel has faced, since December 8, one of the most intensive assaults on its operations by the Mexican government. Thus far there have been at least 16 clashes with cartel members and the Army.
In one of the clashes Nazario Moreno González, “El Chayo”, who was considered the leader of La Familia was killed.
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