The raging cartel violence in the state of Zacatecas pushed a mayor to cancel his town’s spring fair this week.
Jerez Mayor Jose Humberto Salazar made the announcement because he could not guarantee safety during his town’s annual spring fair. In a short video shared on social media, Salazar apologized to businesses who rely on the event.
Informa el alcalde José Humberto Salazar, la cancelación de la #FeriaDeLaPrimavera 2023 en #Jerez, #Zacatecas debido a que no existen las condiciones de seguridad para realizarla. pic.twitter.com/5mshlvaewN
— Adela Micha (@Adela_Micha) February 27, 2023
The fair’s cancellation comes at a time when the state of Zacatecas continues to see a rising level of cartel violence. Last week, gunmen set blockades in the city of Fresnillo, where they also carjacked at gunpoint before torching the vehicles.
Hay tensión en #Zacatecas. Células criminales han robado y calcinado autos en carreteras. Hay bloqueos, además, en Fresnillo, Calera, Valparaíso, Río Frío, Plateros. TENGAN MUCHO CUIDADO. #AhoraMás con @UrielEstradaTV pic.twitter.com/HbJqzcSDZs
— Ahora Más (@ahoramasoficial) February 19, 2023
Most of the violence in Zacatecas is attributed to a turf war between Cartel Jalisco New Generation and independent organizations allied with the Sinaloa Cartel. As a result, CJNG has been accused of targeting and killing innocents as a way to dominate with terror tactics.
Zacatecas is one of the top 10 deadliest states in Mexico, according to statistics from the the National Security System of the Executive Secretariat. Additionally, of Mexico’s more than 400 reported killings of police officers, more than 60 took place in Zacatecas, making it the deadliest state for law enforcement, Mexico’s Causa Comun NGO reported.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and their original Spanish. This article was written by “C.P. Mireles” from Tamaulipas
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