Mexican Drug Cartel Plasters City With Apologies for Violence

Mexican Drug Cartel Plasters City With Apologies for Violence © Flickr/ Alfredo Cottin

12:14 15.04.2015(updated 12:25 15.04.2015) Get short URL
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Residents of the Mexican city of Guadalajara were surprised to see the city streets covered with homemade signs on behalf of a gang called Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, for which the criminals apologized for the violence.

The authorities of the Mexican city of Guadalajara told residents to ignore apology banners hung around Mexico’s second biggest city by Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, who killed at least 15 police officers last week, news reports said.

According to the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office, the banners were placed in several locations of the city in the early hours of Tuesday; they contained a message that the office said seeks to “gain the empathy of citizens.” Local police were quick to remove the banners.

“We call on the population to ignore these messages. Solidarity with those who seek peace, not those who live off violence,” the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office tweeted, adding that the banners were installed by “same criminal group that cowardly” killed 15 police officers earlier this month.

Grab taken from a video of policemen inspecting a burnt police vehicle on April 7, 2015 on a Jalisco state road, Mexico, where at least 15 police officers were killed, overnight, in an ambush carried out by a gang called “Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel”.

One of the banners was signed CJNG, which is the Spanish initials of the New Generation Drug Cartel.

The banner said that the cartel supports the population and that its only problem is with their enemies, the Zetas and Knights Templar cartels, as well as “abusive” authorities.

The authorities point the finger at the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel for perpetrating the April 6 ambush against a state police convoy on a rural road in the Jalisco state, which claimed the lives of 15 policemen. The attack became the deadliest such assault on Mexican security forces in recent years.

Last month, at least nine people, including five policemen, were killed in the Jalisco state’s city of Ocotlán after suspected Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel members ambushed a police convoy.

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