American tourist shot by gang’s gunfire at Mexico beach resort: ‘I thought this is it’

11/12/2021

Source: ABC News

Tanner Vanvalkenburg is speaking out after he was shot on vacation in a popular resort area in Mexico late last week, caught in the crosshairs of gunfire by rival gangs.

“I was just like, man this is it, like I’m probably not going to make it,” he recalled to ABC News.

The tourist from America was with his partner and two friends when the incident began.

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Official: A Dozen Drug Gangs Fighting for Mexico’s Caribbean

11/08/2021

Source: US News

The shooting of two suspected drug dealers at a resort on Mexico’s Caribbean coast is part of a fight among about a dozen gangs to carve up the lucrative market of selling drugs to tourists and locals, an official said Friday.

The chief prosecutor of the coastal state of Quintana Roo said that two main gangs are fighting for control of Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun. Thursday’s shooting occurred on a beach just yards from luxury hotels.

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Mexico’s army stands between gangs, enforcing turf divisions

11/08/2021

Source: ABC News

The Mexican army has largely stopped fighting drug cartels here, instead ordering soldiers to guard the dividing lines between gang territories so they won’t invade each other’s turf — and turn a blind eye to the cartels’ illegal activities just a few hundred yards away.

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Two more Mexican journalists killed as reporters condemn worsening violence

11/03/2021

Source: The Guardian

Mexican journalists have expressed alarm after two veteran reporters were attacked in their own homes in less than 24 hours, bringing this year’s death toll for media workers to nine – already surpassing the eight deaths recorded in 2020.

Fredy López Arévalo, a veteran reporter in the southern state of Chiapas, was shot in the head inside his home in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas on Thursday. López had covered Central American politics and the Zapatista uprising for news organisations such as Reuters, the Los Angeles Times and Notimex, and he still reported on the local political situation.

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Mexican journalist dies two days after being shot

11/01/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Mexican magazine founder Alfredo Cardoso has died after being shot five times, the Guerrero state governor said, the second journalist to be killed in the country in a week.

Cardoso, a photojournalist from the violent, southwestern state of Guerrero, was gunned down after being abducted from his home on Friday, local media reported.

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Conviction of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ should be thrown out, lawyer argues

10/27/2021

Source: Reuters

A lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to overturn the Mexican drug kingpin’s conviction, citing juror misconduct and the jail conditions that Guzman experienced.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan appeared receptive to the argument that Guzman’s trial judge in Brooklyn should have inquired into whether jurors improperly followed the case in the media during the blockbuster trial.

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California travel blogger among 2 killed in Mexico’s Tulum

10/25/2021

Source: AP News

A San Jose, California woman born in India was one of two foreign tourists killed in the apparent crossfire of a drug-gang shootout in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Tulum.

Authorities in Quintana Roo, the state where Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located, said one of the dead women was Anjali Ryot.

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2 foreigners killed in shootout in Mexico’s Tulum resort

10/22/2021

Source: ABC News

Two foreigners were killed and three wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in the Mexican Caribbean resort town of Tulum, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities said one of the dead women was from Germany and the other from India. The three wounded included two Germans and a tourist from the Netherlands.

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Merchants group signals skyrocketing extortion costs for small retailers

10/22/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Extortion costs for small retailers have surged across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an organization that represents their interests.

Pre-pandemic, extortion costs hovered around 200 pesos (US $10) per business, but shot up to 500 pesos minimum during the pandemic, says the National Alliance of Small Businesses (ANPEC), which estimates that extortion generates US $11.3 billion for criminal groups throughout the country.

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Fresnillo, Ciudad Obregón and Irapuato seen as Mexico’s least safe cities

10/22/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The percentage of Mexican adults who feel unsafe in the city where they live is at its lowest point in eight years, according to a new security survey that found that Fresnillo, Zacatecas, is seen by its residents as the least safe city in the country.

Conducted by the national statistics agency INEGI in September, the 32nd National Survey on Urban Public Security found that 64.5% of respondents believe the city where they live is unsafe, a 2.1% decline compared to the previous survey.

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