Day After Attack in Blue Parrot; PGR Offices in Cancún Attacked - At Least Three Dead- Video

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Day After Attack in Blue Parrot; PGR Offices in Cancún Attacked - At Least Three Dead- Video

Tully
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Here are two of the (Old School) Zeta mantas left this morning near the Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen, where five were killed yesterday:

                                       
                     

About an hour ago, the PGR building in Cancún was shot up by an armed commando.  Unclear if they arrived in trucks or motos.  One police officer was killed.  Injuries reported.  Some comments about grenades being used.

Officers inside then gave pursuit, which resulted in a series of gun battles throughout central Cancún:

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/estados/2017/01/17/atacan-balazos-dependencias-policiales-en-cancun

http://lasillarota.com/atacan-a-balazos-fiscalia-en-cancun-reportan-heridos#.WH6of_krKUk

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBWnRJ_fnmg
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Mica
I watched the video and heard semi-automatic, but I think automatic too.  Anyone else?  I am headed to Isla Mujeres for the Super Bowl and there are wide reports of electric outages all over the past 3 days.  How long before the Army is sent to Mexico's tourist diamond?
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Tully
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There are now at least three dead and possibly five.  The three confirmed are two who worked in the offices of the PGR, now identified as the C4 Command Center for the area, and the other dead was one of the shooters.

However, there are reports that two others were killed in separate shootouts throughout the city, and the Mayor of Cancún confirmed that grenades, along with high powered weapons, were used in some of the attacks:

http://www.milenio.com/policia/ataque_fiscalia_quintana_roo-balacera_cancun-muertos-blue_parrot-milenio_0_886111647.html

http://lasillarota.com/panico-en-cancun-por-balaceras-en-distintos-puntos-de-la-ciudad#.WH7LGvkrKUk

A map showing the various locations of the shootouts:

                                       
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Tully
Jan 17, 10:05 PM EST AP

4 DEAD IN NEW SHOOTING IN MEXICO'S CARIBBEAN RESORT REGION

BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN AND GABRIEL ALCOCER

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.

It was too early to say if the attacks were linked, but they were a marked intrusion of bloodshed into Mexico's main tourism zone, a region that had previously been spared much of the violence plaguing other parts of the country.

The governor of Quintana Roo state, Carlos Joaquin, said three attackers and one police officer died in Tuesday's incident. He said five suspected attackers were taken into custody. He urged calmed, saying the federal government was sending more security forces to the region.

A witness said the gunmen who attacked the prosecutors' office also threw two explosive devices at a perimeter wall. A reporter at the scene saw police remove a body from a guard post near the building after the attack.

A few hours later, hundreds of people fled the Plaza de Las Americas shopping center after possibly hearing gunfire inside. It wasn't clear what happened, or if any shots were fired, but soldiers swarmed into the mall.

Irma Huxool, a woman who had just bought tickets to the movies, told The Associated Press that she heard three shots "at the entrance to the cinema" and people started running in confused panic.

The U.S. Consulate in Merida issued an alert about the incidents in Cancun and urged U.S. citizens to take care and "to follow local authorities' warnings and directives and consult with their hotels before leaving the premises."

Earlier in the day, the hypothesis of drug links to the shooting in nearby Playa del Carmen before dawn Monday was strengthened after a banner briefly appeared along a roadside, signed by the "Old School Zetas," part of the fragmented Zetas cartel, suggesting the attack was carried out as part of a battle against rival gangs.

Quintana Roo's attorney general, Miguel Angel Pech, said investigators were looking into whether the banner referred to the BPM music festival or one of its organizers.

Pech said authorities were investigating whether extortion, street-level drug sales or a murder plot was the motive behind the shooting at the closing party for the BPM electronic music festival. Five people died and 15 suffered injuries.

Pech said the gunman fired directly at one of the Mexican victims at the Blue Parrot nightclub where the party was being held. A confused shootout ensued in which guards - it is not clear whether festival security personnel or the Mexican's bodyguards - returned fire.

One guard was hit by gunfire, and as he fell, his pistol went off, wounding several concert-goers, Pech said. It was unclear why the Mexican man might have been a target. Pech said his family told prosecutors that he had "an important relative" in the state government of Veracruz, a state plagued by corruption and violence.

The attacker fled, but Pech told the Televisa TV network that a taxi driver who helped the man escape has been linked to previous extortion attempts. Some businesses in Mexico are forced to pay protection money under threat of being attacked.

"Either they didn't reach an agreement over protection payments, directly extortion, or it may be that somebody did not allow them to sell drugs inside" the nightclub, Pech said.

"Perhaps the strongest hypothesis is that this person had gone there to demand they comply with protection payments," he added at a news conference.

Playa del Carmen residents said the shooting came amid a growing and increasingly open drug scene in the resort town, which has long been spared the violence of Mexico's cartel wars.

Concerns that violence may be creeping into the once-tranquil beachside town were voiced as people attended a Monday evening vigil in front of the Blue Parrot nightclub.

"This is a sign of what has been happening," said Lenin Amaro, a local business owner and politician.

"It has reached us," Amaro said of the country's drug violence. "We were living in what you could call a bubble."


Federal authorities say the Zeta cartel has been in the state for years, especially in Cancun itself, where the Zetas were blamed for the firebombing of a bar in which eight people died in 2010.

And drug cartel influence in the state as a whole goes back at least to the 1990s under Gov. Mario Villanueva, who was later convicted in the U.S. of involvement in large-scale drug smuggling.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_SHOOTING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-01-17-22-05-42

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I know a few people down there for that festival, "shocked and appalled" at the violence.....It's not funny, people were murdered, and many terrified, but their American/international lack of reality, ignorance, about places like Playa Del Carmen/Cancun/Acapulco is ironic to me...."how could this happen"  "These savage people", if they took the time to understand conditions in third world countries, and esp Mexico, they would not be surprised.

* Not real quotes, just parody of outrage and shock.  
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Mica
Don't bundle the violence in Acapulco with Cancun.  Completely different and much more.
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A little bit more info from the Canadian newsite CBC about patrons almost being harassed to buy drugs and other bar owners saying everyone had to pay 'cartel tax' or else.I guess their best kept open secret is out among the tourists.I'm just a little confused about the Philip guy,the Canadian organizer.Did he flee or did he get captured?                                                                                                                                                            http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mexico-attacks-cancun-drug-dyer-1.3940962     Also another article from the day before says it was about protection money and the Canadian owners including Philip have fled and CBC weren't able to track them down.I'm guessing they will be hightailing it out of the country with help from the Embassy.I will keep you posted if they show up here and there's anything newsworthy.                                                                                                                   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/mexico-music-festival-shooting-threats-1.3940355
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