Residents of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, reported through social networks the presence of a group of heavily armed subjects in the streets of the city, who carried out blockades and shot in the air on different occasions.
The armed incursion would have begun around 1:30 p.m. this Tuesday, June 14, at which time it was reported that a large number of people wearing black clothes and their faces covered went to the streets of the city carrying long weapons and equipment. tactical.
According to witnesses who witnessed the events, a group of armed people moved to the north of the city to block roads with trucks and shoot in the air.
Over a hundred people with high-powered weapons, hooded and in bulletproof vests took over a market and streets located in the northern part of the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the main tourist center of Chiapas, this morning. This happens a day after the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) announced the deployment of half a thousand soldiers in the indigenous area of Los Altos, where this city is located.
Around 10 am on Tuesday, armed people arrived at the Mercado del Norte, the largest in the city; in the place, they painted with legends such as “CORUTO, OUT administrator CHABEZ PIXOL”.
For their part, the municipal and state authorities have not provided information on the security situation in the entity, because according to local media reports, a multitude of people sheltering in businesses in the area, as they fear for their integrity due to the presence of armed subjects.
According to the first reports, two organized crime groups would be fighting for control of businesses and the northern market of the entity, which would have triggered a strong shootout in the entity.
Hours before the armed incursion, residents of San Cristóbal de las Casas reported graffiti in the North Market of the entity, through which the dismissal of the administrator of the food and merchandise distribution center was demanded.
Previously, tenants of the market had denounced illicit activities in the place before the local authorities, since the commercial point is allegedly used to distribute illicit merchandise, for which two organized crime groups would dispute its control.
The North Market has been known for years as the area for selling stolen cars, illicit substances and weapons; The site is located between a gas station and a supermarket, a place where several people were shopping during the afternoon of this Tuesday.
According to local media, the armed confrontation between antagonistic criminal groups would have begun inside the North Market, and later the alleged assassins moved to various points in the area, where they carried out blockades and shots in the air.
One of the criminal gangs involved in the armed incursion was unofficially identified as Los Motonetos, a criminal group that is characterized by firing shots into the air from various points in San Cristóbal de las Casas, which has resulted in the death of people due to impacts from Lost bullets.
Los Motonetos have extended their domain in the entity due to various illicit operations committed in the entity, for which various complaints have been filed against them, whose investigations have not been completed by local authorities.
An inhabitant of the entity who was near the scene of the events denounced through social networks that the shooting began after 1:30 p.m., for which he sought refuge in the Hotel Villas Vanesa, whose staff helped the people present in the place to take shelter from firearm shots.
Around 3:23 p.m., the same user denounced that the detonations continued to be carried out near the place where he was sheltered, a place to which no authority had gone to deal with the confrontation.
Army, GN and police protect San Cristóbal de las Casas after incursion by armed group
Government sources reported that the military-police deployment extends to the northern market area, streets and avenues of the city
Members of the Mexican Army, National Guard, State and Municipal Police restored order, monitor, and patrol San Cristóbal de las Casas, after the incursion this Tuesday of an armed group that unleashed fear and anxiety.
Government sources reported that the military-police deployment extends to the northern market area, streets and avenues of the city.
With the operation, the integrity and heritage of the population, visitors and tourists are protected, they indicated.
This Tuesday, an armed group fired shots into the air, unleashing chaos and panic among the population.
The violent events stemmed from the alleged dispute over the administration and control of the market in the northern area of that city in Los Altos de Chiapas.
The subjects with long weapons, some with bulletproof vests, according to images broadcast on social networks, blocked the road to the municipality of Chamula and the southern entrance to the market in the northern zone.
In that part, where a gas station and a department store are located, the armed men burned tires that raised columns of smoke.
Neighbors took refuge in nearby premises and left the area, in the absence of the Mexican Army, the National Guard and the police.
With bullets, they demanded dismissal of the administrator of the supply center
Security sources said that the conflict was because the administrator of the supply center, whose name they did not say, allegedly attacked a tenant and did not pay her damages or medical attention.
A group of protesters came to claim him; later, armed men on motorcycles, called “motonetos”, were deployed on the site.
Neighbors closed the doors of their homes and took refuge in them. Fixed and street vendors withdrew.
The workers of the health center in the northern area, adjacent to the market, said that in the midst of the detonations of bullets and rockets they protected themselves by lying on the floor.
The shots were perceived with more intensity between 13:00 and 14:00. Calm returned when one of the groups withdrew.
The demonstration of armed people in the streets this Tuesday is added to others, in which there was no intervention by the security forces either.
Hours later, military personnel, the National Guard, police from the Ministry of Citizen Security and Protection and the Municipal Police came to the area.
Experts and ministerial agents also arrived to carry out the preliminary investigations.