AMLO minimizes dispute between Sinaloa Cartel and CJNG in Chiapas: ‘It is a very limited matter’

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The president responded to images of a convoy allegedly from the Sinaloa Cartel that is received with applause in Frontera Comalapa.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador admitted in his ‘morning conference’ this Monday the veracity of the images in which convoys of alleged drug traffickers are received by inhabitants of the mountains in Chiapas.

However, the president stressed that this is not “a generalized situation” in the state and announced that the Government will reinforce its presence in the area by sending more elements of the National Guard.

“They took a video where 20 trucks are entering Frontera Comalapa, and there are people on the side of the road apparently receiving them and yes, they could be support bases that exist in some parts of the country because they deliver groceries or out of fear because they threaten them, but It is not a general issue, it is a very limited issue to a region (but they bring it up) as if drug trafficking dominated throughout Chiapas and throughout Mexico,” he said about the images released over the weekend.

López Obrador commented that organized crime groups are fighting for the area to secure spaces in which they can protect the drugs they traffic from Central America.

In fact, the president assured that the members of these groups cut off the electricity in some areas of the Chiapas mountains. López Obrador added that workers from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) will enter the area until their protection can be guaranteed.

“And they confront each other. Fortunately there have not been many murders,” he commented.

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It is estimated that 280 thousand people who live in the municipalities of Frontera Comalapa, Chicomuselo, Motozintla, Siltepec, Amatenango de la Frontera, Mazapa de Madero, La Grandeza and El Porvenir are ‘trapped’ in the confrontations that these cartels maintain in the area.

On Saturday, September 23, at the intersection known as Chamic, a convoy of armed trucks allegedly from the Sinaloa Cartel paraded before residents who were forced to receive them with applause.

The Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG fight for dominance of the region as it is key to the transfer of drugs that enter Mexico. This has forced the residents to participate in the dispute by placing checkpoints; kidnapping rival members or collecting fees, among other actions.

“Criminal groups have taken over our territory and we find ourselves in a state of siege, under social psychosis with narcoblockades, which they use as a human barrier to civil society, forcing them to be there and putting their lives and that of their families at risk,” The dioceses of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Tapachula claimed in statements.

Source: El Financiero