During an armed conflict between security forces and alleged cartel members in north east Mexico 22 people were murdered, including 4 police officers, 2 civilians and 16 criminals, according to a statement, which quoted Coahuila Gov. The gunfight broke out in the city of Villa Union about 40 miles from the U.S. border town of Eagle Pass, Texas.
According to reports, 25 vehicles, 4 rifles, numerous long-range rifles and thousands of bullets have been confiscated by Mexican security forces. In a press conference on Monday, Mexican president Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the government would release a security report.
The shootout occurred just days after US President Donald Trump said he would designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations, adding that the US had offered to “go in and clean it out,” but the Mexican government had “rejected the offer.” Early last month, nine women and children from a Mormon community in Mexico were killed by drug cartels. In mid-October, shootouts between cartels and police in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán killed over 30 people.
Mexicans don´t have a lot off confidence in their leader and are wondering if Mexico even has a President. By early November, the hashtag MexicoNoTienePresidente was trending on Twitter. The Mexican government has been in contact with the US regarding the possible designation according to Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, but López Obrador has indicated that he doesn’t want the US to intervene.
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