Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

A “criminal group” paid up to 1,500 pesos per person per day to the individuals who had blocked the crossing and kidnapped three bus drivers

On October 5 a group of people took the collection plaza 184 Francisco Velasco Durán also known as Alpuyeca in the state of Morelos

Most came from the Sierra de Guerrero although there were individuals from Michoacán and Mexico City Apparently they reached the del Sol highway in buses that they stole and whose drivers were being held hostage

Each of them charged up to 1500 pesos a day about 70 to keep the booth taken Organized crime paid them In return they had to collect between 50 and 100 pesos from all the vehicles that wanted to cross the post

On Tuesday afternoon a tactical deployment by Grupo FusiónUECS detained 78 of them and released the three drivers two of whom had been kidnapped for days inside their own buses

The photographs disseminated on the social networks of the Prosecutors Office show 45 men and 12 women Twentyone minors were also arrested and have been handed over to the Office of the Attorney for the Protection of Children and Adolescents They are guys that these people take advantage of these leaders

They are 15 or 16 years old They take advantage of the poor economic situation of these young people who have to do so in order to eat Hopefully they dont fall for these characters who continue to harm the country We have to investigate it said the governor of Morelos former soccer player Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo

The day after the operation another 69 people were arrested and demonstrated against the arrest of their colleagues The Morelos Prosecutors Office alleges that they attacked the police forces The released images also show the violence used by the authorities in the detention

Taking of tollbooths is a common image in Mexico Around 20 are taken a day and in the last two years they have caused the loss of more than 6000 million pesos almost 300 million dollars on federal roads according to Marco Frías director of the Mexican Association of Road Infrastructure Concessionaires Traditionally this takeover was linked to protests by social movements teachers students day laborers

Now the Mexican government has come to know them as the huachicol carter and to find their links with organized crime What happened this week in Morelos is one more proof of who the new owners of the booth outlet are

The Specialized Prosecutor against Kidnapping and Extortion Adriana Pineda Fernández assures that they still do not know who is the criminal group that is behind the blockade in Morelos

They do know that of the 78 detainees 61 are originally from Guerrero and many come from the same municipalities Ometepec and Chilpancigo from the same neighborhood and even from the same housing unit

How do they recruit them Who does the logistics to bring them where they come from And what is the mode of operation of these groups They are still investigating it For now the detainees are going to be charged with kidnapping damage and injury

The newspaper Reforma reports that after crossing the images and videos released by the Morelos Prosecutors Office one of the leaders of the blockades has been identified Eduardo Vidal el Caña Authorities associate him with the Guerreros Unidos criminal group the gang linked to the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students

The governor of Morelos already announced Thursday in a press conference accompanied by prosecutors and police authorities that he stands before the taking of booths

We cannot allow these abuses They say they are protesters but they attack the drivers All citizens have the right to demonstrate but we will not allow attacks If they come from other states we are prepared We count on the National Guard to support us


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