A man was shot to death this Friday, in broad daylight, in a restaurant on Caleta beach, one of the main tourist spots in Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero. Despite the fact that at first several media have spread that the deceased was a tourist, local newspapers argue that the deceased was actually a waiter who worked in one of the premises in the area. At around one thirty in the afternoon, several heavily armed assailants approached the victim and opened fire up to six times at her, according to The Sun of Acapulco. The man has fallen dead on the spot on the sand.
Amid the chaos and the shouts of dozens of tourists and workers who were in the area, the attackers managed to flee before the state agents appeared. At the moment, neither the police nor the Guerrero State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) has ruled on the murder. Representatives of the Army, the National Guard and the FGE also arrived at the crime scene after two in the afternoon, cordoning off the area, and minutes later personnel from the Forensic Medical Service also came to carry out the investigation. expertise. The motive for the crime, the identity of the victim and the murderers are not known.
The bullets that have broken the calm in one of the tourist paradises par excellence of the country come after last November 29 a group of armed men opened fire from a boat against Majahua beach, also in Acapulco, a shooting that left the minus one dead and one wounded. The attackers fled aboard the boat, and to this day they have not been identified.
The plague of violence that Mexico suffers, where almost 100 murders are registered daily and 95% of the cases are not solved – according to the organization México Evalúa -, in recent times has also stained with blood the luxury and glamor of the main holiday destinations in the country. Only in the Caleta beach area, this 2021 there have been three homicides, according to The Sun of Acapulco. The last, that of a tourist worker who was also shot to death on November 18. Three other bus drivers have been killed in the city so far this year.
The Baby’O, the oldest and most emblematic nightclub in the port of Acapulco, burned at the end of this October, after three armed men broke into the premises, sprayed gasoline and lit a lighter. The mayor of the city, Abelina López Rodríguez, then charged against the press, whom she accused of creating unnecessary alarm about the increase in insecurity. “Tell me, where is the alarm for violence? The alarm is set by the media ”, he declared after the fire.
However, this December, the Municipal Public Security Secretariat deployed a large operation with more than 600 agents, in order to guarantee the calm of tourists and locals, in a city where 72.4% of the population feels unsafe, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety of last September.
Although Acapulco is not the only tourist paradise in which shootings have landed. Violence has also landed on the coasts of the Rivera Maya, one of the jewels of the Mexican Caribbean, in whose state, Quintana Roo, tourism accounts for 87% of GDP. A commando of 15 armed men broke into a hotel in Puerto Morelos on November 4, leaving two people dead, in what later became known to be a confrontation between two rival cartels.
Just two weeks earlier, in a bar in a trendy area of Tulum, stray bullets from another power struggle between drug trafficking groups killed two women from Germany and India. They were just the latest in a long list of homicides and shootings.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.