Cartels escalate attacks in Michoacán: now they are using chemical bombs

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Since Wednesday, April 3, the CJNG has taken three communities and kept the town of Coahuayana under siege, where hundreds of people have taken refuge, who claim that the bombs cause suffocation. Terrified residents demand the expulsion of criminal groups.

The Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel broke into at least three communities in Coahuayana last Wednesday, April 3, and has until now surrounded the head of this municipality, located on the border of Michoacan and Colima, and now converted into a refuge for hundreds of people displaced by the violence of this and other criminal groups, using explosives, and chemical substances dropped by drones.

According to the municipal president Gildardo Ruiz Velázquez, as well as the testimonies of residents, the CJNG resorted not only to the use of heavy-caliber weapons but also using drones that launch explosives with chemical substances that cause damage to people (itching and stinging in the respiratory system, and in some cases, a feeling of suffocation) and that could mean the escalation of arms and weaponry in this region, warned the Apatzingán Human Security Observatory, based in the state of Michoacan.

@lideresinternacionales 𝐍𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐨 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐚 𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐞𝐧 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐚́𝐧: 𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐳𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐢́𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐬 Desde el miércoles pasado el CJNG tomó tres comunidades y mantiene sitiada la cabecera de Coahuayana, donde se han refugiado cientos de personas, quienes afirman que las bombas causan sensación de asfixia. Los habitantes, aterrados, exigen la expulsión de los grupos criminales. El Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación irrumpió el pasado miércoles 3 de abril en al menos tres comunidades de Coahuayana y mantiene hasta ahora cercada la cabecera de este municipio, ubicado en los límites con Colima y convertido en un refugio para cientos de personas desplazadas por la violencia de éste y otros grupos criminales, empleando explosivos, ahora de tipo químico, arrojados por drones. #Mexico #debatepresidencial #Morena #AMLO #xochitlgalvez #ClaudiaShenbaum ♬ Spooky music box bell horror BGM – Notzan ACT

The organization indicated that the alarm is spreading due to the reported effects of the substances launched by the drones in this massive incursion by the CJNG and that it describes it as “one more step in the bellicose escalation of this conflict, and that it has become an arms race” between the organized crime groups that seek to control these territories, one of them Jalisco Nueva Generación and the other La Familia Michoacana, among others.


Inhabitants and displaced population of this municipality, as well as of Chinicuila and Ostula, reported that hundreds of CJNG hitmen entered and “took over” the communities of Palos Marías, El Órgano, and Zapotán in the early hours of Wednesday, April 3rd, terrorizing the residents and forcing to the forced displacement of dozens of citizens.

Source: Proceso

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