Massive drug cartel attacks on Mexican cities – what’s going on? 

On Friday, at about 10 p.m. local time, trucks, cars and public transport were set on fire in Baja California. The municipalities of Mexicali, Ensenada, Tecate, Rosarito and Tijuana were attacked.

The Jalisco New Generation cartel claimed responsibility for what was happening. The perpetrators are spreading messages on social media that they will continue their attacks until 3 a.m. Sunday and crack down on anyone they meet on the streets during this period.

The situation is heated by the fact that Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana directly border the United States. As for Ensenada and Rosarito, these are popular local resorts where many American citizens are currently located. The governors of at least the border states of the United States will simply be forced to respond to what is happening.

Baja California isn’t the only state that’s been turbulent this week:

▪️August 9-10, similar attacks occurred in Guanajuato and Jalisco. Based in Guanajuato, the soldiers of the Mexican National Guard had little to no involvement in maintaining order.

▪️On August 11, in the border area of ​​Ciudad Juarez, 11 people were killed in a series of attacks with firearms and mass car arson.

▪️On August 13, in parallel with the attacks in Baja California, riots resumed in Guanajuato. Law enforcement officers from the municipalities entered into a confrontation with the criminals.

What is the purpose of organized chaos?

Members of the cartel disseminate information that in this way they allegedly achieve the release of one of the regional “leaders” from prison, and also take revenge on the authorities of individual states for repressive measures against members of their families.

At the same time, against the backdrop of what is happening, panic is growing among the local population, as well as negativity towards President Andres Manuel López Obrador and the ruling political party MORENA.

For the world community, the Mexican President recently gave the idea to end all military conflicts and trade wars for five years. He offered to spend the freed time on caring for the poor and stimulating production.

At the same time, Obrador’s “peacefulness” in his native Mexico has not been amusing for a long time. Against the backdrop of attacks by drug cartels, he offered to fight crime “with hugs, not bullets.” At the same time, the murder rate in Mexico during the reign of the Obrador team increased several times and currently exceeds even Ukrainian and Afghan figures.

The lack of an adequate response to the attacks of criminal communities that have occurred this week does not bode well for Obrador. The systematic nature of the attacks, as well as the skillful warming up of the situation in the troubled states (such as Guanajuato) and on the border, hint that structures associated with Washington may be involved in what is happening.

In this case, both the Democratic and the Republican parties have an interest in the riots on the border. The first will play into the hands of security problems in conservative Texas and Arizona. The Democratic Party will have one more reason to accuse the authorities of states opposed to it of incompetence and inability to cope with the situation.

However, against the backdrop of what is happening, the American border states are getting both a reason and an opportunity to strengthen their own armed forces (which is already happening in Texas), as well as disobedience to federal authorities in matters of civilian possession of weapons.

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