|English | Español||April 16, 2014 | Issue #67|
Institutional Violence In Acámbaro, Southern Municipality of Mexico's Guanajuato
Acámbaro Besieged by Hundreds of Police With Weapons and Masks, With Some Dressed in Civilian Clothes in Unmarked Vans
By Andrés Casar
Seizure of municipal employees in Tarandacuao, Gto. Photo, DR 2011, alertaperiodística.com
Guanajuato’s supposed protectors of law and order also entered the houses of local police agents, where they threatened family members at gun point, including women and children—all of it without a warrant. They hit at least one woman in the face, according to a family member of one of the detained police.
Family members of the local police, traffic officers, secretaries, and cleaning workers wandered all afternoon between the municipal safety building and the mayor’s office, waiting for information about the reason for the detentions or the whereabouts of their relatives. There has been no information coming from the three levels of government.
National and state media outlets inquired about Acámbaro, but nobody has given them official information. So far there is no official release online from state authorities.
The state police seem to assume they can besiege a city like Acámbaro or Tarandacuao, and do so with great violence and excessive force, using uniformed forces and other forces disguised as narcos to terrify an entire city without giving the least bit of explanation or information. Surprisingly, they even beat innocent people and left the city in that state.
What is the Guanajuato government doing? Creating a collective psychosis? Why? To make national news?
What happened yesterday in southern Guanajuato is akin to a drunk father who destroys his house and yells in order to correct a small child for something bad.
Is apprehending the local police, traffic officers, secretaries and janitors who are under municipal payroll so complicated? Or is it a test to see if they can get away with it?
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism