Moment Mexico residents hold parade for cartel for rescuing them from the shackles of rival group that extorted and killed business owners and civilians

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  • Sinaloa Cartel fighters were cheered on by residents in Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday
  • Footage showed armed cartel fighters dressed in military gear parading in 20 SUV and pickup trucks down a road in the town of San Gregorio Chamic
  • The rally was attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel having driven out the rival Jalisco New Generation Cartel, who had blocked access to a major road for 13 days

This is the shocking moment Sinaloa Cartel fighters received a hero’s welcome after they freed residents from the control of the archrival Jalisco New Generation Cartel in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas – a group that extorted and killed locals.

The bizarre footage shows men and women in the town of San Gregorio Chamic across from the Guatemala border applauding the notorious criminal organization as its henchmen paraded down a federal highway aboard 20 SUVs and pickup trucks Saturday.

Residents could be seen standing on both sides of the two-lane road cheering on the heavily armored cartel fighters, including some who were wearing bulletproof vests that had ‘MARINA’ (marines) printed on the back.

The incredulous warm reception reportedly is being attributed to a recent Sinaloa Cartel operation that led to the liberation of main roads connecting the La Trinitaria-Comitán border region, which had fall under the control of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel for 13 days.

While the Jalisco cartel was in charge, there was a string of murders and other crimes attributed to the group in the region.  

Residents cheer on Sinaloa Cartel fighters on Saturday after they had reportedly run out the Jalisco New Generation Cartel away from a major road that had been blocked for 13 days

Residents cheer on Sinaloa Cartel fighters on Saturday after they had reportedly run out the Jalisco New Generation Cartel away from a major road that had been blocked for 13 days 

Sinaloa Cartel gunmen were met with applauses and cheers on Saturday during a parade in Chiapas, across the border from Guatemala

Sinaloa Cartel gunmen were met with applauses and cheers on Saturday during a parade in Chiapas, across the border from Guatemala

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose government recently extradited one of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s sons to the United States, announced the deployment of the National Guard to beef up security in the Chiapas-Guatemala border region Monday.

He called on residents, especially the youth, not to be tempted by the Sinaloa Cartel or any other faction and said the incident was only limited to that region and not the entire country.

‘It turns out that on the border with Guatemala, in Comalapa, towards Motozintla, there are organized crime groups that are fighting for the territory (Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and Sinaloa Cartel) to have spaces, to store drugs that enter from Central America, to have control of that territory and they will confront each other, fortunately there have not been many murders,’ López Obrador said during his daily presser with the media.

Mexico City Senator Emilio Álvarez took a slight jab at López Obrador’s ‘hugs, not bullets’ policy of confronting criminal organizations.

‘In broad daylight, on the border of Chiapas with Guatemala, they welcome the Sinaloa cartel,’ he wrote on X, the social media platform known as Twitter. ‘Consequence of the failed government in the face of organized crime.’

The diocese of San Cristobal called to address the serious crisis that is being experienced in the area. Consequence of the failed government in the face of organized crime.

A local catholic church priest told the Mexican news network Milenio the response was worrying because it was possible that those who were in attendance were forced into showing their appreciation.

‘Others will say that they have already allied themselves with drug traffickers. They line them up,’ he said. ‘It’s not that they want to. There will be people who do it on their own, but people are being forced and that is not worth it. People are being forced to defend one cartel, to fight for another and they are being used as cannon fodder.’

A Sinaloa Cartel fighter dressed in military gear holds a rifle during a parade in Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday

A Sinaloa Cartel fighter dressed in military gear holds a rifle during a parade in Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday

Residents line up on both sides of a road during a parade in Chiapas, Mexico, to cheer and applaud members of the Sinaloa Cartel on Saturday after they had driven out rival members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, who for 13 days had blocked access to federal highway 190

Residents line up on both sides of a road during a parade in Chiapas, Mexico, to cheer and applaud members of the Sinaloa Cartel on Saturday after they had driven out rival members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, who for 13 days had blocked access to federal highway 190

A local catholic church priest told the Mexican news network Milenio the response was worrying because it was possible that those who were in attendance were forced into showing their appreciation

A local catholic church priest told the Mexican news network Milenio the response was worrying because it was possible that those who were in attendance were forced into showing their appreciation

Coparmex, the main employer’s association in the country, was also critical of the public showing and called on the Mexican federal government to target the recent wave of murders, kidnappings, extortion of local business owners and road blockage.

Schools have also remained closed for a week now as 2,000 teachers and 5,000 students have returned to holding classes via Zoom following murder of Berni Mehia – a teacher who was kidnapped from a high school September 9 and found dead days later.

‘We urgently request (the government) an Immediate Action Program to strengthen security in Chiapas, with emphasis on the mountain area,’ the group said in a statement.

The parade came just hours after a horrifying video leaked by the Jalisco New Generation early Saturday captured the murder of four alleged Sinaloa Cartel members, who were shot dead at point-blank range and abandoned on a road between the cities of Motozintla and Mazapa de Madero.

For two decades, the Chiapas border cities across from Guatemala have served as a strategic point for Mexican drug trafficking organizations, who also play a role in human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

Over the last couple of years, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, considered by the Drug Enforcement Administration as the main power player in the drug trade, has forced the Sinaloa Cartel out of the region.




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