It’s been a bloody weekend in Mexico. Between Friday and Sunday, a series of crimes occurred that show the high level of impunity with which criminal organizations operate in Mexico.
The country has six of the ten most dangerous cities in the world, according to a report prepared annually by the Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, an NGO.
At least 12 people were killed during a clash between criminal gangs near the municipality of Caborca, located in the northern state of Sonora. At around 11 p.m. on Friday night, groups of hitmen with high-calibre weapons turned Caborca into a war zone. The confrontation resulted in the burning of a gas station, houses and cars. The twelve bodies were found lying in a ditch on Saturday morning. In the area, authorities found two armored trucks and a “Barret” machine gun, a high-powered rifle used by the U.S. military.
Meanwhile, in Sinaloa, riots broke out in Celaya after police arrested 26 suspected members of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. In response to these arrests, criminals burned businesses and set fire to vehicles – including trucks and buses – in an attempt to block the streets of Celaya, a city of some 500,000 people.
To conclude this bloody weekend, the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office reported the discovery of three clandestine graves containing 75 bags of human remains. The graves were found between June 12 and 13 in the outskirts of Guadalajara, in the municipalities of Zapopan, Tlaquepaque and Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. The number of people who could be buried in these graves is unknown.