Cartel Imposes Curfew on Border City Near California as US Embassy Issues Alert

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The Jalisco New Generation Cartel threatened widespread violence over the weekend in Baja California, prompting warnings from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

A message reportedly sent out from the cartel threatened violence to urge the government to free captured members.

“Be warned. As of Friday at 10 p.m. through Sunday at 3 a.m. we’re going to create mayhem so the [expletive] government frees our people. We’re the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, we don’t want to hurt good people but it’s best they don’t go outside, we’re going to attack anyone we see on the streets on these days,” the cartel said, according to KSWB-TV and other outlets.

The U.S. Department of State, meanwhile, issued warnings to Americans in Baja California, including Tijuana. They said that U.S. government employees should shelter in place starting Friday. The shelter-in-place order ended on Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Embassy website.

“The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana is aware of reports of multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks, and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Tecate. U.S. government employees have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice,” the consulate in Tijuana wrote on Twitter on Aug. 12.

A second message from the U.S. consulate said that U.S. citizens to “avoid the area,” “seek secure shelter, if in the area,” “monitor local media for updates,” “be aware of your surroundings,” and “notify friends and family of your safety.”

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero said in a video and an accompanying news conference this weekend that criminal gangs will not force Tijuana, which is located near San Diego, California, to shut down. About 3,000 federal troops in Baja California would assist police, she said

“We are not going to allow a single Tijuana citizen to pay the consequences of those who didn’t pay their bills,” she said Saturday, according to Fox News. “We ask that you make the people who owe you pay up, not the families and citizens who work.”

By Jack Phillips

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