Saturday, March 13, 2010

Gore in Guerrero

No, not Al Gore, the other, bloodier kind.
As I predicted back in December, Guerrero has heated up. Twenty-eight people dead over the weekend; 17 killed in the Acapulco area alone. As I thought, it's a consequence of the fall of the Beltran Leyva brothers, who ran Guerrero before Arturo was killed in December. The question now is who is battling it out. One theory has it that it is La Barbie who is taking on remnants of the Beltran Leyva organizaion. Following from this, some in the area say that La Barbie is trying to take control on behalf of Chapo.

La Barbie split from Chapo to work for the Beltran Leyvas. Now everyone's wondering whether he's gone back to work with Chapo. Keep watching Acapulco, and we'll know pretty soon.

Some context: This is not the first time Acapulco has suffered a wave of violence in the drug war. In 2006, the city was one of the hardest hit in Mexico. Cops were killed, beheaded, etc. Tourists were scared off, and the city suffered a huge economic blow. Let's hope that doesn't happen this time around.

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