Mexican border towns
TIJUANA, Mexico— Mexican border towns hit by burning cars and blockades Baja Beach Festival will continue, The Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali along with Rosarito and Ensenada were hit by gang violence that included vehicles being set ablaze and road blockades.
Local media reported that a number of cars, roadblocks and various police trainings were set on fire in the regions of Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate on Friday evening.
The US Consulate in Tijuana instructed its staff to “shelter in place until further notice” around midnight due to the violence that occurred late Friday.
Mexican border cities hit by burning vehicles, blockades
This is the third time this week that Mexican cities have witnessed large-scale fires and shootings by drug gangs.
Gangs appear to target stores, vehicles and innocent bystanders in response to quarrels or attempts to arrest gang members.
Baja California officials said a total of 24 vehicles were hijacked and burned at various points across the state: 15 in Tijuana, three in Rosarito and two each in Mexicali, Ensenada and Tecate.
In Ciudad Juárez, a number of businesses were torched and at least 11 people were killed, many of them civilians, in keeping with the authorities.
The wave of violence appears to have erupted after a dispute between cartel gangs.
Organizers Say Baja Beach Fest Will Continue Room for Cartel Violence in Tijuana and Across Mexico
Contest organizers wrote on their official Twitter account and Instagram stories, that you were aware of the “unfortunate events” that occurred throughout Mexico.
Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero blamed feuds between drug cartels and asked them to stop the violence.
Via social media, some contest attendees stated that they were unable to get cell phone service and had trouble spotting taxis after Friday evening’s event, which concluded with reggaeton stars Anuel AA and Farruko.
Many responded to the Baja Group’s Twitter message, asking why regulators hadn’t canceled units completely and inquiring about refunds.
Others stated that violence is exaggerated in the media and that the close field of competition is protected.
It was not clear after Saturday the extent of the violence. Late Friday, the US Consulate General in Tijuana said in a statement that it was “aware of reports of multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and intense police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate.”
On Saturday, few people ventured out into the streets in Tijuana and many bus and passenger car services stopped working, leaving some residents unable to get where they were going.
Later on Saturday, Tijuana’s mayor, Caballero, said some bus and truck lines had resumed service.
The Federal Public Safety Administration said one person was injured in the violence and that federal, state and local forces arrested 17 suspects, including seven in Tijuana and four each in Rosarito and Mexicali.
The mayor’s comment about Tijuana remaining open was an apparent reference to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, where some classes and public events were canceled after similar violence Thursday.