Tijuana Went Under Lockdown Over the Weekend

Tijuana Went Under Lockdown Over the Weekend belatina latine

Tijuana, Mexico was struck by drug gang violence this past weekend, which included armed hijackings and cars set ablaze along the border. Thankfully, no civilian was hurt. However, as a result of the bombings, military activity in Tijuana has increased. 

Mexico has a history of gang-related violence which continues to grow to this day. 

The Consequences of the Blockades

A new generation gang in Jalisco is now attacking civilians. It is the first time this tactic –  referred to as “narco blockades” – was widespread across the Mexican state of Baja California. Cartel-led blockades are usually more common in other Mexican states such as Michoacan and Guerrero. 

Baja California is the Mexican state visited the most by tourists. The ongoing war between Sinaloa’s and Jalisco’s cartel could be a direct result of the bombing, which may impact the area as a tourist attraction. It could also lead to a withdrawal of investment from foreign companies. 

Thousands of Troops Were Deployed

In an effort to protect the interests of Tijuana, there have been hundreds upon hundreds of federal troops deployed into the city that was already well militarized. A total of 2,000 police officers and 3,000 federal troops are deployed throughout Tijuana. Thousands of more federal troops have already been deployed in the other states of Mexico. There are arrangements for more troops to be deployed throughout Baja California in an effort to slow down the rising gang violence.

The mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero, recorded a video message directed at the gangs.

“We are not going to allow a single Tijuana citizen to pay the consequences of those who didn’t pay their bills.” Caballero said. 

“We ask that you make the people who owe you pay up, not the families and citizens who work.” 

Baja Beach Fest Still Went On

Despite the ongoing fear and uncertainty, Tijuana is facing, the Baja Beach Fest – the annual reggaeton and Latin music festival – went on as planned. 

Their first show took place Friday, the 12th of August, and will resume the weekend of August 21, 2022.

Let’s hope things get better soon for Tijuana residents and any other Mexican state suffering at the hands of gang-related violence.