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Pueblos Mágicos not immune to violence

In Puebla, town councilors warn of growing presence of criminal gangs

Pueblos Mágicos are towns that have special features and are so designated with the intention of sending tourists their way.


But the Magical Towns in the northern and northeastern Sierra regions in the state of Puebla — such as Cuetzalan, Chignahuapan, Huauchinango, Tlatlauquitepec, Pahuatlán and Zacatlán — are seeing more violence due to the increasing presence of criminal gangs, according to municipal officials.

Those officials spoke to the newspaper Reforma on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals not only from gangs but from mayors, too.

The regidores, or municipal council members, claim that official instructions are that they continue to promote tourism, omitting any comment on the operation and presence of criminal organizations.

According to officials from Pahuatlán and Zacatlán, drug traffickers are increasing their operations in those municipalities, where they are also witnessing more kidnapping and extortion.

The councilors believe the increase is due to gang members using the Tuxpan-Valley of Mexico highway, and that most gangs are based at each end, in the states of México and Veracruz.

“The municipal government is not a competent authority, that’s why we don’t have figures on kidnappings or extortion, or on drug trafficking,” they said.

“. . . We’re hearing more and more about levantones [kidnappings] on the roads, and that is worrying for . . . the providers of tourist services.”

The non-governmental organization Human Rights Defense Network (Red de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos) warned that armed groups have been operating in the Zacapoaxtla-Cuetzalan region for two months.

Just last weekend, municipal authorities in Cuetzalan found the bodies of three tourists, presumably victims of those armed groups.

The councilors said such incidents are becoming common in their parts of the state.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • Güerito

    “Official instructions are that they continue to promote tourism, omitting any comment on the operation and presence of criminal organizations.”

    Taken right out of the gringo ex-pat playbook.

  • WestCoastHwy

    What I don’t understand is why Mexico, being one of the most restrictive countries when it comes to allowing it’s Citizens to be competitive in the Business Sector, can’t understand that allowing Open Markets will allow these so called Criminal Gangs to form legitimate businesses. The Black Market which include much of these Criminal Gangs income, thrives throughout Mexico.

    But then again, I do have to add the Hillbilly factor into the equation. You would literally need to take the children away from these Hillbillies like the US of a Little part of America did to their Aboriginal population to educate them on Western Civilization in the 21st Century or form a Reservation of independent Nations where these Hillbillies can do to themselves as they wish.

    Chief whats his name said to me once, “White Man bring our Peoples whiskey, We Red Men bring White Man Casinos!”

  • Pesobill

    Think I lost track of the bazillions of so called “Pueblos Magicos”.. Dime a dozen and some of them really did not deserve it , perhaps corrupt mayors bought the title …

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    “Those officials spoke to the newspaper Reforma on condition of
    anonymity – fearing reprisals not only from gangs but from mayors, too.”

    “Reprisals from the Mayors” means – they call the gangs on them.
    Mayors, gangs, gangs, mayors – who can tell the difference these days in Mexico?

    • Anthony Stein

      You know that there is a border that you can cross and head back to that crazy nutcase country that you belong to?..don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out!

      • SickofLiberalbs9999

        the truth bothers you that much? all you can say is “get out”?
        in the normal world, why would journalists fear “reprisals” from a Mayor?
        your attitude is part of the problem
        I care about Mexico, I want things to improve
        you want to put your head in the sand and say “what problem?”
        what are you doing to help solve your country’s collapse into anarchy?
        nothing – except criticizing those who care and want to help solve the problem

        by the way, what “crazy nutcase country” do YOU belong to, Mr. Stein?
        you don’t sound Mexican to me

        • Anthony Stein

          What a bullshitting gringo!…all of your comments about this country are never positive! If you don’t like the country at all then just leave! And what does a Mexican sound like anyway? Where I come from is none of your business. Maybe it is time for you to head on back up north and help fix your own country that just elected the biggest idiot the world has ever seen in a long time.

          • BETOXELA2015

            Another pinche Commie tonto that knows nothing about either country. It must eat your heart out, as it does with all Commie leftists, to see Trumps 50% favorable rating and to see all of his success in his first 100 days as compared to nothing the Muslim Commie did to improve the country in his eight years in office. No eres mas que un muy tonto camote y sabes mierda.

          • Anthony Stein

            Yes sir!…another racist dumb f…k Trump supporter! Do you make up this crap as you and your Russian backed president who only has a 35% approval rating royally screw the American people!
            It will be fun to watch your idiot president and his mongrel family make you and your country look like a bunch of a-holes that you are! Do you have a six word vocabulary too? How do you like being in a country like Mexico that now just hates Americans like you? GFYS!

  • K. Chris C.

    Over 20 million civilians perished within the war zones of the Second Zionist War. The cost of the destruction was incalculable.

    How’s that CIA drug profit sustaining “war on drugs” going?

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • Felipe_Calderoff

      Chris, does one have to be a lunatic like you to post here, or can normal people also post?

  • Lopez

    As the stability in Mexico erodes it is only a matter of time until it kills tourism.