Article about cartels in San Miguel
12-03-2019, 09:40 AM,
Article about cartels in San Miguel
Scary and so sad:
12-05-2019, 10:44 AM,
RE: Article about cartels in San Miguel
The mayor has responded:

Of course the mayor and business chamber have good reasons for playing down any problems in San Miguel, but I also thought the original article made some big claims without any solid sources.
12-05-2019, 10:11 PM,
RE: Article about cartels in San Miguel
One reaction I have to all this is, given SMA's proximity to Celaya and Salamanca, and the dramatic overall increase in crime statewide, it would be some sort of miracle if SMA did not experience a noticeable increase in crime.
And here's something else: there's been quite a bit of nastiness in Apaseo El Grande, near Celaya. And yet, the Toyota plant there started cranking out Tacoma pickup trucks last month. Is Toyota regretting their decision to locate there? This would be another topic for a Bloomberg story, one which doesn't involve wealthy US and Canadian expats.
12-09-2019, 07:50 PM,
RE: Article about cartels in San Miguel
Here is an article from Mexico News Daily in support of the first Bloomberg article cited above. If you read Spanish, there is a link at the bottom of the article to a similar but more detailed piece in El Universal.

As for the mayor's response, mentioned in the second post above, I don't trust anything he says about crime in San Miguel. He always plays down the crime problem there. Note that the Mexico News Daily and El Universal articles both say the official count of murders stands at 76 so far this year. Meanwhile, the Facebook page "More Security in San Miguel de Allende," which keeps its own count, says the year-to-date total is 109. Even if we accept the lower figure, how would y'all feel if Guanajuato, which is roughly the same size as SMA, had 76 murders this year?
12-09-2019, 08:16 PM,
RE: Article about cartels in San Miguel
Interesting and saddening.
We are thankful that to date here in Gto City we haven’t been severely impacted by cartel or other organized criminal violence. Will be interested in anyone’s thoughts as to why.
Narrow streets and hard to escape as touted by a former Alcalde seem inadequate as an explanation.
Are we just lucky? So far?
What do you think?
12-10-2019, 11:15 AM,
RE: Article about cartels in San Miguel
My guess is, we've just been lucky. That, and one of the points the student strikers are making is, a lot of violence here is getting covered up. There's been plenty of violence just down the road in Silao.
One interesting exercise is to take a map of the state, and draw a line on it connecting Penjamo, Irapuato, Salamanca, Celaya, and Apaseo El Grande. What you get when you do this is the battle line for the territory the narcos are disputing.

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