Merchants in Cuautla are forced to thank the criminal group Gente Nueva for not charging them a floor

Sellers of fixed establishments and street merchants were forced to make a massive thank you to the criminal group. (Screenshot)

In the midst of a strong wave of extortions in the country by criminal groups to various sectors of the population, such as transporters and merchants, a video circulates on social networks in which you can see citizens of Cuautla, Morelos, thanking New people, the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel, for not making them floor charge.

In the video you can see dozens of merchants gathered in the historic center of Cuautla, right in front of the Town Hall; Those gathered are seen with various cards where you can see various messages directed at the criminal group: “We are New People”, “Thank you, New People”, “Full support for New People”reads most of the banners.

In the clip, the merchants are seen saying in unison: “Thank you, New People, for not charging us a flat fee,” although apparently being forced to say it, as a woman’s voice is also heard giving the order to repeat the message once again. , while a man’s voice says thank you to those present through a megaphone.

At the end those present make a round of applauseHowever, some people who do not join the clapping round are still appreciated.

Merchants from Cuautla were gathered in the Zócalo to massively thank the criminal group. (X/@AdonayR6)

According to the information, the events occurred last Tuesday, January 16, although it was not until this weekend that the video was released. According to local media, people were forced to attend the Zócalo de Cuautla and participate in the massive gratitude, in addition, the cardboard They were already ready and they only distributed them to the attendees. Then they grouped them and gave them instructions on what they had to do.

According to the Zócalo media, the High Impact Crime Investigations prosecutor of the Attorney General’s Office of the State of MorelosLuis Flores Barrios confirmed that the institution opened an investigation file for the crime of coercion.

Gente Nueva is known as a faction or armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal group that operates mainly in Mexico. This faction has played an important role in the operations and confrontations of the Sinaloa Cartel against other rival organizations, with the aim of controlling strategic territories for drug trafficking and other illicit activities.

The crime of extortion increased in Morelos in 2023. (Infobae)

Gente Nueva has been implicated in various violent actions, including armed confrontations, murders and kidnappings, as part of the Sinaloa Cartel’s strategies to maintain and expand its influence. Rivalry with other cartels and criminal groups has contributed to the escalation of violence in certain regions of Mexico, affecting the security and well-being of local communities.

According to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), revealed that from January 1 to December 31, 2023 in Mexico, 10,333 research folders for the crime of extortion.

Compared to the same period but in 2022, this crime practically remained, since in that year 10 more cases were registered, that is, 10,343 incidents.

About Morelosin 2023, 236 acts of extortion were registered, which represented an increase of 60% compared to 2022, when 147 cases were registered.

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