The business sector of Tamaulipas pointed out that the increase in violence in Reynosa is due to the dispute between criminal groups for control of the city’s customs, mainly due to fuel smuggling.
It’s a statement, Julio Almanza Armaspresident of the State Federation of Chambers of Commerce (Fecanaco), indicated that in recent years this activity has been the one that leaves the most resources for criminal organizations.
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The businessman even accused that fuel smuggling in Reynosa is covered up by the militarized National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM).
”The acts of violence in Tamaulipas, and those that occurred last week in Reynosa, are due to the dispute between criminal groups for control of customs.
”Perceiving a clear trend of National Customs Agency and its retired general head, André Georges Foullon Van Lissum, (as well as) the head of the Sedena“Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, of trying to direct the smuggling, since for six months the illegal huachicol was crossing through Matamoros and now it has been directed to Reynosa, generating an unprecedented wave of violence,” he indicated.
Almanza Armas explained that the smuggling of fuel and merchandise through customs has a direct impact on the stability and security of the region, as well as on the quality of life of its inhabitants.
“We ask for the direct intervention of the President.” Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Governor Américo Villarreal Anaya to face this problem head-on and without lukewarmness; In addition to requiring greater coordination with the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the United States, who already have this activity and its implications in their sights,” he said.
Just on Friday, shootings, chases and blockades paralyzed activities and caused the suspension of classes in Reynosa; while on Thursday a businessman was murdered in a shopping plaza.
The employers’ sector condemned the violence that has been generated in Reynosa in recent days due to the dispute between criminal gangs seeking to control the city.
Through a letter, Coparmex requested the coordination of the three levels of government to guarantee the safety of citizens.
”We need the Federation, State and Municipality to coordinate so that they fulfill their constitutional duty to guarantee security. The population of Reynosa It demands tranquility, peace, simply because we have that human right to citizen security,” he indicated.