Wave of violence keeps Tabasco under siege


Arrest and execution of alleged criminals unleashes a wave of violence in Tabasco

On the night of Monday, April 22, various videos began to circulate on social networks in which you can see and hear a series of violent clashes between security forces and members of organized crime in the municipality of Cárdenas, in the state of Tabasco.

According to information from local media, the attacks supposedly focused on the facilities of the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion, located in said town. This situation generated tension and concern among citizens amid a climate of violence in the town.

Videos spread on social networks show the presence of Navy elements aboard a helicopter flying over the area in response to these events. In addition, the detonation of high-caliber weapons can be heard for several minutes.

Despite the videos and reports, the spokesperson for the Tabasco government, Juan Carlos Castillejos, confirmed that the 57th Infantry Battalion did not receive any type of attack: “According to information from @SEDENAmx there was no attack on the 57th Battalion. ”, he wrote through his X account (formerly Twitter).

Blockades, burning cars, and deaths
The recent wave of violence in Tabasco, specifically on the Cárdenas-Comalcalco highway and its surroundings, has triggered a series of worrying events that have affected the security and tranquility of the region.

The series of violent events recorded, including the burning of buses and private vehicles, has increased tension in the region, leaving at least one person dead and multiple material damages.

The origin of this wave of violence dates back to operations carried out by the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), together with the National Guard and the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection of Tabasco, in response to criminal activities reported in the area.

One of these operations was carried out in Town C-21 of La Chontalpa, where a confrontation took place between federal forces and armed civilians.

As a result of this operation, four alleged criminals were arrested and two were killed, as well as the seizure of weapons, drugs, and vehicles. This fact seems to have been the trigger that provoked a violent reaction by groups linked to organized crime.

The attacks on infrastructure and civilians, such as the burning of vehicles on the Cárdenas-Comalcalco federal highway, appear to be acts of retaliation for the authorities’ actions against organized crime. In one of the most serious incidents, criminals intercepted a passenger bus, forcing those on board to get off before setting the vehicle on fire, an incident that resulted in the death of one person.

To date, no official statement has been issued detailing the total damage or the exact number of victims as a result of these attacks.

This outbreak of violence reflects not only the challenge that criminal groups represent for security in the region but also the complications inherent in the implementation of security operations in areas with a strong presence of organized crime.

The community in Tabasco, particularly in Cárdenas, is waiting for concrete actions that not only restore order but also guarantee lasting peace and the protection of citizens against the violence that, until now, has deeply marked the region.


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