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Entertainment Guide - July 23, 2016

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Entertainment Guide - July 23, 2016

Operalia

The final of Placido Domingo’s international opera competition will take place inside a sold-out Teatro Degollado.

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Entertainment Guide - July 16, 2016

7 DAYS AGO

Tuesday recitals

The Martes de Música y Ópera series sponsored by the Jalisco Culture Department attracts some truly stellar classical performers and it’s all free!

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International ‘gang’ teams up for Ajijic mural

7 DAYS AGO
International ‘gang’  teams up for Ajijic mural

A handful of men from various parts of the Americas are collaborating on a mural at the entrance of Casa Domenech, a new restaurant in Ajijic. 

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‘Phenomenal’ piccolo player to perform locally

7 DAYS AGO
‘Phenomenal’ piccolo player to perform locally

Mariaceli Navarro, an accomplished Venezuelan piccolo player, teams up this summer with Tim Welch, well known Chapala area pianist, in a series of local concerts culminating in an international competition in San Diego, California.

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Ribera Arts Review - July 23, 2016

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Ribera Arts Review - July 23, 2016

Variety at Bravo!

“Extravaganza – a Variety Show” continues at the Bravo! Theatre this weekend with shows Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, 4 p.m. 

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Ribera Arts Review - July 16, 2016

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - July 16, 2016

Summer workshops

“Pure Tales” is the theme of a summer course theater workshop for children to be held at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala from July 18 to August 12.

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At the Movies - July 23, 2016

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Criminal

Sociopathic death-row inmate Jerico Stewart is implanted with the memories of a deceased CIA agent in a desperate attempt to thwart a deadly plot involving a Dutch hacker.

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At the Movies - July 16, 2016

7 DAYS AGO

UPCOMING FLICKS

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Columns

Noted muralist in constant demand

7 DAYS AGO
Noted muralist in constant demand

In 2009, artist Jorge Monroy surprised everyone by creating “Under the Wings of Mercury,” a stunning mural adorning the lobby of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce on Avenida Vallarta. 

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‘Before It’s Too Late’: ground-breaking cookbook seeks to preserve Jalisco’s gastronomical tradition

14 DAYS AGO
‘Before It’s Too Late’: ground-breaking cookbook seeks to preserve Jalisco’s gastronomical tradition

In 2010, Mexico’s traditional cuisine was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It was the first time the food of any country had received such an honor.

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A legal issue for our times: Encryption on smart phones

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A story that has disappeared off the front pages is the controversy over encryption on smart phones, but you may still read about this on the inside pages.

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Cybercrooks unveil ransomware

1 MONTHS AGO

Sometimes I can tell where there is a new virus/malware scam in town. 

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VIEWPOINT: UK opts out of Europe: The end of tolerance, the rise of demagoguery & a warning to the United States

21 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: UK opts out of Europe: The end of tolerance, the rise of demagoguery & a warning to the United States

In a vote of historic proportions, the people of the United Kingdom have decided by a slender margin to jump ship and go it alone, turning their backs on the European Union (EU), a relationship they have maintained, albeit shakily, since 1973.

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Lincoln & Mexico: Local author, teacher sets the record straight through sound research and a nudge from his students

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Lincoln & Mexico: Local author, teacher sets the record straight through sound research and a nudge from his students

Back in January 2013, many of the 11th-grade students in Michael Hogan’s U.S. history class at Guadalajara’s American School attended an early screening of “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s much touted biopic.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

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I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

7 DAYS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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You say rivera, I say ribera, let’s call the whole thing off

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You say rivera, I say ribera, let’s call the whole thing off

What label to you attach to the land area bordering Mexico’s largest lake? Most English-speakers call it “Lakeside,” a simple and fitting description. The waters muddy when it comes to Spanish terminology. 

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Viewing Ajijic and San Miguel side-by-side

7 DAYS AGO

As folks in Ajijic are buzzing about the prospects of gaining Pueblo Mágico status, news is just out that San Miguel de Allende has been ranked number one in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2016 list of Latin America’s best cities and third out of 15 on the worldwide roster.

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Expat Living

American society in party mood for US birthday

14 DAYS AGO
American society in party mood for US birthday

Spenser McMullen and his wife Cecilia Villanueva were two of the 50 plus people enjoying the festivities at the American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) celebration of U.S. Independence Day, July 7.

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St. Mark’s Anglican hosts US Independence Day picnic

21 DAYS AGO
St. Mark’s Anglican hosts  US Independence Day picnic

Everyone is invited to a July Fourth picnic and game day in St. Mark’s garden (the church hall in case of rain), the afternoon of Saturday, July 2.

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City Living - July 23, 2016

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City Living - July 23, 2016

Mushroom Festival at Lion’s Club

The Circulo de Produccion farmer’s market cooperative hosts a Feria de Hongos (Mushroom Festival) Sunday, July 31 at the Club de Leones, Av. de los Leones 75, Colonia Tepeyac Casino, Zapopan.

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City Living - July 15, 2016

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City Living - July 15, 2016

Tourism fair in Plaza Liberacion

An annual tourism fair showcasing more than 80 Jalisco-based attractions and services will set up shop in downtown Guadalajara’s Plaza de la Liberacion Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. 

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Seasoned traveler/photographer shows her work

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Seasoned traveler/photographer shows her work

Photographer Maureen Clark opens an exhibit of her work at La Mision Restaurant Friday, July 22.

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Weekly Worship - July 23, 2016

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Lakeside Presbyterian 

Sunday, July 24, Pastor Ross Arnold of Lakeside Presbyterian Church continues his “Great Adventure” series with a sermon entitled “Knowing Who We Are.” 

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Laguna Chapalac - July 23, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - July 23, 2016

Ixtlahuacan fiestas 

Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos continues its festivities of Santo Santiago (St. James) through Monday July 25, including colorful religious processions taking place every evening around 6 p.m., nighttime entertainment and fireworks at the central plaza and round-the-clock s...

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Laguna Chapalac - July 16, 2016

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 16, 2016

Open Circle

“Think Again . . . Because Thinking Once Might Not Be Enough!” will be the presentation by Phil Rylett at Open Circle, Sunday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) garden.

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Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

14 DAYS AGO
Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta American Legion Post 14 Commander Dennis Rike and his wife Dinia on the Vallarta Adventures special Canada Day/July 4th cruise across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas on July 2.

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US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

1 MONTHS AGO
US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

Crew members of the USCGC Active, a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter, rolled up their sleeves to help out at Puerto Vallarta community projects last week.

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North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

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North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

The Philo Legacy

The Northshore was shocked by the sudden death of Philo Hayward due to heart failure in the summer of 2015. 

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North Banderas Beat – March 12, 2016

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North Banderas Beat – March 12, 2016

Chacala Festival

Chacala is a relaxing fishing village situated in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, about 25 miles north of Bucerias/northshore.  Each March, the Puerto de Chacala Music and Art Festival brings together musicians and other artists for a three-day, three-night celebration, comp...

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La Manzanilla Memo – April 1, 2016

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La Manzanilla Memo – April 1, 2016

A Dream Come True

Walt Disney once said that “Any dream can come true if you have the courage to pursue it.” Well Mr. Disney, our pueblo just proved you were right!

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Laguna Chapalac - March 19, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - March 19, 2016

Something’s Cooking!

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the cooking classes offered by local legend Eileen Zack.  

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 26, 2016

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 26, 2016

Labour of Love

At least 18 years have passed since work began on the Church of San Felipe de Jesus in Barra’s barrio. With continuous effort by the community half of the church is complete.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – March 12, 2016

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – March  12, 2016

For Bibliophiles

When Leone Ewoldt built her house in Villa Obregon in 2006, she had a room made for a book exchange because of her love of reading and sharing books with others. Having sold everything, including hundreds of books when she left Seattle, her new little room soon filled up and the bo...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - April 16, 2015

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - April 16, 2015

Shop-A-Holic

Only a few Fridays left to shop at the Marsol Hotel Market, which takes place in the lobby from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and runs through the end of April.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – April 1, 2016

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – April 1, 2016

Making New Friends

There are many informal get-togethers organized by the ExPats group in Vallarta. This gives you a chance to meet others living here full- or part-time, or people who are on vacation. Here are April’s events:

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Mexican Lifestyles

Looking Back: A review of July news from the last 50 years

7 DAYS AGO

In this monthly series, the Guadalajara Reporter republishes a few of the headlines from its July editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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The wisdom of the Mexican will

7 DAYS AGO

Wills are documents many detest.  The mere act of putting one together recognizes that inevitable fact of life. 

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

1 MONTHS AGO
Surf’s up in Michoacán

In the depths of New York’s bitterly cold winter, a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon: two friends would be available for a two-week surf trip in May. 

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

It’s a glorious feeling as you swim into the beautiful secluded beach of the Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas). As you pass under a rocky arch in the island there is a moment when the tide turns in your favor and washes you gently towards the sandy shoreline. It is as if the island has deemed y...

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Jardin Plaza Ajijic: A popular meeting spot, people-watching

7 DAYS AGO

The Jardin Plaza Ajijic restaurant is located on the north east corner of the main plaza (jardin) in downtown Ajijic. 

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Talented chef creates world-class cuisine at Go Bistro

21 DAYS AGO

If leading international food critics such as Michelin were to start looking at restaurants in Ajijic, Go Bistro would receive high marks. 

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New novel asks, ‘Could culture war over same-sex marriage evolve into civil war?’

2 MONTHS AGO

Ajijic resident Tom Nussbaum says he watched the November 6, 2012 election results on television with disbelief and joy. 

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Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

7 MONTHS AGO
Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

Robert Bruce Drynan of Ajijic is the author of “Domain of the Scorpion” (2009), a thriller set in Colombia and Venezuela and Panama, that introduces several characters we meet again in his latest novel, “The Shadow of Nemesis,” set largely in Mexico. “Domain of the Scor...

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Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

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Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

More than 600 doctors in some 24 cities in the country are registered with Risaterapia (laughter therapy) A.C., a group that brings doses of medicine that smiling children take willingly.

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Six transplants from one donor

3 MONTHS AGO

The relatives of a 30-plus year old man declared brain-dead after an automobile accident donated his organs and tissues and brought new life to six patients last week.

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News

City center gets deep cleanse

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City center gets deep cleanse

Pioneering Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Alfaro is determined to fulfill his stated goal to “clean up” the historic city center – quite literally!

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Guadalajara wants Gay Games

7 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara has launched a bid to host Gay Games XI in 2022, along with ten other cities worldwide. 

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Students thank sponsors at NCA graduation bash

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Students thank sponsors  at NCA graduation bash

In sync with the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) held a celebration luncheon Saturday, July 16 to honor 39 sponsored students who graduated this year from pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school programs. 

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Local students learn about AIDS/HIV issues

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Local students learn about AIDS/HIV issues

One of the goals of Ajijic Cares, founded at Lakeside three years ago, is to provide education for young people on AIDS and HIV.

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Cultural offerings in Ixtlahuacán continue this weekend

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The annual Santo Santiago fiestas in nearby Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos continues with cultural events in the town plaza every evening, 8 p.m. Appearing Friday, July 22 are the Rondalla de Chapala. 

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Congress pledges to ditch bottled water

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The Jalisco state legislature looks to be keeping its word about environmental sustainability and adhering to a “green” agenda.

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Could an ‘Orlando’ happen in Mexico?

2 HOURS AGO

Incidents of homophobia have increased in Mexico in the wake of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, a leading NGO attests. 

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Alitalia’s new flight to Rome

7 DAYS AGO

Italian airline Alitalia has launched a direct service from Mexico City to Rome, the “city of external love.”

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Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

21 DAYS AGO
Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

Children in the Puerto Vallarta area undergoing treatment for cancer enjoyed an unforgettable day of fun and adventure, swimming and cavorting with dolphins Saturday, June 18.

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Cuastecomates: the ground-breaking ‘disabled-inclusive’ beach town in Jalisco

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Cuastecomates: the ground-breaking ‘disabled-inclusive’ beach town in Jalisco

Jalisco’s first “disabled-inclusive” beach has opened in Cuastecomates in the municipality of Cihuatlán just north of Melaque.   

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US birthday marked in style

14 DAYS AGO
US birthday marked in style

The United States Consulate General marked U.S. Independence Day with a party for around 650 guests at the Tec de Monterrey campus in Guadalajara Friday, July 1.

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Canadians flock to July 1 fete

14 DAYS AGO
Canadians flock to July 1 fete

National pride and a spirit of international friendship drew a big crowd to the July 1 Canada Day celebration held at the Nuevo Chapala clubhouse.

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Tips and tricks for US ‘persons’ filing a Foreign Bank Account Report

28 DAYS AGO

I cannot stress enough the importance of timely and correctly filing a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) if you are required to.

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BMW starts work on new plant

1 MONTHS AGO

German carmaker BMW has laid the first stone of its new assembly plant San Luis Potosi.

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Obituary - July 23, 2016

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Obituary - July 23, 2016

Jack Bruce Carson

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Obituaries - July, 9 2016

14 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - July, 9 2016

George Richard Thomas

George Richard Thomas, 82, a 16-year resident of Ajijic, has passed away.

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Major League Baseball coming to Guadalajara?

7 DAYS AGO

Mexican businessman Carlos Bremer met with Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred last week to discuss plans to bring the big league to three cities in Mexico in 2017.

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Countdown to Rio

14 DAYS AGO
Countdown to Rio

Guadalajara’s Nataly Michel, 25, has become the first Mexican to qualify for a fencing foil event at an Olympic Games.

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Guadalajara hit by 'narco-blockades' following federal police operation

For the second time this year, armed criminals laid siege to Guadalajara on Saturday,  August 25, burning buses and blocking streets around the outskirts of the city and surrounding areas of Jalisco.

The violence was provoked by a federal police raid on a Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) hideout in the municipality of Tonaya, about 100 kilometers south-west of Guadalajara, early Saturday afternoon.

Federal agents shot dead six suspected gang members and the CJNG responded by setting up 28 “narcobloqueos” across the state. Media reports suggested that the cartel’s leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho,” had been arrested but federal police later denied this was the case.

Immediately after the shootout, the CJNG seized at least 35 vehicles, setting most of them alight to block seven roads in the metropolitan area and another 15 roads in other parts of Jalisco. One innocent bystander was killed in the process.

Another five “narco-blockades” were reported in the neighboring state of Colima, while there were six more blockades in Jalisco in the early hours of Sunday morning. Marines then arrested four suspected CJNG members in Ciudad Guzman later on Sunday.

After much confusion, the federal Public Security Agency (SSP) revealed on Sunday that the raid in Tonaya had been the catalyst for the weekend of chaos. The operation involved five Black Hawk helicopters and one Mi-17, in which federal agents were transported to the town of Amacuautitlan.

There they exchanged fire with six gunmen, killing all of them. Three agents were wounded and taken to a hospital in Guadalajara, none of whom are in a serious condition.

In the operation the police seized four rocket launchers, four AK-47 assault rifles, two M-60 machine guns, a shotgun, an R-15 rifle, two 9mm pistols, 15 fragmentation grenades, 113 magazines and 900 rounds of ammunition. The SSP said the ensuing blockades were aimed at preventing further action from the authorities.

It was a heavy, humid afternoon in Guadalajara and as news of disturbances filtered in the streets became eerily quiet, aside from an array of police vehicles rumbling across the city and the occasional helicopter circling overhead.

From around 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. seven blockades were reported across the metropolitan zone: two on the Periferico beltway at the Lopez Mateos and Mariano Otero intersections, two in Tlajomulco on the highway to Chapala, two on the highway to Zapotlanejo and one in Buenavista on the highway to Morelia.

The State Attorney General’s Office (PGJEJ) confirmed one death: that of 22-year-old Eugenio Gonzalez Paz, who was hit by a stray bullet when gunmen seized three vehicles in the latter blockade.

Another 15 blockades took place across Jalisco, with incidents confirmed in Puerto Vallarta, Ciudad Guzman, Poncitlan, Jamay, Tuxcueca, Tizapan el Alto and Union de Tula. Different media reports also placed blockades in Tepatitlan de Morelos, San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, El Grullo, Tonila, Capilla de Guadalupe, La Barca and Zapotlan del Rey. Meanwhile in Colima, three more blockades were reported in Ameria and two in Tecoman.

Six more blockades were reported early Sunday morning in Jalisco. Between 3.10 and 5.10 a.m., burning vehicles were left on the Chapala highway, near the junction with the road from Santa Rosa to La Barca; in Ayotlan, on the road to Atotonilco El Alto; in Zapotlan del Rey on the highway to Morelia; on the road from Tototlan to Atotonilco El Alto; and in Ocotlan and Jamay on the Santa Rosa-La Barca highway.

Later on Sunday Marines arrested four suspected CJNG members in Ciudad Guzman. They were identified as Raul Sosa Jimenez, alias “El Bufalo,” the suspected head of a cell of assassins; Guillermo Alberto Ramirez Mundo, alias “El Wily;” Jose Antonio Reyes Mundo, alias “El Tres P;” and Maria Nelida Flores Reyes, alias “La Gorda.”

A Marine spokesperson revealed they seized five assault rifles, five handguns, magazines and cartridges, police clothing and badges, military insignia, two vehicles, communications equipment and about 1.2 kilos of a substance believed to be crystal meth.

Three more suspected members of the CJNG were arrested on Monday in the municipality of La Barca just east of Lake Chapala, accused of involvement in Saturday’s blockades.

The suspects were identified as Jose Antonio Aviña Guajardo, 24; Juan Pablo Arellano Fernandez, 20; and Ernesto Vasquez Estrada, 22. They were found in possession of four 19-litre containers full of gasoline.

The CJNG carried out a similar wave of blockades in and around Guadalajara in March, following the arrest of leader Erick Valencia Salazar at his home in Zapopan. Allied with the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, the CJNG is believed to be locked in a turf war with La Resistencia and its notorious allies Los Zetas, for control of Jalisco.

Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez was receiving a prize in Italy when the blockades took place on Saturday, having apparently left the state without prior notice. Upon returning to Mexico, he held a cabinet meeting on security at the Casa Jalisco on Sunday.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) state President Juan Carlos Guerrero Fausto criticized Gonzalez for his unexplained absence, noting that “if it were not for these unfortunate incidents, neither the citizens, nor the media, nor local government entities would have even realized that the governor had left the country.”

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