Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN
This is the moment machine-gun-toting members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel declare war on a rival splinter group.
According to the video, the ‘Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), known as the ‘Jalisco New Generation Cartel’ in English, have announced their arrival in the municipality of Tepalcatepec in the central Mexican state of Michoacan, bordering with the state of Jalisco.
In the footage uploaded to social media, a group of masked men in uniform is seen brandishing machine guns.
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A man in the background, believed to be the CJNG’s current leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes aka ‘El Mencho’, says: “Good afternoon people of Tepalcatepec and its surroundings, we are Mr. Mencho’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel and we inform you this has nothing to do with you people.
“We are going to fight against ‘El Abuelo’ (‘The Grandfather’) and anyone who raises guns to support him.
“The row against El Abuelo started because he supported ‘El Poncho’.
“And now the row is with all of El Abuelo’s cartel.”
According to local media, ‘El Poncho’ refers to Alfonso Fernandez Magallon, who is the suspected leader of a CJNG splinter group operating in the nearby municipality of Los Reyes.
Following the video’s release, people close to El Abuelo denied being criminals on social media and vowed to prevent any criminal group from entering their municipality.
Reports said that El Abuelo, identified as Farias Alvarez, was the CJNG leader in Michoacan and one of the founders of the self-defence groups formed by residents to defend themselves.
The CJNG is known for being ruthless as in the last couple of weeks they have released reckoning videos or footages showing its force.
Last week the Jalisco cartel released footage that showed a group of “elite” cartel hitmen in full army gear and assault rifles parading the bloodied leader of a rival gang in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.
The body of the victim was found hanging from a bridge along with another victim a few days after.
Also last week, 19 bodies were found hanged in Uruapan in the state of Michoacan while the dismembered parts of other victims were scattered around the same area.
In a written message left with the corpses, the CJNG reportedly took responsibility for the killings.
Last week, the CJNG released footage of suspected members in army gear parading the bloodied body of rival Antonio Cervantes who had reportedly been found hanged under a bridge with an unnamed associate.
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