Friday, May 22, a fight broke out between civilians who were armed, and security forces, according to a government official in western Mexico. Local media has reported that as many as 46 people may have been killed in the shooting. In the state of Michoacan, which is a common area for shady things to happen. Powerful drug gangs have been operating in that area for years.
At least 37 suspects and two federal police officers have been killed. Tanhuato, the neighbor to Michoacan, a week ago Yurecuaro, a leftist candidate, was murdered. He had been the former head of the militia for self-defense. The government in Tanhuato Village, has strongly cracked down on a very strong cartel, Jalisco New Generation. The cartel had retaliated with a number of attacks against authorities, including downing a military helicopter.
Saturday, May 21, a Mexican gang attacked a convoy of federal police in western Mexico. This started off a shootout that killed five federal officers, three suspects and two bystanders. Currently 10 people are dead, and there is no word on arrests or the injured.
By Jeanette Smith
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