‘Leave the priests alone,’ Mexican drug cartel tells rivals

One of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels posted a video on social media asking other drug cartels in the country to keep the violence to themselves and avoid hurting innocent people, especially priests and priests. pastors. The video comes just two weeks after a Sinaloa cartel cell murdered two Catholic priests inside a church, sparking international outrage.

In a video posted this week on social media, gunmen from the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) delivered a message on behalf of their leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes. In the video, they claim that they are not disturbing any religion and are leaving pastors and priests alone.

The video shows a group of armed men in tactical gear with the men in the rear carrying .50 caliber rifles while a group in the front carry what appear to be belt-fed light machine guns. In the message, an unknown person speaking on behalf of the cartel calls on other criminal organizations to avoid targeting religious figures.

“They deserve special respect. These are people who are dedicated only to delivering the word of God and helping those in need,” the unknown man said in the video.

When other cartels encounter priests or pastors, the man in the video asks them to treat them with respect and not to assault them. He also asked that the gunmen avoid disturbing doctors, nurses and teachers visiting small towns and rural villages.

The video comes as the Mexican government becomes embroiled in a new controversy as senior church officials have called on the country’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), to protect the public after members of the Gente cell Nueva of the Sinaloa Cartel murdered two priests inside a church in the state of Chihuahua and then stole their bodies. The Mexican president has hit back at Catholic Church leaders saying impunity has ended under his administration.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Reverends Javier Campos, 79, and Joaquín Mora, 80, died inside their church trying to protect a tour guide that a group of cartel gunmen allegedly attempted to kidnap and murder.

Two days after the murder, Mexican authorities announced the recovery of the bodies of the two priests and the tour guide. Following the case, the Mexican federal government announced a campaign to capture Jose Noriel “El Chueco” Portillo Gil, a regional leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist from Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.


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