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There was a very long article in the newspaper Metropolis which when translated is a bit rough, and some of it was a bit too graphic, so I am only posting the part about the Palmilla incident. It was indeed a targeted crime, and if you read the last paragraph, it is very telling:

 

Sunday, August 6.

1.- Yosio Eduardo Montoya Vizcarra , as well as two more male people killed on the beach of Palmilla in San José del Cabo.

 

The Palmilla Case

On the specific case of the Palmilla beach, according to the first investigations of the investigative agents of the PGJE, the assassins went by Yosio Eduardo Montoya Vizcarra, whose name appeared in a "list of candidates" for sale of drug that was integrating narcomenudista Edwin Alberto López Rojas, when he was murdered the night of last August 5.

The young man, according to the first investigations, was forming a network that he called "Los Chiquinarcos", which was mostly composed of young high school students, whose ages range from 15, 16, 17 and 18 years .

To all - according to the messages found on his cell phones - "he had invited to work in the drug sale", since July 27, just when he learned of the delivery of Dámaso López Serrano "El Mini Lic" in Calexico, California , And whose place - according to said - would remain in the hands of the group so that he worked until the day of its death.

In fact, according to the Facebook account , Edwin Alberto López Rojas appears as a friend of Yosio Eduardo Montoya Vizcarra, and his brothers Moses and Jesus, the latter commented on the account of Edwin , when the following was killed: "Pa'allá let's go everyone. Rest in Peace Compa ".

According to the researchers, "the rival group was able to realize what was happening in the midst of the war between criminal cells, and undertook a hunt for young people associated with Edwin Alberto López Rojas as a strategy to disrupt that group".

Unfortunately, and in the attack of the beach Palmilla , two more people died and two they were with serious injuries.

The case generated great controversy because just when the attack occurred around 1:43 in the afternoon, the beach was to burst by mostly local bathers.

The bathers - according to witnesses - heard two bursts of long arms.

The people who were near the point of the attack, immediately ran to safeguard their physical integrity, and hid until the security forces arrived.

It is noteworthy that Metropolis , received a video of 25 seconds that supposedly was recorded at the time of the shooting of Palmilla beach, however, and after being thoroughly reviewed, an audio and video specialist, determined that the recording is a Assembly because the following reasons:

In the first place, the recording presents very few people on the beach, which of course does not correspond to the time of when the events happened.

Second, there is no alteration of the bathers, and those who remain in their normal activity, when the attack supposedly happens.

Third, and lastly, the tone of the sound of the shots does not correspond to the ambient sound of the video, so it is clear that it was edited.

In summary, according to the audio and video expert, consulted by this means, the video may have been recorded after the attack, edited with shooting sounds, and then uploaded to social networks in order to sow panic and chaos Social, seeking to damage the image of Lo Cabos.

So the cartels are seeking to damage the image of Los Cabos, why, we don't know. I can tell you that every time something happens, the Mexican government increases the Federal Police manpower. I will be there, by myself, for 11 days at the end of this month. My husband does not fear for my safety and neither do I. I can give you a more first hand experience. As with all things, the media tends to shine the light on the sensational part and forget the details.

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Thanks from me too. :)

 

We love. love Cabo and are booked on the Ruby in March.

Our traveling companions have already cancelled this cruise, but we still want to go.

 

Patti

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Thanks from me too. :)

 

We love. love Cabo and are booked on the Ruby in March.

Our traveling companions have already cancelled this cruise, but we still want to go.

 

Patti

 

Patti do your traveling companions live in San Diego like you do and I do in the summer? If so, have them count the number of shooting reported in the Union Tribune today and everyday. It's more than Cabo for sure.

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The Japanese Government has issued several warnings to Japanese citizens who might want to travel to the USA.

It is just too dangerous.

 

But no warnings for Mexico.

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The Japanese Government has issued several warnings to Japanese citizens who might want to travel to the USA.

It is just too dangerous.

 

But no warnings for Mexico.

 

What, the good 'ol US of A not safe for foreign tourists? Nah, that can't be true! :rolleyes:;)

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Ine, thanks for adding some additional perspective to the sometimes irrational hysteria. ;)

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Patti do your traveling companions live in San Diego like you do and I do in the summer? If so, have them count the number of shooting reported in the Union Tribune today and everyday. It's more than Cabo for sure.

 

No, they live in northern CA, but he is a government employee, and they are banned from going.

 

Patti

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No, they live in northern CA, but he is a government employee, and they are banned from going.

 

Patti

 

Do you know why he is banned from traveling to Mexico? Just curious because I worked for the Federal Government (both in uniform and out) for more than 40 years and was never once banned from visiting Mexico.

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Do you know why he is banned from traveling to Mexico? Just curious because I worked for the Federal Government (both in uniform and out) for more than 40 years and was never once banned from visiting Mexico.

 

Not quite sure, but I think it is the specific type of work that he does. (don't want to mention).

I did look up the US Travel Advisory warning and it did mention Los Cabos area, so IDK.

 

Patti

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Active duty military have been restricted from entering Mexico since at least 2011. Must obtain command permission before doing so.

 

 

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Active duty military have been restricted from entering Mexico since at least 2011. Must obtain command permission before doing so.

 

Can you please cite your source for this information?

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Will not post links to military regs but you can google for the info. As a part time resident of San Diego with several military family members stationed here I think can speak from experience. Approval must be obtained in advance of travel to Mexico.

 

Mexico is a great country to experience, but you need to exercise caution. We still enjoy our time.

 

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Will not post links to military regs but you can google for the info. As a part time resident of San Diego with several military family members stationed here I think can speak from experience.

 

As a San Diego native, a career military veteran (retired after 24 years), followed by another 15 years as a senior DoD consultant; I know I can speak from experience. Your anecdotal statements about DoD personnel being restricted from travel to Mexico are much less informative without citing appropriate sources other than Google.

 

Approval must be obtained in advance of travel to Mexico.

 

In all my years associated with DoD I have never had to request approval (in advance or otherwise) to visit Mexico. And I've enjoyed perhaps 30 visits there during my lifetime, with another visit scheduled for next month.

 

Mexico is a great country to experience, but you need to exercise caution.

 

It is prudent advice to exercise caution and hightened vigilance when visiting anywhere in the world, so Mexico is no different in this regard.

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A good example of misleading information. While a lot of folks like to make broad, sweeping statements such as 'military personnel are and have been restricted from travel to Mexico for many years', your reference is very specific with regard to which locations in Mexico have restrictions. Current cruises to the Mexican Riviera do not visit any of the areas cited in your reference.

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While I was associated with DoD, our travel wasn't restricted, but we had to inform the security folks when we traveled out of the USA.

 

 

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While I was associated with DoD, our travel wasn't restricted, but we had to inform the security folks when we traveled out of the USA.

 

 

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Exactly, and that was to any foreign country, not specific to Mexico. A 'security briefing' from the security folks prior to the travel was sometimes required as well depending on the country visited. These procedures have been in place for years. But an outright ban on personnel visiting any specific country (including Mexico) has not occurred as long as I have been associated with DoD.

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