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Narcobanners placed before papal visit, are in cities of Guanajuato

March 19th 2012   ·   0 Comments

LEON, March 18. – In the midst of the safety devices before the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Guanajuato, to be held next Friday 23 March to Monday 26, several cities around the state woke up yesterday with blankets attributed to groups criminals.

The messages were placed on pedestrian bridges in Leon, Irapuato, Salamanca, San Miguel de Allende, Yuriria, Moroleón and Uriangato, according to local police reports.

According to information provided by the authorities, the messages would be attributed to the criminal organization known as The Knights Templar, born in Michoacan and Guanajuato with a strong presence.

According to the police report, the messages would, in principle, intended to demarcate the group where possible acts of violence.

On 22 January, the Archbishop of Leon, Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, organized crime called a truce during the papal visit.

Narcobanners invade cities of Guanajuato

Amid security arrangements applied by members of the federal and local police in seven municipalities of Guanajuato appeared several narcobanners, which allegedly claimed authorship Knights Templar.

Contain blankets, apparently messages where the criminal organization disclaims any violence during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Guanajuato.

The messages were placed on pedestrian bridges in Leon, Irapuato, Salamanca, San Miguel de Allende, Yuriria, Moroleón and Uriangato, according to local police reports.

Police sources reported that City of Irapuato notices appeared simultaneously around 7:00 am on Saturday. These three blankets, one of them was placed in the area of ​​a vehicular clover exit Abasolo, at the height of the Purisima colony of the Garden, a vehicular bridge over the colony of the Americas, compared to CBTIS 65, off to Leon, and another in the Bicentennial Bridge located on the boulevard Mariano J. Garcia, at the height of the colony May Day.

All three contain the same message. Excelsior published Thursday that a similar action was developed by New Generation Jalisco cartel in the city of Leon.

It is recalled that on 22 January, the Archbishop of Leon, Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, called a truce with organized crime during the papal visit.

“If my word reaches them, tell them to take into account the time that we live, is one of peace and grace that can work even allowing all these people coming to an act which is totally respectable, not do anything that may lead to an experience of grief, “he said.

Blankets, media, crime

For some municipalities of Guanajuato, the appearance of narcobanners is already a constant phenomenon, namely that in locations such as Celaya, Moroleón, Uriangato, Jerécuaro, Coroneo Acámbaro and preventive police picks up messages that are placed at daybreak.

Either vehicular or pedestrian bridges, blankets actions announced that criminal organizations seek to undertake, and are placed at dawn to avoid being detected by police patrols.

Thus, we recall from threats to the attorney general of Guanajuato, to welcome Pope Benedict XVI, as has happened now, the product of criminal organizations like the Knights Templar, and La Familia Michoacana cartel Jalisco New Generation, among others.

The appearance of these mats in southern municipalities of Guanajuato, is attributed to its geographical proximity to the state of Michoacan. Sometimes even local police report to public events, simply say and give them to the Attorney General’s Office.

Medieval style

The criminal organization The Knights Templar is considered an offshoot of the cartel La Familia Michoacana.

- Several police reports say that the Knights Templar indoctrinate their members with mixed messages from the Bible texts and self-help books.

- This organization is inspired by the group of the same name that appeared in Jerusalem in the mid-twelfth century.

- In 1118, during the reign of Baldwin I, reuniron nine men led by Hugo de Payns, who had grown up under a solid Christian education and was an expert in handling weapons. Its purpose was to protect pilgrims coming to Jerusalem from Europe to the Holy Land.

- To swell their ranks, the organization uses an intensive recruitment process to strengthen and not to lose control of drug trafficking from Central America.

- The recruitment strategy is to distribute from hand to hand, in bars, shops, eateries and markets, the Code of the Knights Templar of Michoacan, a 24-page booklet that emulates the rules of discipline and honor of the Order of the Templars at the time of the Crusades.

The emergence of the Knights Templar

On March 11, 2011 caused excitement in Michoacán the news that a new group of organized crime had appeared in the state.

Excelsior published that day in municipalities in Michoacan, as Morelia, Apatzingan, Lazaro Cardenas appeared Zitacuaro and blankets with the announcement of the formation of a new criminal organization called the Knights Templar.

In pedestrian bridges of different entrances to the capital of Michoacan, in buildings, schools Apatzingan in monuments and squares in Zitacuaro blankets appeared signed by the self-group The Knights Templar, who realize on their appearance and conduct of various activities altruistic, once effected La Familia Michoacana.

The local deputy district Zitacuaro, Juan Carlos Ponce, then revealed that in addition to the blankets, it was reported the distribution of shirts, hats and stickers with the logo of The Knights Templar among the civilian population of the municipality.

“Besides being used blankets citizens, traders, transporters, shirts and caps for use with the same name, now the Knights Templar. Are using them, “said Ponce.

The legislator considered that this is the same organization La Familia Michoacana, which allegedly fell apart, but with another name. “It could be a change of name, at one point leave open the door saying that any group who took charge of Michoacan and that they, at any given time, could come to support, there is the issue of blankets and Advertise with the creation of a new wing of alleged organized crime “, said the local legislature.

Campos Ponce added that it was strange that the blankets appeared in public spaces, which are supposed monitored.

“It is very rare, are just outside the town hall of Zitacuaro, next to the monument to Benito Juarez, who are being guarded by police 24 hours, and place a blanket of that size it takes time.”

The visit will cost 60 million pesos

The Guanajuato paid almost 60 million pesos to receive Pope Benedict XVI. The urban development, both Leon and the state capital, the adequacy of Expo Bicentennial Park, establishment of terraces in the hills adyadentes, civil protection operations, health and strengthening security, mean that expenditure.

Benedict XVI will arrive Friday afternoon at the International Airport of Guanajuato. Overnight in Leon until the day of his departure for Cuba on Monday 26 March, and in that space will hold a meeting with President Calderon and greet children and the disabled in the center of the city of Guanajuato. A Mass crowded Expo Bicentennial Park in Silao, and will have a ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Leon.

The government secretary, Germain Hector Lopez Santillana, announced that the state government will spend 35 million pesos in regard to the security police operation and emergency in relation to civil protection.

Added to this is the main in the preparation of Expo Bicentennial Park, which aims to get to 300 thousand people crowded the church, the establishment of terraces in the nearby hills for a similar amount of people, and arrangements in the House of Conde Rul in the capital of Guanajuato, to the Head of State Vatican meets with President of Mexico.

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