U.S. Issues Travel Alert to Guanajuato for Violent Acts

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a travel alert for the violence that occurred in Guanajuato, after several violent events were recorded in the state.
 “Reconsider travel to the state of Guanajuato due to crime, following numerous confirmed acts of violence on August 9, including the arson of buildings and vehicles,” the statement read.

ALERT: U.S. GOVERNMENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS Following numerous confirmed acts of violence on August 9, including arson of buildings and vehicles, U.S. citizens are reminded to reconsider travel to Guanajuato state due to crime. https://t.co/CpMyRWstvB pic.twitter.com/GHtzmpIT7H
— U.S. Embassy in Mex (@USEmbassyMEX) August 11, 2022

“Until further notice, U.S. government employees have been restricted from traveling on Highway 45 from Irapuato to the cities of Silao and León in the state of Guanajuato,” the alert document states.
In the alert, the U.S. government explains that the violence in the state is caused by the theft of oil and gas, in addition to the fact that the murders in the southern region of the state are associated with cartel-related violence.
“Gang violence, often associated with the theft of oil and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, mainly in the southern and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.”

On August 9, guanajuato authorities reported the burning of three vehicles in Celaya.
Libia García, secretary of government of Guanajuato, said that “subjects were identified in 2 municipalities who tried to set fire to establishments and cars, I share that it is confirmed that there are detainees and there are no injuries.”
For his part, the governor of the state, Diego Sinhue, gave “instructions to strengthen security and operations in permanent coordination with the municipalities.”
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