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    CARACAS (Sputnik) - The Mexican mafia has started threatening Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, saying that it will resort to violence if the presdient does not end a special operation against the mafia in the central state of Guanajuato, local media reported on Sunday.

    The media outlet Noticaribe said that members of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel have displayed posters with threats on a bridge in the city of Celaya, Guanajuato State. According to the text on these posters, the head of the cartel, known under the alias Hammer, is calling on Obrador to halt a special operation in Guanajuato in order to avoid serious problems, including violence.

    The cartel's head specifically wants Obrador to withdraw naval infantry and military from Guanajuato, where operations countering the so-called huachicoleros — gangs stealing and then illegally selling fuel — are underway. The head of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel referred to the killing of one of the cartel's leaders in a gunfight with the federal government.

    Guanajuato, which is disputed between several drug cartels, has been swept up by violence since 2018. In late May 2018, over 60 people were killed there in the course of just several days, and 40 more were killed in July 2018, over several days as well.

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    Obrador announced soon after taking office in 2018 that he would prioritise the fight against fuel theft. The Mexican authorities then stopped pumping fuel through several pipelines in order to combat illegal insets through which gasoline was being stolen, and also switched to fuel deliveries in tanks. Mexican troops were also deployed to all the oil refineries and strategically important facilities in the transportation system.


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