Power outage in war-torn Aguililla since Friday; blockages thwart repairs



A backhoe lifts a blockade earlier this year in Aguililla.

The city of Michoacán has been at the center of a long battle between rival cartels

Cartel lockdowns continue to wreak havoc in Aguililla, Michoacán, not only cutting off access to the highway, but cutting electricity and phone service since Friday, residents said.

The blockade of the Aguililla-Apatzingán highway prevented workers from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) from entering the municipality to restore power.

A resident of Apzingán, a neighboring municipality, confirmed that members of the cartel were behind the blockade. “We cannot enter Aguililla. There is no cell phone service because… they cut off the electricity on Fridays, there is none. Why? We don’t know exactly, but we do know that the CFE cannot enter… it is blocked by the Cárteles Unidos… You cannot enter the city… and you cannot leave it, ”he said.

He added that the CFE did not want to enter the city.

Despite the reports, the state’s interior minister, Armando Hurtado Arévalo, said services to the city had been normalized since a tropical storm hit.

The Archbishop of Michoacán, Carlos Garfias, this weekend urged the federal government to set up a security committee to tackle violence in the region.

For several months and despite the operations of the police and the army, Aguililla has been the scene of a bloody turf war between the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Cárteles Unidos. Violence has long been rife in the city, where CJNG leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes – a wanted man in Mexico and the United States – was born.

With reports of Reforma


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