Mexican president cancels visit to border city under cartel siege

Mexican president cancels visit to border city under cartel siege

[Ed. – That would be a city on our border with Mexico (Reynosa, across from McAllen, TX).  The mayor of Nuevo Laredo, northwest of Reynosa along the Rio Grande, got caught in cartel crossfire during a public event just a few days ago.  It’s now too dangerous for the president of Mexico to visit one of his own cities, right on the U.S. border.]

President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled an upcoming local visit. The decision comes after Reynosa recently suffered days of fierce gun battles as cartel gunmen to fight for control.

Peña Nieto was scheduled to visit Reynosa in the coming days and hold a public event for the christening of a new avenue. The president postponed his trip with a new date yet to be announced, El Mañana de Reynosa reported.

This week, rival factions of the Gulf Cartel once again took to the streets in a new escalation of violence. Convoys of gunmen, blockades, and shootouts dominated the streets this week.

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