The governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado, assured on July 7 that security during the summer vacation was guaranteed in the tourist destinations of the state. However, on the first weekend of the vacation period, five homicides were registered in Acapulco, including that of the president of the Association of Bars, Restaurants, and Nightclubs of the Coastal Zone, Jesus Rivera Rojas.
Homicides in Acapulco
The weekend's violence began on the afternoon of July 30 in the Progreso neighborhood, when a man was shot and killed in front of a beer warehouse. After 5:00 p.m., another homicide was reported in the Huertas de Santa Elena neighborhood; however, at the crime scene, the authorities only found 9-millimeter caliber casings but did not find the body, because according to unofficial versions it was picked up by his relatives.
Around 8:00 p.m. the lifeless body of a man was found on the Paso Texca highway. Two hours later, a driver of a Jacaranda route van was shot and killed while a woman who was traveling with him was shot and wounded on the Acapulco-Mexico federal highway in the Vicente Guerrero neighborhood.
Finally, businessman Jesús Rivera Rojas was killed minutes after 4:00 a.m. while trying to get into his BMW car outside the Tóxica bar, located on the Costera Miguel Alemán.
It should be noted that despite the violence of the weekend and the last few months in the municipalities of the Triángulo del Sol, hotel occupancy in Guerrero's main destinations remains at an average of 74.8%, according to the state Ministry of Tourism.
Businessmen ask for a security
The murder of the president of the Association of Bars, Restaurants, and Nightclubs of the Costera occurred in one of the most heavily guarded areas of the vacation port and in which Salgado Pineda and the mayor of Acapulco, Abelina Lopez, announced in recent days the deployment of more than a thousand security elements.
Following the murder of Rivera Rojas, representatives of the business community condemned the facts and asked the state government to clarify the case and provide security guarantees to Acapulco's businessmen.
"Yesterday, businessmen of the Business Coordinating Council of the State of Guerrero raised our voices against the barbarism and violence in our state and today dawns with the sad and unfortunate news of the murder of the president of the association of bars and restaurants on the coast in Acapulco".
Omar Elias Azar, president of the Business Coordinating Council of the State of Guerrero, wrote on Facebook.
70 patrols to reinforce security announced
Given the increase in crime rates in Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado announced the acquisition of 70 patrols, of which 35 will be sent by the federal government and the rest will be purchased with state resources, which will be deployed in municipalities with high crime rates such as Chilpancingo, Acapulco, and Zihuatanejo.
In the first six months of 2022, Guerrero registered 668 intentional homicides, which places it in eighth place nationally in terms of homicidal violence. For its part, Acapulco remains the fifth municipality in the country with the most homicides with 213 victims in the same period, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNP).