The Mexican state of Zacatecas, located in north-central Mexico, has seen a recent surge in violence attributed to territorial disputes between rival drug cartels. The state government, led by Governor David Monreal, has been working to combat crime and impunity.
However, tensions remain high, especially in the municipality of Fresnillo.
Senator Ricardo Monreal Mourns Death of Nephew
On February 10th, 2023, Senator Ricardo Monreal took to social media to react to the murder of his nephew, Jorge Antonio Monreal Martínez, in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. In a post shared on Twitter, Monreal called it a “hard and painful time for the country and his home state.”
Monreal serves as coordinator of the Senate faction of the MORENA party, which also controls the presidency under Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Monreal assured that the MORENA Parliamentary Group has already agreed to support all legislative proposals sent by López Obrador to pacify the country.
State Authorities Vow Response Amid Wave of Violence
The murder of Monreal’s nephew follows the death of his brother-in-law, Juan Pérez Guardado, killed in an armed attack in Fresnillo on February 7th. Pérez served as Director of Social Development for the Fresnillo City Hall.
In response to the violence, Secretary General Rodrigo Reyes stated that security forces are working to find those responsible, adding, “We will not take a step back in our commitment to return tranquility to the people of Zacatecas.”
Government Fighting Influx of Rival Cartels
The increased bloodshed in Fresnillo and greater Zacatecas is attributed to territorial disputes between at least three rival drug cartels – the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Gulf Cartel, and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Despite the challenges, Senator Monreal closed his statement by expressing confidence “that together with President López Obrador, we will achieve peace in Zacatecas.” The coming months will test whether the federal and state governments can curb the tide of violence fueled by the cartels.