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Chaos in Cancun as municipal police strike, military police take over

Cancun, Q.R. — Head of the ministry of state security says that despite the threat of a strike by Cancun municipal police, there are more than 3,200 military police being deployed throughout the streets of the municipality to continue with a police presence.

Cancun police are rebelling, ordering the dismissal of Jesús Pérez Abarca in a reaction to internal changes inside the city’s offices. On Monday, an altercation at the Public Security and Traffic Secretariat of Benito Juárez resulted in Jesús Pérez Abarca being forcefully expelled from the building by members of the city’s police force.

Jesús Pérez Abarca

Although municipal police are threatening to stop work, Jesus Alberto Capella Ibarra, head of the ministry of state security says out of 350 police officers, about 170 will be discharged after being found linked to acts of corruption and criminal groups to which they have been given protection.

Secretario de Seguridad Pública del estado de Quintana Roo, Jesus Alberto Capella Ibarra

In a public statement, Capella says they could be left without half of the corporation, adding that they will be looking for members that meet the control and confidence tests. He says that the results of the last months and previous years of the municipal police have been practically null in the fight against crime, so there is no point in having 300 elements on the streets if there are no results.

“They are behaviors that are not going to be tolerated and the elements that attacked a police command (Jesús Pérez Abarca), will have legal, administrative and criminal consequences,” he added.

He explained that currently there are 3,200 detached members of the 10th brigade of the military police who will be sent around the city in three 1,000-member shifts to continue with a daily police presence in Cancun and the municipality of Benito Juárez.

He added that 700 members of the Federal Police and Gendarmerie will also be patrolling the streets. The arrival of 200 state police officers along with four units of the navy are also expected. They too, will be added to the streets to patrol the municipality.