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MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas – A new rash of kidnappings and extortion by cartels is causing alarm among local business owners. They are asking for help amid relaxed federal enforcement efforts in the region.
In the last three weeks, various border cities in Tamaulipas saw a spike in kidnappings affecting all economic classes, Federation of National Chambers of Commerce in Tamaulipas head Julio Cesar Almanza said in an interview with Breitbart Texas. Currently, FECANACO holds more than 12,000 members in Tamaulipas, including some of the largest companies dependent on international commerce. The spokesman called for help from the federal and state governments since business owners fear an economic downturn unless security is restored.
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Almanza advised business owners in Matamoros, Reynosa, and Nuevo Laredo to be more careful with their daily routines; to switch driving routes; and guard their schedules. Incidents in Matamoros spread panic among locals, triggering protests outside city hall. The victims consisted of manufacturing plant supervisors, a now-released physician, female students, and several other random victims. Mayor Mario “La Borrega” Lopez has not publicly addressed the issue.
The concerns come at a time when Mexican federal and military forces are largely absent...
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