Coming ever closer the tourist resorts, the Mexican drug cartels sent a clear message to anyone wishing to interfere in their business by hanging the bodies of six men from three different bridges near the Mexican resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula.
In order to intimidate rivals, Mexican drug gangs often hang the bodies of their victims. It is a gruesome ending to a horrifically violent year for Mexico. By all accounts, 2017 is set to become their deadliest year in modern history.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In past, cartels tried to keep this away from tourist areas. Not anymore.<br>Six bodies hung from bridges near Mexico's Los Cabos tourist resort <a href="https://t.co/f0ZBmn8YEP">https://t.co/f0ZBmn8YEP</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/MailOnline?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MailOnline</a></p>— KellyFinleyNebiolini (@KellyFinley) <a href="https://twitter.com/KellyFinley/status/943735127271661568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The murder rate has doubled in Baja California Sur this year, with some 409 people killed through October of 2017, more than double what it was in the whole of 2016 with 192. Back in June local authorities found a mass grave with the bodies of 11 men and three women near Los Cabos.
The governor of the state of Baja California Sur, Mr Carlos Mendoza Davis, fearing for the reputation of his state, ensured the tourists that authorities were investigating the incidents: “I condemn these acts and any expression of violence. Today more than ever in #BCS we should be united.”
Two of the bodies were found hanging from a bridge in Las Veredas, just next to Los Cabos International Airport whilst two others were hung on a different bridge on the highway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
The area is one of the busiest tourist hotspots for Mexico, with more than 4.4 million passengers, mostly international, have already passed through the Los Cabos Airport this year.