Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.
MEXICO CITY – The attack early Sunday morning on the bar-discotheque Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen, where five people died, one Mexican woman and four foreigners, is not an isolated event according to the criminal history of Quintana Roo. Mainly, this is caused by the struggle between cartels looking to dominate drug sales.
There have been eight recorded attacks on bars and discotheques since 2010.
In September, 2010, a criminal group set fire to the Castillo del Mar bar in Cancún and eight people died, among them two pregnant women.
In March, 2013, several armed men entered the La Sirenita bar to kill deputy secretary for Union Conflicts of the Taxi Guild, Francisco Achach Castro, Seven people died.
In October, 2016, two Cancún bars were attacked at the same time. The first was La Oficina and two people were killed and another two wounded. The second was El Xtabay, where a man selling gum died from gunshots.
On September 27, 2016 the head waiter at the Black and White bar, located in Region 221, on avenida 20 de Noviembre, was killed by gunfire by a group of men as he left the bar to make a phone call.
On November 27, 2016 there was a gunfight at the Mandala Club, located in the Cancún hotel zone. The presumed hit men used silencers and shot at point blank range, so the attack was not noticed until two people fell dead another was wounded.
Last December 22, 2016 at avenida Xcaret at Kabah, in Cancún, two people attending a fair were threatened by two people, who then started to shoot and then fled. Authorities reported one person dead and two wounded.
On January 9, 2017 there was gunfire at the El Ejecutivo Bar by two presumed hit men who came on motorcycles and a vehicle. They all managed to flee. Two police guarding the location were wounded.
Early in the morning of Monday, January 16, 2017 a person was attacked inside the Blue Parrot bar, during the closure of the BMP Electronic Music Festival. This left five people dead, three of whom were security staff members.
According to information collected by El Universal, on the street is sold “pills, perico, acid and marijuana. I spent 4,000 pesos on perico and tachas, it is all at hand,” said one of the locals attending the event.
“Everyone is going around selling, there are about 200 drug dealer per event,” added another witness.
This Tuesday, an armed squad attacked the Cancún office of the state Attorney General, and two other sites simultaneously, with the result of one police officer and three attackers dead.