Attack in Acapulco

Yesterday, Thursday, a group of armed men attacked some elements of the Mexican Army from their rooms at the Hotel El Cortijo in the tourist zone of Acapulco. Three civilians who who were passing by were wounded in the attack.

At the very same time that this attack in Acapulco occurred, the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, was in Las Vegas where he gave a speech to boost tourism in Mexico. Calderon told the crowd, “The only shots tourists get in Mexico are shots of tequila.”


Five Women Brutally Murdered in Acapulco

Five women, all apparently connected to a beauty parlor, were found brutally murdered in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco on Saturday morning, state police said.

The semi-naked and bound bodies of two women and a 14-year-old girl were discovered in the salon in the early hours of Saturday morning. All three had their throats slashed.

Police later found the corpses of another two women with cut throats dumped in the streets. Mexican media said both victims worked at the beauty parlor. No motive was given for the killings.

Acapulco, famed in the 1960s as a glamorous haunt for Hollywood stars, has been convulsed by drug violence in recent months as powerful cartels battle for smuggling routes, prompting the United States to warn tourists against visiting the downtown center of the resort.

Mexican officials have been anxious to downplay the impact of the violence on tourism, one of the country’s main foreign exchange earners, pointing out that the number of visitors arriving in Mexico has continued to rise in recent years.

Link to article.

[Fulano’s comment: While “no motive was given for the killings” these types of crimes are almost always done by organized crime gangs to people who refuse to pay “protection” money extorted from businesses.]


Tourist Hotel Attacked in Acapulco

Yesterday afternoon, Thursday, an armed group of assassins terrorized Hotel Oceanic 2000, in the the heart of the tourist zone of Acapulco. According to witnesses, the killers were traveling in at least four vehicles and were pursuing two men traveling in an SUV.

The attackers fired at the driver of the SUV and the passenger ran into the hotel lobby, where he was killed in front of dozens of vacationers. Both the driver and passenger of the SUV were killed. The attackers then left the hotel.

Link to article in Spanish.

Spring break in Acapulco

From Another Mexico Message Board

Posted April 5, 2011
I too was a long-time visitor to Acapulco for over 20 years. We have only been back once in the last 8 years. I too think it is dirty, corrupt and unsafe. Don’t drive a car you will likely be stopped for nothing and shaken down for as much cash as you have on you. Many years back I also thought it was the hottest spot ever. Being stupid then I left my guard down and had a necklace ripped off my neck, but with my husband in hot pursuit of the 16 year old caught the little bugger and had him arrested. Spent most of the balance of our trip waiting for a preliminary hearing — kid never brought down from jail supposedly and after two weeks they just figure the visitors will return home forget the case and they can let the kid go to do it all over again to someone else. The cops share the loot if they don’t get caught. If they do they prolong the hearings until we go home. The great restaurants of yesteryear I would never frequent, as the last time I did I got very sick. I believe the food is not of the highest or freshest quality. Hotels steal from you. All my good Victoria Secret underware was stolen from my hotel room at the Hyatt Regency, shoes and a dress from The Condessa del Mar, etc. No help from the hotel.

Let’s face it, the world is not a safe place. I would suggest that you at least travel in places that has a better less corrupt government. 

It’s too bad the weather is perfect in winter, and the people are friendly but you can never be off guard for a second. 

Good bye to Acapulco, I am too old now to fight the young criminals that have blackened the reputation of such a fine resort.


Shoot-Out In Acapulco – Tourists Injured

This from El Sol de Acapulco:

There was a shoot-out last Saturday night about 10PM at playa Manzanillo in Acapulco. Unofficial reports are there were eight people wounded, among them two federal police and two foreign tourists. Five people were arrested. The events occurred when a police convoy tried to stop four pick-up’s. Only the passengers in one of the pick-ups stopped, got out and started firing at the police.


Eight More Killed in Acapulco

ACAPULCO, GUERRERO – Eight people in 3 different areas of the city have been killed by cartel gunmen. These included a 70 year old grandmother protecting her grandchildren, that were killed anyway. They were 6 and 2 years old. Two other children there were wounded, including a 20 day old infant. Homes, business and vehicles were burned, while schools and businesses closed due to the violence.

Link to article in Spanish.

Fulano’s note: According to the Mexican federal authorities, drug cartel murders in Acapulco rose to 370 in 2010, up 147 percent from 2009. The population of Acapulco is 652,136, making the homicide rate 57 per 100,000, just for drug cartel murders. Mexico reports the non-drug murders as a separate number.