At 8:30 PM Sunday, October 24, 2010, a heavily armed group of men entered a rehab center in the Eastern part of Tijuana, rounded all the inmates up into one room, and then killed them.
Update: October 25: The local papers are reporting this was heard over the police frequencies right after the shooting:
“somos del Cártel de Juárez y la fiesta apenas va empezando”…“esto es sólo una probadita de lo que va a pasar”
[We are the Juarez Cartel and the party is just starting…this was only a little example of what is going to happen.]
Tijuana, Mexico, is more peaceful — for how long?
Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 12:00 am
TIJUANA, Mexico • It is now the city safe enough for an Al Gore speech.
Indeed, Tijuana has become a place, in the narrative of federal and local officials, not only where the former vice president of the United States can attend a business conference, as he did this month, but where the drug cartels are on the run.
Human remains are no longer discovered partly dissolved in chemicals; shootouts in broad daylight are rare; and local, state and federal law enforcement work so closely that they celebrated last week over the destruction of the largest load of marijuana — 134 metric tons, or about 150 U.S. tons — ever seized in the country.
But the question on the minds of many here is whether this is a fragile peace, or even peace at all.
It is true that this is not 2008, when the headlines reflected a sense of mayhem and out-of-control violence that led to 843 killings. Yet the body count this year stands at 639, on pace to match or exceed the 695 of last year.
“The only thing that has changed is you don’t see spectacular murders in the middle of the city,” said Victor Clark-Alfaro, a visiting professor from Tijuana at San Diego State University who has studied drug violence for years.
“The elite feel more safe, but in the neighborhoods where drug dealers and addicts are dying, people do not feel any more safe,” he added.