Sep 16, 2011

Drug War - Collateral Damage: Mexico Independence Day: Gunmen Force Mayor To Cancel 'El Grito'

HuffingtonPost: "MORELIA, Mexico -- Authorities in a small town in western Mexico canceled Thursday night's "El Grito" festivities ushering in Independence Day after 40 gunmen arrived at the main square threatening to attack civilians.

Michoacan state police beefed up security in the town of Querendaro because of the threat, said the state police chief, Armando Soto la Marina.

Mayor Filiberto Romero suspended the traditional event in which he was to cry "Viva Mexico!" from the balcony of the town hall, drawing the same shout in unison from hundreds of people gathered below."

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