While violence devastates a once prosperous and world-famous holiday town, it seems the local authorities aren’t willing to openly face what they are dealing with.
Drug cartels and their gun violence and terror are besieging Mexico’s most popular international holiday hotspot. The bloodshed in Cancun is reaching levels never seen before in the country’s recorded history, according to Noticaribe.
As NY Post reported, 14 people have died from gunshot wounds in just 36 hours, starting on April 4. At least five more people were wounded by gunfire in the period. All this violence occurred in six separate instances in the tourist town.
Cancun’s previous death count record was set on November 25, 2004, when nine people were shot dead that same day. But violence has gotten to unprecedented levels in the popular leisure town year after year.
While the deadly episodes increase in frequency and number of victims, it seems to be very unlikely that the situation is going to get any better any time soon, considering that most murders in Cancun remain unsolved.
Alarmingly, just since the beginning of 2018, more than 100 people have died in the town by the hands of the drug cartels that are devastating the country, spreading fear to every corner of its land.
All this violence and unrest is threatening to turn what was once a tourist paradise into a ghost town because it is far from a safe place to be at. This would have terrible effects in the country’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry.
British journalist Krishnam Guru-Murthy recent trip to the town to investigate the local murder spree that is taking place in the popular tourist trap portrayed the place in a very pitiable way.
The journalist found that even though the authorities seem to prefer staying silent on what’s happening than risking a greater number of tourists to realize the dangers they are putting themselves at when visiting the town.
But apparently, many travelers have heard about the recent increase in violence in the area, and the relative scarcity of tourists in the beaches of Cancun can be witnessed already.
‘This is one of the most beautiful views in the world and we are the only people here,’ Guru-Murthy said from Cancun’s main beach. Later that same day, the journalist encountered a crime scene not far from there.
As this was once supposed to be one of the safer spots of the town, there are thousands of tourists still unaware of the gruesome scenes that take place in the area.
‘It’s as if the police don’t want anyone to notice. There’s minimum fuss and hardly any officers here,’ Guru-Murthy said.