The Swarm

March 29, 2008

Mexican Emo War spreads to the border: Incidents in Juarez and Tijuana

TDS Editors

Uh-oh.

El Paso Times:

A confrontation in the upscale Las Misiones mall between teenage cliques of “emos” and “punks” on Wednesday night has Juárez police officials stepping in and asking for tolerance.

The mall incident, which police said might have been sparked by an exchange of words, might have been a copycat of highly publicized attacks on emos by mobs in Queretaro and Mexico City.

Juárez public safety secretary Guillermo Prieto Quintana in a news statement on Thursday said the police anti-gang unit would increase patrols at teen hangouts to discourage problems.

Prieto Quintana said that Mexico’s northern border has traditionally been tolerant of all types of expressions, and he urged teens to respect others’ right to self-expression.

El Sol de Tijuana (English Google Translation):

Tijuana, Baja California .- As previously announced, a large group of punketos gathered in the Plaza Rio Tijuana point exactly 5 pm to make such information available to members of the Emos, respect calling and are recognized as a group that identifies itself by maintaining their ideas rather than violence and that both can lead without other meanings between the two social groups without reaching assault.

But coupled with this appeal were about 300 punketos who were present inside the parking lot of Plaza Rio, who caused some concern among users of the Plaza, and the private security personnel who gives service to the mall located in the heart of the Zona Rio brought to the task of closing all access to the interior of the square to avoid entering this crowd of young and attract them avoid a confrontation or any attempt to put at risk the security of premises commercial and Lasallian families that currently visiting the Plaza Rio.

At the same time another group also between 200 and 300 young people between emos punketos and began to encircle and Monarch Plaza emerged that Macro Plaza located at Insurgentes Boulevard, and the response of the Municipal Police did not expect to immediately and the order of the holder , Lieutenant Julian Leyzaola was sent to 50 elements of the municipal police to safeguard and maintain a surveillance operation in the commercial centre of the Area River, before the riots that seemed dormant come.

For his part, the deputy operating the Municipal Police, Juan Manuel Nieves Reta said that “this is an on monitoring and preventing youth disruptive, the call is to maintain order otherwise it proceed to some arrest and we do not want to come to this, because we know that young people are aware. ”

He pointed out that during the presence of these five young men were those who had to submit to the judge qualifier in turn, alter the order.

Tijuana, Baja California.- Como lo habían anunciado, un nutrido grupo de los punketos se dieron cita en la Plaza Río Tijuana exactamente en punto de las 5 de la tarde para hacer saber a los integrantes de los Emos, el respeto que piden y que sean reconocidos como un grupo que se identifica por mantener sus ideas de no a la violencia y que tanto unos como otros pueden confluir sin denotaciones entre ambos grupos sociales sin llegar a las agresiones.

Pero aunado a este llamado fueron cerca de 300 punketos quienes se hicieron presentes en el interior del estacionamiento de Plaza Río, quienes provocaron cierto temor entre los usuarios de la Plaza, por lo que el personal de seguridad privada que le da servicio al centro comercial ubicado en el corazón de la Zona Río se dieron a la tarea de cerrar todos los accesos al interior de la Plaza para evitar que ingresaran esta multitud de jóvenes y con ellos evitar que se suscitaran algún conato o enfrentamiento que pusiera en riesgo la seguridad de los locales comerciales y de lasa familias que en esos momentos visitaban la Plaza Río.

Al mismo tiempo otro grupo también entre 200 a 300 jóvenes entre emos y punketos comenzaron a rodear Plaza Monarca y trascendió que Macro Plaza ubicada en bulevar Insurgentes, por lo que la respuesta de la Policía Municipal no se hizo esperar y de inmediato la orden del titular, teniente Julián Leyzaola fue la de enviar a 50 elementos de la Policía municipal a resguardar y mantener un operativo de vigilancia en el centro comercial de la Zona Río, ante los latentes disturbios que parecían venir.

Por su parte, el subdirector operativo de la Policía Municipal, Juan Manuel Nieves Reta expuso que “se trata de una sobre vigilancia y evitar que los jóvenes alteren el orden, el llamado es que mantengan el orden de lo contrario sí procederemos a realizar a alguna detención y no queremos llegar a eso, pues sabemos que los jóvenes tienen conciencia”.

Precisó que durante la presencia de estos jóvenes fueron cinco los que se tuvieron que presentar ante el juez calificador en turno, por alterar el orden.



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