A wild Friday night in Tijuana brought the US consulate there to warn US government officials to take shelter on the spot and not go outside.
Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramirez said at least 10 vehicles were set on fire in the city Friday night, San Diego NBC’s KSND-TV reports.
Mayor Ramirez also told KSND-TV that he had 2,000 police officers and 3,000 members of the Mexican National Guard on standby if needed.
Organized crime has been blamed for the violence.
“Today we say to the organized crime groups that commit these crimes that Tijuana will remain open and take care of its citizens, and we also ask them to settle their debts with those who have not paid what they owe. not with families and hardworking citizens,” Mayor Ramirez said, according to CBS News.
When the U.S. Consulate learned of the fires, roadblocks and the resulting heavy police activity, they warned Americans in Tijuana to take shelter on the spot. The warning also applied to other regional border towns, including Mexicali, Rosarito, Tecate and Ensenada.
1/2 The US Consulate General Tijuana is aware of reports of multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate. US government employees have been ordered to take shelter until further notice. pic.twitter.com/oghBX1P7qX
— U.S. Consulate Tijuana (@ConsuladoUSATJ) August 13, 2022
On Twitter, San Diego County Vice President Nora Vargas wrote: “I encourage our binational residents to exercise caution and follow the recommendations of government officials and avoid unnecessary travel to allow authorities to do their job and maintain safety. .”