A governor in western Mexico was filmed pushing a teacher who was protesting drug cartels that left his city under siege.
Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles was captured by helicopter on Tuesday shortly after arriving while pushing Fernando Padilla into the town of Aguililla.
Aureoles was filmed marching to Padilla – who was holding a sign – and pushing him. It is unclear whether Padilla said anything to provoke the governor. Aureoles’ behavior earned him a volley of boos, with the governor later claiming he was offended and even accusing Padilla of being a cartel lookout.
Journalist Oscar Balmen, who shared the exchange on Twitter, wrote, “ Aguililla, Michoacán, has been trapped in violence for years.
‘The inhabitants have been left to their own devices. For this reason, a rural teacher protested with a cardboard box against leaving the institutions. The guy pushing him is the PRD governor @Silvano_A. ‘
After the push, Michoacán prevented Attorney General Adrián López from escalating further by seizing the governor and escorting him to the vehicle.
Secretary of State Patrón Reyes then took a plate from Padilla’s right hand and exchanged words with him before handing over the poster.
On Thursday, a Padilla lawyer filed an incident report with the local prosecutor’s office.
Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles (pictured in the blue shirt) confronts Aguililla teacher Fernando Padilla (pictured with two signs) before pushing him on Tuesday. Aureoles defended his actions on Twitter, saying the incident was sparked by lookouts hired by one of the two cartels that overtook the city. A lawyer from Padilla appeared before the local prosecutor’s office on Thursday and filed a formal complaint
Michoacán Governor Aureoles pushes Padilla, one of the protesters who gathered to highlight the recent violent events sparked by cartels in the western Mexican city of Aguililla
Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles told Mexican news channel Milenio that the city of Aguililla has been overtaken by the warring Jalisco New Generation and Cárteles Unidos. The criminal organizations are involved in an ongoing dispute over synthetic drug production and trafficking routes
“In the midst of this situation, we found a demonstration led by lookouts insulting and attacking the National Guard, the army, the navy and this servant and I decided to face one of the provocateurs,” Aureoles said.
‘In Michoacán they know I defend them and we will continue to fight for respect for the law and the institutions. I have traveled through my state countless times and I will continue to do so like any other citizen of Michoacán. I will not be silent or with arms crossed for those who will continue to sow violence and chaos, and make fun of authority and the law. ‘
After the confrontation, Aureoles acknowledged in an interview with news channel Milenio that the authorities had practically lost control of Aguililla.
The city, home to about 15,000 people, is now partially controlled by the Cárteles Unidos and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which has the second largest presence in the United States, according to a DEA 2020 annual report.
The governor acknowledged that the Michoacán region has been a hotbed for drug production. The wave of violence has unleashed as cartels fight to control synthetic drug production and trafficking routes.
Michoacán Attorney General Adrián López (far right) prevented the incident from escalating by grabbing Governor Silvano Aureoles by the arm and escorting him to the military pickup.
Still image from a video recorded by a resident of Aguililla shows the moment when Mexican security forces allegedly left the city after the arrival on Jalisco New Generation Cartel fighters
“There are two groups who contest the territory and then block the road, according to their story, to keep the other group from crossing,” Aureoles said.
“ But the truth is that in this dispute they are affecting the citizens as a whole, entire families, families who have nothing to do with each (cartel) and have been literally kidnapped and isolated from these communities. ”
In a clash between the groups two weeks ago, at least 27 members of Cárteles Unidos were killed in Aguililla. Jalisco New Generation Cartel henchmen beheaded eight men after giving up their weapons.
A separate video released on social media last week showed the moment when security forces allegedly fled the city following the arrival of Jalisco New Generation Cartel fighters.
Aureoles said he has been in contact with the federal government and vowed to regain control of the city from the cartels.
“We will hardly be able to control or contain them, only with calls for courtesy or with dialogue,” he said. “The political dialogue is difficult with these guys, there is a dialogue with communities in conflict, with social groups, but the dialogue with criminals is getting very difficult.”