Mexico arrests soldiers who allowed civilians to take selfies holding their weapons

The soldiers who lent a high-powered rifle to civilians in the last civic-military parade on September 16 for Independence Day, in the center of Mexico City, were arrested according to a statement issued by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena).

The federal agency says that the military personnel who lent the unloaded weapon to the attendees, some of them minors, committed an offense based on the Discipline Law of the Mexican Army and Air Force, as well as the Regulation General of Duties of the Mexican Army.

In the information, the National Defense does not detail the time of arrest or the number of soldiers arrested.

“You are informed that the sanction imposed on the military personnel who lent a rifle to the population in the military parade on September 16, 2022, was a disciplinary correction consisting of an arrest, in accordance with the Law of Discipline of the Army and Force Mexican Airlines and the General Regulation of Duties”.

On the morning of September 16, on Pino Suárez Avenue, the Gran Diario de México captured on video how, prior to the parade, a couple of soldiers from the Arms and Military Vehicles Assembly Corps were lending an unloaded rifle to any civilian who asked for it, to pose with it and take selfies.

In the images captured by the media outlet, it can be seen how some people even played with the weapon, simulating that they were firing it.

Immediately, the video went viral on social networks, where users criticized that the military had lent the assault rifle, as they pointed out that it meant a clear violation of military discipline, while others indicated that the weapon was unloaded and did not generate any danger and that they were only looking for a souvenir of the parade.

Subscribe here for as low as .08 cents per day to access exclusive content and join the PVDN Newsletter, and browse this site with fewer ads. (Why subscribe?)

Trending news on PVDN

  • What is considered lower, middle, and upper class in Mexico? Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – The issue of what social class one belongs to in Mexico is often a matter of debate among those who discuss it, since there are no established parameters that define the social class in Mexico. Although the National Institute of Statistics and Geography ( INEGI) identified some socioeconomic characteristics of each…
  • Condominium development in Puerto Vallarta is destabilizing the hydrological cycle Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – At a recent conference on “Risks in Water Management and its Influence on the Real Estate sector of the Interstate Metropolitan Area of Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas,” Dr. Bartolo Cruz Romero, a research professor at the Centro Universitario de la Costa of the University of Guadalajara, emphasized the importance…
  • Gentrification of Puerto Vallarta: Causes, Consequences, and Advantages Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – Puerto Vallarta has been experiencing an increase in prices for rents, food, and other necessities, which could be a symptom of gentrification. For many foreigners and expats in Puerto Vallarta, these increases may seem small and still much cheaper than their home country, but it may be resulting in Mexican locals…
  • Playa Careyes, a foreigner’s paradise for luxurious relaxation south of Puerto Vallarta (VIDEO) Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – Playa Careyes is a hidden gem on the Pacific coast of Mexico, located in the heart of the Costa Alegre region and 3.5 hours south of Puerto Vallarta. This secluded beach is a favorite among travelers who are looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation away from the crowds. With its…
  • Majahuitas cove in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most peaceful places in Mexico Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – Majahuitas is a small, secluded cove located on the southern coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is surrounded by lush jungle and pristine beaches that make it a paradise for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In this essay, we will explore the history, culture,…
Puerto Vallarta News

Compare Listings

Title Price Status Type Area Purpose Bedrooms Bathrooms