The municipalities of Atoyac and Petatlán, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, canceled the traditional “grito de independencia” ceremony due to violence that occurred leaving three dead.
The government of Petatlán posted on social media the notice of cancellation of El Grito, as well as the civic-military parade.
“In order to safeguard the integrity and security of the population of Petatlán, the grito de independencia event of today September 15 and the parade tomorrow of September 16 is canceled,” they reported.
The decision was made after an armed group attacked a module of the Municipal Police on Friday night. Two of the assailants died when the police repelled the attack.
Also, the government of Atoyac issued a statement in which it announced the cancellation of El Grito, a ceremony that is repeated in all the municipalities of the country on September 15, was “with the objective of protecting the population and preventing disturbances or acts that disturb the tranquility”.
However, in that municipality, the parade scheduled for Sunday 16 will be held.
Early today a young man was found murdered in Atoyac and two men were wounded by bullets, in two different events.
In addition, in the municipality of Tlapa, belonging to the Montaña region, the Guerrero Coordination Group has reinforced security with the support of the Mexican Army, through permanent routes and control filters to avoid incidents.
As for the official celebrations that will be headed by Governor Hector Astudillo Flores in the city of Chilpancingo, capital of the southern state, operatives of different security bodies have been implemented and the main streets and avenues will be monitored, as well as the surroundings of the Government Palace.
Also, the government of Guerrero called on the population to maintain order, create family security protocols, locate emergency exits and security posts and remain calm in the event of an incident.