Concerts Bad for Health

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U.S. Consulate General Tijuana

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:

Exercise Caution at Bandas Gruperas Music Events

April 28, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana informs U.S. citizens that drug trafficking organizations have made threats of violence against “bandas gruperas”—musical groups which specialize in narco corridos (songs celebrating their criminal exploits) and the music venues that host them.  Each band tends to be associated with a particular drug trafficking organization.  Therefore, the bands are viewed as targets by competing cartels.

On April 2, a narco manta attached to a dead person was left in Tijuana threatening to kill Miguel Comando,who sings about the Arellano Felix Organization (AFO). Miguel Comando is scheduled to play Las Pulgas nightclub on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana on April 28, 2017.

Given that the cartels have been willing to follow through on their threats against members of the bandas and the venues where they appear in the past, the U.S. Consulate General has advised its personnel to avoid this event and be very cautious about attending similar events and venues. Also, review local media to be aware of possible threats.

The Consulate reminds U.S. citizens to review your personal security plan, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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For the second time the municipal government of Tijuana requested the suspension of a concert that tonight would be held in a show center of the city for there is a death threat against the local singer Miguel Comando.
Just as he did last February 10 to request last minute that the concert of the musical group “The New Rebels” by the appearance of a narco blanket by which they were threatened, the government of Tijuana today did the same with The case of Miguel Comando, who also received a similar threat, although in this case the warning was placed on the body of an individual who apparently for that only the criminals sacrificed.

Http://www.afntijuana.info/seguridad/67488_cancelan_presentacion_por_amenazas

Before the threat, it was said that the young interpreter was offered the possibility of not showing up, for his safety, however he said he felt sure of not having problems and asked for the opportunity to make his presentation because he said “Las Flegas” is The trigger for any singer to achieve success, which repeated in a long video of 10 minutes with six seconds in which he tries to explain his situation.

Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lSDfpbpEso

Comando, who in his presentations conceals the face behind a mask or a handkerchief also said in that video not to be a drug trafficker, nor to belong to any criminal group, although he recognized to interpret “narco corridos” and to do it “for Tijuana” like other groups “lo Make for other states of the country “.

The fight between organized crime groups, which now has as its victims the singers of corridos, also caused the death on September 1, 2016 of José Alberto Cervantes Nieto, alias El Betillo, member of Northern Explosion, who was executed In Rosarito.Http://www.afntijuana.info/seguridad/61378_matan_al_betillo_de_explosion_nortena

The administration of Las Pulgas made it known simply that it canceled this concert by orders of the city council, reason why for the second time it called to its customers so that they appear by the return of their money.

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