Heavy gunfire was experienced by the residents of the city of Culiacan in Mexico after armed gunmen opened fire for protest of the authorities arresting the son of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decided that the drug lord’s son be released.
“This decision was taken to protect citizens. You cannot fight fire with fire,” President Obrador declared on a press conference Friday morning. “We do not want deaths. We do not want war.”
According to The Guardian, this decision by the President “prompted accusations that the government had simply folded in the face of cartel firepower.”
“There is nothing admirable about this decision,” security expert Alejandro Hope tweeted. “By launching a badly planned operation that was then badly executed, the government laid itself open to being blackmailed.”
During the heavy gunfire, 27 inmates have reportedly escaped and 21 people were wounded, as stated by the state public security secretary Cristobal Castañeda, as reported by CBS News.
“The capture of a criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of people,” Obrador stated. “I head a civilizing government, not a military dictatorship or a civilian government with authoritarian traits.”
The son of the Mexican drug lord was indicted in 2018 by a grand jury in Washington for the alleged trafficking of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States in July.