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Tamaulipas Residents in the Cross Fire

La Opinin, Gardenia Mendoza Aguilar Posted: Feb 28, 2010

MEXICO CITY--A feud between the paramilitary group Los Zetas and the Golfo Cartel has spread fear and panic in the border state of Tamaulipas, reported La Opinin. Schools, businesses and even the U.S. consulate shut down as result of the violence caused by the warring groups.

Over one week, 150 people died in connection with the dispute between criminal organizations, reported the Spanish daily. The Police Department in Ciudad Mier was the site of a shooting for 20 minutes with AK 47 rifles that discharged from 15 vans.

Fear spread through social media in Mexicos northern states. Messages and chats on Twitter and Facebook called on people not to go to certain areas because of shooting. Governor Eugenio Hernndez Flores called on the citizenry to ignore rumors. But accurate information about the violence was difficult to obtain because local newspapers agreed not to write about divisions among cartels to avoid retaliation and deaths.

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