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U.S. State Dept. renews travel advisory for Mexico after bodies dumped on Cancun streets

August 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. State Dept. renews travel advisory for Mexico after bodies dumped on Cancun streets

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The U.S. Department of State have issued another travel alert, warning travelers to use caution while in Mexico in response to continuing violence.

The travel alert occurs only one day after cartel operatives abandoned eight bodies on the streets of Cancun.

The Department of State has updated the Mexico Travel Advisory, warning tourists about extensive violent crime including murders, abductions, carjacking, and theft.

Consular officials are reminding tourists that they have a restricted ability to provide emergency services since they are also forbidden from traveling in many areas in Mexico.

The renewed warning occurred the day after officials verified the discovery of eight bodies in Cancun.

The area continues to suffer from an increase in violence despite many promised made by the Mexican government.

The tourist destination of Acapulco, as well as the state of Guerrero, are listed as areas where U.S. government employees are forbidden.

In the advisory, consular officials state that armed groups work independently of the government in many regions of Guerrero. Group members often set up roadblocks and may use violence toward foreigners.

The State Department is employing a four-level system to prioritize the risks in certain areas in Mexico specified present to tourists.

While the country as a whole is categorized at Level 2, noting heightened caution; parts of Mexico such as Tamaulipas, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Sinaloa are Level 4–comparable to the ranking used for Syria and Afghanistan.

The description of Level 4 states that “violent crime, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, is common.

Gang activity, including gun battles, is widespread.”

Consular officials say offenders often target buses for ransom. Local police units have a limited capacity to respond to violence in many areas.

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