Mexico City, Dec 2 (EFE) .- A group of Mexican agents raided the El Pez hotel, in Tulum, in an armed operation that ended in the eviction of 18 Americans and the seizure of private property, according to a complaint shared this Thursday with Efe.
The operation, carried out on October 1, involved elements that appeared to be “heavily armed paramilitaries” because their faces were covered without official identification and they “forcibly” removed guests and workers “at gunpoint,” according to the Colibrí Group. Boutique Hotels.
The elements were later identified as elite state police who work for the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), for which it was a government-sponsored raid on a private hotel, the complaint said.
“The same acts that are illegal, unconstitutional and unconstitutional, and in violation of Human Rights and Individual Guarantees of the complaining party enshrined in Articles 1, 14 and 16 of the Constitution,” establishes the appeal for protection shared with Efe.
The complaint occurs while Quintana Roo, a Mexican Caribbean state, faces an insecurity crisis, as reflected in a recent shooting in Tulum that left two foreign tourists dead and three injured in October due to an alleged confrontation between criminal organizations.
This week began the operation of a “tourist security battalion” that will have almost 1,500 agents of the National Guard to serve as a priority the municipalities of Benito Juárez (Cancun), Solidaridad and Tulum.
But the Colibrí Boutique Hotels Group denounced that while their hotel was protected by the authorities, there were looting of furniture and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, for its acronym in English).
Faced with the alleged abuses of authority and the involvement of US citizens, the hotel group has announced that it will take the case to Washington.
“The situation is extremely unusual because there is no disputed title (property) and because a highly trained and state-controlled elite police force was used to forcibly take possession at 3.00 am (8.00 GMT) to evict US citizens and workers, “denounced John Kendall, owner of Grupo Colibrí Boutique Hotels.