Shops closing in Playa del Carmen and Cancun due to violence
In the last three months, 10 locations have closed in commercial plazas in Playa del Carmen “hot zones”, and a further 10 in Cancun are at risk of suspending activities due to high rates of violence.
Eduardo Galaviz Ibarra, president of the Association of Commercial Spaces of Quintana Roo, warned that these are establishments in the hands of organized crime, which were stripped from their owners, who prefer to remain anonymous, under threats.
The premises “are used as warehouses or distribution centers, which keeps the owners frightened. In fact, there are formal complaints to the Attorney General’s Office,” said the businessman, who said that “the information is not generalized.”
The plazas are in locations “that we can say are ‘hot’… they are the center of the city and the Hotel Zone”.
In Cancun there are on average 70 shopping centers, with an average of 50 places for each one; that is, 3,500 establishments.
He warned that the topic “is very worrying and alarming because although the problem is now concentrated in one point, if not addressed, in time the cancer can spread to other parts of the city. Right now, the problem is focused on two commercial centers.”
Eduardo Galaviz said that in the case of Playa del Carmen, seat of the municipality of Solidaridad, a dozen premises have already closed because they could not or did not want to pay the extortionists and preferred to lower the shutters.
As in Cancun, the problem in Playa del Carmen is in the center of the city, and the tourist area, specifically on Fifth Avenue, and the facts have also been reported to the State Attorney General (FGE).