Several Cancun restaurants close in wake of extortion attempts
CANCUN — With a series of attacks against restaurants in Cancun, organized crime is sowing terror stemming from the indifference and inefficiency of law enforcement authorities that have failed to stop the insecurity that is taking over this tourist destination.
Just this week, at least four restaurant torchings have been reported in an alleged pressure attempt to collect extortion payments.
An alleged attack on the “El Perro Negro” pizzeria, located in Plaza Galerías Infinity in Cancun, was recorded during the early hours of Thursday leaving the owner and several employees injured.
An armed command reportedly entered the premises to beat the owner, causing him to make the decision to close the pizzeria and its bars La Pre and Irish Pug, which are located in the same block of Av. Nichupté.
Through a message broadcast on social networks it is said that the businessman decided to leave Cancun, taking all the furniture and equipment in a trailer, due to alleged threats of organized crime.
Although this aggression has not been confirmed by the authorities, representatives of an Internet radio station, which had its booth in the pizzeria, confirmed the facts.
This happened a few days after gunshots were fired on the facade of the restaurant Buzos, on Cancun’s Colosio Boulevard, and the attack on a tavern on Tulum Avenue, where a security camera captured the moment when two subjects threw gasoline at the façade and then set it on fire and escaped.
Unofficially it is known that this series of attacks against shops is because their owners have refused to pay the famous protection money to organized crime.
Yesterday, through social networks, a video of the aggression began to be spread by another restaurant.
It is a video recorded by a security camera that shows the moment when two men spray gasoline and set fire to the metal door of the restaurant ‘Tacó’n Madre’, located in Supermanzana 20 in Cancun.
The incident had taken place around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, and according to the video, two men with black sweats came to the restaurant with a gallon of fuel sprayed on the restaurant’s metal curtain to immediately set it on fire.
Although the attack did not cause an extensive fire, a brief blaze left its mark in the place.
This happened after two men on a motorcycle fired on the front of Buzo’s restaurant on Cancún’s Kabah Avenue last Monday and then escaped.
The dawn of the same Tuesday registered the fire of the palapa of the restaurant “Of the Fish”, also located in Supermanzana 20, that consumed totally the facilities.
Although in this case it was said that the fire could be caused by a short circuit, recent events suggest that it could be a revenge of organized crime to collect extortion.
Among the business sector there is fear to denounce this type of actions, but it is clear that the insecurity is growing and the authorities have had null success to contain the criminal wave, mainly in Cancun.