In some areas of Jalisco, not only are there organized crime checkpoints and charges for land rights, but there are also Extortions are recorded against doctors who attend hospitals in the Northern Zone.
Fernando Petersen, Secretary of Health of the State Government, acknowledged that there are some cases of doctors who have been threatened in that region. “At the moment we do not have any incident inside (the health centers). Yes, there have been extortions, calls to doctors to extort them.”
He explained that they are reinforcing surveillance in health centers, in order to have a “very precise pulse of security. We have informed the Ministry of Public Security and we have also asked Sedena and the National Guard to help us, especially in places where we have reports that health personnel feel compromised.
Although the victims are afraid to report to the Public Ministry, between January and May of this year there were 262 investigation folders for the crime of extortion in Jalisco, while in all of last year there were 656 illicit ones.
On the other hand, the spokesman for the Archbishopric of Guadalajara, Antonio Gutiérrez, lamented the extortion that priests also suffer. “This is a modality that we had not known. To allow the patron saint festivities it is necessary that the head of each square is aware and, in addition, they ask for 50% of the profits.
Last Sunday, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega denounced the presence of organized crime checkpoints in the North Zone of Jalisco, as well as the charge for the right of floor to the churches to carry out the patron saint festivities.
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