Violent clashes between criminal organizations and community auto-defense groups in Guerrero state prompted at least 1500 people to flee their homes as of Wednesday, November 14. On Sunday, November 11, approximately 3000 members of a vigilante group called Guerrero State Community Police Front (FPCEG) moved into the community of Filo de Caballos, resulting in a four-hour long gunfight with members of a criminal group that left seven people dead. Further fighting between criminal organizations, auto-defense groups, and security forces are possible in the state in the near term.
Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico and the home of numerous criminal organizations vying for control of the drug routes and opium production. While the falling price of opium has calmed some of the violence, violent crime remains prevalent. Additionally, there are many unsanctioned armed auto-defense groups that can contribute to violence, erect roadblocks, and may target travelers. The US Department of State advises against all travel to Guerrero due to the risk of violent crime.
Due to the extreme levels of violence and presence of armed groups, many Western governments advise against travel to Guerrero, along with Colima, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. Professional security advice should be sought prior to travel to these regions.
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