What to know about the luxury travel advisory for Mexico
Mexico’s tourism ministry on Monday issued a travel advisory advising tourists to avoid the southern state of Oaxaca in the wake of recent violence in the city of Monterrey, which killed at least 17 people.
In a statement, the ministry said Oaxacan is “in a critical situation” due to a lack of infrastructure and a violent police crackdown on drug traffickers.
It said the violence is a consequence of a “failed” attempt by the state government to secure the state’s lucrative oil fields and the loss of oil revenues from the Oaxacano region, which is home to Oaxacoatlán, the country’s largest state-owned oil company.
“The violence is directly connected to the ongoing political and economic crisis in the Oceania region,” the statement said.
According to the ministry, the OAXACA conflict was sparked by the murder of a former local mayor, Carlos Barrientos, on November 9 in the town of Monrovia, and continued for the next three days.
The city was rocked by sporadic protests over Barrientes death.
In addition, there were clashes between the police and the opposition Democratic Action for the People, which are blamed for the violence.
On November 19, a security guard was killed in Monrovis, a town in the central state of Iguala, and more than 200 people were arrested after local police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters.
Since the OSA violence, Oaxayans political leaders have called for the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has been in power for five years.
The country’s president, who is a congresswoman, has been criticized for not acting to stop the violence, but the opposition has called for him to step down, citing his role in a previous military coup in 2002.
In a new policy statement on Friday, the government also warned against travelling to the Oza state, home to Monterreros oilfields, saying it would “not allow any further deterioration of the situation in Oaxahasca.”