Mexican troops defend Acapulco, violent `Hot Land`

Mexican federal police and troops took over security Wednesday in the resort of Acapulco and a violent region known as the Hot Land following the presumed massacre of 43 students.

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 04, 2014, 02:50 AM IST

Iguala: Mexican federal police and troops took over security Wednesday in the resort of Acapulco and a violent region known as the Hot Land following the presumed massacre of 43 students.

Monte Alejandro Rubido, the national security commissioner, said the Acapulco operation was aimed at restoring security in the Pacific port during the winter holidays.

Acapulco`s tourism industry has been hit by recent protests over the disappearance, and apparent slaughter, of 43 aspiring teachers in the southern state of Guerrero in September. The city also has a high murder rate linked to drug gang turf wars.

Extra federal forces were also deployed in 36 towns of Tierra Caliente (Hot Land), a gang-plagued region straddling the states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Morelos and Mexico, Rubido said.

President Enrique Pena Nieto had announced the security measure last week as part of an effort to curb violence in a state where municipal police have been found to be working with gangs.

Prosecutors say police in the city of Iguala attacked a group of students and handed them over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, who told investigators they killed the 43 young men.

Rubido announced the deployment from Iguala alongside Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.