By Jacob L. Shapiro
In the early hours of March 23, 20 assailants rammed a truck into the main gate of a Coca-Cola Femsa distribution center in Mexico, hoping to breach the entrance and burn the center to the ground. Forces from Mexico’s National Gendarmerie intervened in time to prevent the facility, located in Ciudad Altamirano, from being destroyed, but 19 of the attackers still managed to escape. The attack was the second in three days against the distribution center, which had only just reopened on March 21 after a two-month closure due to extortion threats. Coca-Cola Femsa subsequently announced it would shut down its operations in Ciudad Altamirano indefinitely because of what it described as “the absence of law and order.”
Ciudad Altamirano is a small town on the border between Guerrero and Michoacan, two of Mexico’s most violent states. In 2017, Guerrero had one of the highest murder rates in Mexico. A mayor of a small town in the stat
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