Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun mayor Mara Lezama said 800 of the 1,445 National Guard elements being transferred to the state will be earmarked for Cancun. Lezama made the announcement on the same day governor Carlos Joaquin said the state was to have its own tourist security battalion.
Lezama explained that a total of 800 elements of the 1,445 National Guard’s Tourist Security Battalion arriving December 1, will be assigned only to Benito Juárez (Cancun).
“It will be a reality from the month of December. There are 800 elements in total. There will be 1,445 sent of which 800 are for Benito Juarez is what they told us yesterday at the security table,” confirmed the Cancun mayor.
The announcements were made Thursday after a Wednesday visit by Mexico’s President AMLO in Cancun. Their meeting resulted in the decision to create the new battalion to patrol Riviera Maya.
Due to recent violent acts, a plot of land was donated by the state to the federal government, who will install the 1,445 National Guard elements to make up the state’s new tourist security battalion.
“In the Benito Juarez government, we celebrate the announcements made this morning by the president. We agree that there can be no tourist paradises with hells of marginalization,” Lezama said.