We recently blogged about the terrible violence afflicting Guerrero, Mexico and particularly Acapulco.
Instead of pleading for more security (which I’m sure they have done numerous times), the Association of Coastal Merchants (Asociación de Comerciantes Establecidos de la Costera) in Acapulco has formally requested that they be excused from paying government taxes because they already pay so much to organized crime in extortion.
They note that there have been a lot of murders because of their inability to pay double (both taxes and extortion fees). Almost 200 businesses in the area have already closed their doors because of a deadly combination of extortion, violence, and drop in tourism. The group predicts many more will follow suit.
That’s a sad recognition of how little the state actually governs in Guerrero.