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Gunmen open fire at BPM finale

Bernnie Federko

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NEWS
GUNMAN OPENS FIRE AT BPM FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY
Reports came in early this morning (16 January) that shots had been fired at the Blue Parrot club venue in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico at an Elrow-hosted closing party for BPM Festival.

According to early reports, five people have been shot dead including one venue security guard. A second shooting is also reported to have happened at another closing party at The Jungle.

In an eyewitness statement obtained by Dazed, Angel who was at the night said: “We were at Elrow, in the back of the club. We heard what appeared to be gunshots but a worker told us to calm down, it was just fireworks. People (sic) started getting up and again the shots started. My friends saw the shooter running across the back of the club shooting into it through a metal rail. One of my friends saw a person shot and bleeding.”

“Once the shooting stopped we jumped over that same fence and ran on the beach about 10 blocks. We were helped by some other party goers by letting us hang out in their hotel for a few minutes. They saw a guy shot in the head”

Reports of both incidents are still unfolding. We will share more information as we have it.
Gunman opens fire at BPM Festival closing party
 

praktik

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shit man, bad all round.

Worry for mexico and this area was always so safe.

GOnna be bad for tourism for this kind of shit to happen
 

ndrwrld

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Local officials confirmed two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were killed in a shooting outside a nightclub in Playa del Carmen.
 
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KickIT

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Praying that Craig Pettigrew, the man who started BPM (formerly ran Metro in Toronto) is safe.
 

Mondieu

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Anyone else hear Giorgio Mammoliti's comments about this? I can't find anything online but -this morning on wing-nut radio 640 - I heard a report on him discussing how he knew one of the victims and insinuated that this was related to narcotics. Apparently, he mentioned his knowledge of the victim and his own opposition to harm-reduction efforts at events in Toronto. I'm sorry that I can't provide a link. This d-bag needs to go. First to comment, mud-sling, deprecate and last to do anything positive for this city.
 
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tobywan

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I've never heard of Karl Hale before this, but after some quick research he seems like he's a well connected positive guy. Good on him for doing this.

And just like that, BPM Festival will no longer be held in Playa Del Carmen and will set their sights on Brazil and Portugal instead.

El Festival BPM no se volverá a realizar en Playa del Carmen tras balacera

The BPM Festival Will Expand to Brazil and Portugal in 2017
 
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KickIT

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I've never heard of Karl Hale before this, but after some quick research he seems like he's a well connected positive guy. Good on him for doing this.

And just like that, BPM Festival will no longer be held in Playa Del Carmen and will set their sights on Brazil and Portugal instead.

El Festival BPM no se volverá a realizar en Playa del Carmen tras balacera

The BPM Festival Will Expand to Brazil and Portugal in 2017
They're expanding. Not moving. This move was obviously in the works well before the shooting.
 

Wiseman

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Apparently a cartel put up a sign claiming responsibility saying it was because of unpaid money by the festival even calling out by name one of the organizers. I hope they have all gotten out of the country.
 

SneakyPete

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It's a whole different ball game when you're dealing with Cartels. They probably never had to deal with stuff like this back home. Maybe the biker gangs but Cartels are on a different level.
 

KickIT

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No doubt, they must've have some type of interaction with the cartels, otherwise there's no way they could've gone 10 years without a major incident like this. However, they would also need major support from the local and state government too.

NVM just saw the article tobywan posted. Looks like local support is being yanked.
 
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SneakyPete

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This is an interesting theory, kind of makes sense.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — While authorities investigate what set off a deadly shooting at an electronic music festival event, residents said it came amid a growing and increasingly open drug scene in this resort town that has long been spared the violence of Mexico's cartel wars.

[ "Gentle giant": Hamilton man killed in shooting at Mexican nightclub ]

Concerns that violence may be creeping into Playa del Carmen were voiced as people attended a Monday evening vigil in front of the Blue Parrot nightclub, where five people died and 15 were wounded or injured in the chaos before dawn.

"This is a sign of what has been happening," said Lenin Amaro, a local business owner and politician.

"It has reached us," Amaro said of the country's drug violence. "We were living in what you could call a bubble."

Investigators were trying to determine the motive of the shooting, but Quintana Roo state Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said the gunfire erupted when security tried to stop a man from entering the club with a gun. He ruled out any terrorist intent.

Three of those killed were part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival, Pech said. The gunman apparently fled.

Gov. Carlos Joaquin attributed the shooting to "the intolerance and conflict of interests between two people," referring to it as "a personal conflict" between two people who exchanged gunfire. He did not specify what the conflict was.

Federal authorities have spoken of a strong presence of the Zeta cartels in the state for years, especially an hour to the north in Cancun. In 2010, Zetas were blamed for the firebombing of a bar in Cancun that killed eight people.

On Monday, officials released a list of the dead, who included one Canadian, one American, two Mexicans and one Italian. Fifteen people suffered injuries, including at least two Canadians and two Americans.

One man who was inside the club said he hid in a storeroom with four others until the shooting stopped. He said he is a local resident and veteran of the club scene, and he agreed to speak about it only if granted anonymity because of fears for his safety.

He said that the Zetas cartel controls all drug dealing in the resort and that in the big clubs it has multiple people selling drugs, usually out of the bathrooms. He said drug dealing has become more open in recent years.

"In this area there are Zetas that control everything and that's why everything is fine," he said. "All the clubs here, every club here is controlled. In the toilets, everywhere, they control the drugs. They offer you drugs openly. The businessmen, the people in nightclubs, they cannot do anything. They (the Zetas) can burn your building."

He said local officials tolerate drug dealers as long as they don't "mess up."

For that reason, he did not believe the Zetas were responsible for the shooting. "The Zetas didn't do this. Otherwise they're going to kill their own business," he said. "If there are no clients there are no drugs."

He and others speculated that a rival had tried to sell in the club or perhaps just wanted to hurt their business. He said security at the event was not using metal detectors.

The Blue Parrot's management did not immediately respond to requests for an interview.

A foreign promoter attending the electronic music festival who was at an event in another Playa del Carmen location during the shooting, said many people who came to town for the festival had been unnerved by the bloodshed and left for Tulum to the south. A number of parties that were unrelated to the festival, but had sought to take advantage of so many DJs in town during the coming days have been cancelled, he said.

The promoter, who insisted on speaking anonymously out of concern for his safety, said it was unfortunate that organized crime was hurting the 10-day BPM festival.
Mexico resort town fears nightclub shooting means cartel drug war has arrived
 

Mondieu

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Nobody is safe anywhere there. There used to be places. Maybe 15 years ago. ...but now? It's a sewer, run by the cartels who're served by the patsy government and corrupt police. Total joke. Trust me. I've been setup, beaten by a gang of tiny machine-gun wielding cops, jailed and extorted. They could have just pointed the guns and told me to give them $1000USD. Fuck Mexico.
 

praktik

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praktik

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Well the good news is the Trump admin is going to escalate the War on Drugs, given past effectiveness of such actions it should only be a matter of time before illicit drug sales in Mexico just evaporate when faced with the steely resolve of the Drug Warriors
 

Mondieu

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Well the good news is the Trump admin is going to escalate the War on Drugs, given past effectiveness of such actions it should only be a matter of time before illicit drug sales in Mexico just evaporate when faced with the steely resolve of the Drug Warriors
Indeed. Clearly, it's worked so far. With escalation (more money and bigger guns), the market will completely dry up - save for those few pesky tourists who know that they can get half-decent blow and super-shitty weed from any little fella @ any resort. The only way to deal with the cartels is to crush them. ...and that's done through accountable law-enforcement agencies like the ones that have been fighting this good fight since alcohol prohibition was repealed. Right? LOL!

We live in a messed up world.
 
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