The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, a city that has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks on an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.
Aside from the uptick in phenomena that often accompany gambling, such as prostitution and gambling addiction which Proceso chronicles in another excellent articlethere are obvious connections to organized crime.
Maria Tomas Navarro, 42, stood weeping at the edge of the police tape stretched in front of the smoke-stained casino building.
We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, provided that it is attributed to InSight Crime in the byline, with a link to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. State police officials initially said witnesses reported hearing three explosions before the fire started, but later said a flammable material was used.
At the epicenter of this rise in gambling houses is the state of Nuevo Leon, of which Monterrey is the capital. The battle over the gambling business may be spreading to other areas as well.
They poured gasoline around the building and set it alight, killing at least 52 people. Despite gang related violence in the state gaming tax revenue is on the up and there is a more liberal approach to the industry. Mexico — Five casinos evacuated after bomb threat in Monterrey By Phil - 21 August Hundreds of players from five casinos in the city of Monterrey, capital of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, had to be evacuated after authorities received an anonymous bomb threat saying that five bombs had been placed at all five establishments and that all would explode simultaneously.
The reports of explosions may have been the sound of the ignition of the liquid. Many of these are illegal, the article adds. Police and emergency services immediately rushed to four casinos located in the metropolitan area of Monterrey and one in the municipality of Allende.
Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal said many of the bodies were found inside the casino's bathrooms, where employees and customers had locked themselves to escape the gunmen.
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The result is rising tension in the underworld over who controls this lucrative and important business. Criminal groups, while increasingly irrational and fragmented organizations, do not want to eliminate potential business opportunities, even those who are delinquent on their payments. The attack at the Casino Royale was also a sophisticated effort aimed at maximum destruction.
As the video released by the Nuevo Leon government showsthe eight to 10 men involved were in and out of the place in less than three minutes. According to the police, the call warned that there would be explosions starting at 9: I don't know what is happening," she said.
Video footage showed workers continuing to remove bodies well into the night. Smoke billows from the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico.
The officials were not authorized to be quoted by name for security reasons. Cartels often extort casinos and other businesses, threatening to attack them or burn them to the ground if they refuse to pay. State police officials quoted survivors as saying armed men burst into the casino, apparently to rob it, and began dousing the premises with fuel from tanks they brought with them.
Tax collection for gaming increased Specialists have pointed out that maximizing revenues from casinos would be a viable solution for raising additional taxes. The money is laundered through numerous channels such as real estate, hotels, agricultural goods, transport companies, mineral trade, etc. The gang was blamed for the casino bombing in monterrey mexico at Casino Royale.
She was hoping for word of her brother, year-old Genaro Navarro Vega, who had worked in the casino's bingo area. Once Mexico's symbol of development and prosperity, the city is seeing this year's drug-related murders on a pace to double last year's and triple those of the year before. One of these was Casino Royale, a separate ReporteIndigo report says. Heavily cash-driven establishments such as casinos have also traditionally attracted organized criminal groups.
Monterrey has seen bloody turf battles between the Zetas and Gulf cartels in recent months.
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In the middle of the afternoon on August 25 a group of armed men entered the Casino Royale in Monterrey, north Mexico. On May 25, four casinos in Monterrey were attacked and robbed simultaneously, signalling a fairly sophisticated operation.
An internal government report obtained by Proceso says that of these businesses are unlicensed. Fear was especially acute as the threat was made just a few days after the seventh year anniversary of the Casino Royale tragedy when a group of armed men attacked and then set fire to a licensed casino in Monterrey leaving 52 people dead.
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Last month, gunmen killed 20 people at a bar in Monterrey. But there is something illogical about this argument. This explanation of the Monterrey casino attack has been buried under other news narratives, namely the fight between the Gulf Cartel and their former armed wing, the Zetas.
In this fight, the Zetas are depicted as ruthless and incoherent. According to a recent article in Proceso magazinethe number of illegal gambling houses has risen from to since Calderon took office nearly five years ago. This number fell fromin part, the magazine says, because illegal establishments were absorbed by legal establishments.
It was the second time in three months that the Casino Royale was targeted.
Medics treated survivors for smoke inhalation. Click here to send InSight Crime your comments. On August 15, a casino in Saltillo, Coahuila, was attacked by armed men. In September last year a casino was shot at by a group of men who were aboard a moving vehicle, causing commotion amongst those in the area and the rapid intervention of police forces.