Besieged Mexican town cheers arrival of soldiers
LA RUANA - The Associated Press
Mexican army soldiers enter the town of La Ruana as residents of the town who endured months besieged by a cartel cheer the arrival of troops. AP PhotoResidents of a western Mexico area who endured months besieged by a drug cartel cheered the arrival of hundreds of Mexican soldiers May 20.
People in La Ruana in Michoacan state lined the main road to greet more than a dozen troop transports and heavily armed Humvees with applause and shouts of joy. The town’s supplies had been blocked after the Knights Templars cartel declared war on the hamlet. The cartel dominates much of the state, demanding extortion payments from businessmen and storeowners. Supplies like gasoline, milk and cooking gas began to run low as cartel gunmen threatened to burn any trucks bringing in goods. On May 20, hundreds of soldiers moved in, erecting checkpoints on the highway leading into La Ruana and setting up an operating base in the town.