La Jornada de Guerrero reports that a group of mayors from all political parties in the Mexican state of Guerrero reported on 26 July that they were the targets of an elaborate and expensive extortion scheme carried out by organized criminal groups in that state.
Fees as high as US$50,000 are required for family and personal "protection."
The mayors said that, together, their budget is some US$1.8 million, and if forced to pay the extortion fees, they would run out of money within four months.
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