Mari­achi mas­sacre

The West Australian - - WORLD -

Mex­i­cans head­ing into the week­end’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions were jolted by a brazen shoot­ing by men dressed as mari­achi mu­si­cians who killed five peo­ple and wounded eight oth­ers in Garibaldi Plaza, the square in the cap­i­tal where the bands ser­e­nade tourists.

The Mex­ico City pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice said at least one for­eigner was among those wounded in Fri­day night’s at­tack, car­ried out by three gun­men.

Four peo­ple died ini­tially and a fifth died of her wounds at a hos­pi­tal, au­thor­i­ties said.

News out­let La Silla Rota cir­cu­lated sur­veil­lance video of the al­leged as­sailants wear­ing tra­di­tional em­broi­dered jack­ets and pants as they fled on mo­tor­bikes.

The shoot­ing cast a bloody pall over In­de­pen­dence Day fes­tiv­i­ties.

Many Mex­i­cans wear mari­achi cos­tumes, a sym­bol of na­tional pride, to com­mem­o­rate the launch of the re­volt against Span­ish rule on Septem­ber 16, 1810.

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