The Jalisco New Generation Cartel threatened widespread violence over the weekend in Baja California, producing alerts from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. A message reportedly sent out from the cartel threatened violence to urge the government to free captured members. “Be warned. As of Friday at 10 p.m. through Sunday at 3 a.m., we’re going to create mayhem so the [expletive] government frees our people. We’re the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, we don’t want to hurt good people, but it’s best they don’t go outside; we’re going to attack anyone we see on the streets these days,” the cartel announced, according to KSWB-TV and other outlets. The U.S. Department of State issued warnings to Americans in Baja California, including Tijuana. They stated that U.S. government employees should shelter in place beginning Friday. According to the U.S. Embassy website, the shelter-in-place order ended on Sunday afternoon. [tweet_embed] August 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] “The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana is aware of reports of multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks, and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Tecate. U.S. government employees have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice,” the consulate in Tijuana wrote on Twitter on Aug. 12. A second message from the U.S. consulate said that U.S. citizens to “avoid the area,” “seek secure shelter, if in the area,” “monitor local media for updates,” “be aware of your surroundings,” and “notify friends and family of your safety.” Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero announced in a video and an accompanying news conference this weekend that criminal gangs will not force Tijuana, located near San Diego, California, to shut down. Roughly 3,000 federal troops in Baja California would assist police; she said [tweet_embed] August 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] “We are not going to allow a single Tijuana citizen to pay the consequences of those who didn’t pay their bills,” she announced Saturday, according to Fox News. “We ask that you make the people who owe you pay up, not the families and citizens who work.” Drug cartel members attacked several convenience stores nationwide earlier this week. “Business leaders are very concerned about the climate of insecurity that exists in some areas of our country and we need to have the guarantee of the full application of the rule of law,” Mexico’s Chamber of Commerce announced last week. [tweet_embed] August 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] The plea followed a night of violence in the central states of Guanajuato and Jalisco on Tuesday, where military personnel clashed with cartel members, prompting the U.S. embassy to issue a travel warning.