The children of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, Iván Archivaldo and Alfredo Guzmán, have taken to social media to express support for their father and send a warning to Mexican government, following El Chapo’s capture following a shoot out last Friday.
In a twitter account reported to be authentic by Mexican media Iván Guzmán tweeted a defiant message aimed at the Mexican government, declaring that “do not know what they have done or what mess they have got themselves into.”
Ven a mi padre como un trofeo cuando el trofeo debería ser acabar con los secuestradores extorsionadores y el hambre pinche Gobierno mierda.
— Iván Guzmán. (@lvanArchivaIdo) January 9, 2016
“They see my father as a trophy, when the trophy should be killing the kidnappers and the extortionists,” he continued.
El Gobierno como el perro mal agradecido, siempre muerde la mano que le da de tragar. — Iván Guzmán. (@lvanArchivaIdo) January 10, 2016
Iván also cryptically branded the Government as “ungrateful” and as “biting the hand that feeds it” which was no doubt intended to make some members of Mexico’s political class uncomfortable about what the Guzmán’s might know, and more importantly what they will be prepared to say, about the well documented links between drugs trade and Mexican politics.
Thinly veiled threats
Meanwhile, Alfredo Guzmán warned that the government “will know of the Guzmáns very soon” which will raise fears of reprisals against the government and a resumption of violence that marked the presidency of previous presidential incumbent Felipe Calderón whose strategy of going after “king pins” created a power vacuum which competing groups sought to fill.
Por las buenas puedo ser un Santo, pero por las malas soy veneno y el Gobierno sabrá de los Guzmán muy pronto.
— Alfredo Guzmán (@_AlfredoGuzman_) January 8, 2016
If Alfredo Guzmán is to be believed however, their father’s absence will not affect the Sinaloa cartel’s strength or the family’s firm grip over it:
“As my father said, if I’m not around there is always (Iván Archivaldo Guzmán) there to pay your respects, where there is life there is hope.”