Mexican police stop planned protest for drug lord

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Police in northern Mexico have detained about 40 people who were apparently planning to demonstrate in support of captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The move comes after a similar march demanding Guzman's release last week drew about 1,000 enthusiastic supporters into the streets of Culiacan, the capital of northern Sinaloa state.

The Sinaloa state public safety department says 40 people were detained in Culiacan on Sunday after they gathered at a shrine to Jesus Malverde, a folk saint viewed as the patron or protector of people involved in the drug trade.

Some of those present were shouting "Long live Chapo!" and refused police orders to disperse.

Public safety spokesman Daniel Gaxiola says they were detained for disturbing the peace.

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