'El Chapo' Supporters Rally for His Release


Mexican officials say more than 200 people were arrested at a demonstration in support of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the captured drug cartel leader. Some of the demonstrators said they had been promised money if they attended the protest. (Mar. 3)


Culiacan, Mexico - 2 March 2014



1. Wide of protesters marching through Culiacan to demand release of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

2. Pan of protesters marching shouting (in Spanish) "Long live Chapo"

3. Pull in of little girl marching carrying banner reading (in Spanish) "Free Chapo"

4. Wide of protesters climbing the stairs leading to local church

5. Mid of protesters in front of the church shouting (in Spanish) "Yes we can" and carrying banners reading (in Spanish) "We want Chapo free"

6. Pull in of protesters shouting "Chapo" and carrying banners against his extradition to the US

7. Pan of police officers, some of them masked, arriving to stop demonstration

8. Wide of police vehicles arriving to stop protest

9. Travelling shot of protester being escorted away by police

10. Pull in of arrested protesters seated in police vehicle

11. Various of woman resisting arrest shouting (in Spanish) "Let me go"

12. Travelling shot of the same woman being taken away by police


13. Wide of protesters marching and shouting "Chapo"

14. Mid of protesters shouting (in Spanish) "We want Chapo free" and carrying a banner reading (in Spanish) "We are Mexican in our heart and not American by belief. No to extradition (of Guzman)"

15. Pan of protesters jumping and shouting (in Spanish) "We want Chapo free"

16. Pan left of police vehicles


Mexican authorities have said that more than 200 people were arrested on Sunday at a demonstration in support of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the purported head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, who was captured last week.

Messages on social networking sites had urged people to gather at the shrine to Jesus Malverde, a folk saint viewed as the patron or protector of people involved in the drug trade.

The crowd shouted "Long live Chapo!" while others held banners protesting against his possible extradition to the United States.

Some local residents support Guzman and say he provided jobs, money and security for inhabitants.

Later, several hundred people tried to evade the heavy police presence and march to a local church; dozens of them were detained along the way.

One woman could be seen resisting arrest and was tackled to the ground by police officers.

Some said they had been promised 700 pesos (about 53 US dollars) for attending the protest, and some women and men could be seen at the end of the march writing down participants' names in notebooks.

Mexican federal judges have said he will have to stand trial on separate drug-trafficking and organised-crime charges in Mexico.

The Attorney General's Office said he also faces organised-crime charges in six other cases in four Mexican states and in Mexico City.

"El Chapo", who escaped from a western Mexico prison in 2001, is to remain in Mexico's highest-security prison.

Guzman has also been indicted in California, New York and other states - but the Mexican government has said he will be extradited to the US anytime soon.

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