Protesters detained during pro-Guzman rally in northern Mexico
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 01:19
Mar.4- Mexicans again march through the streets of Culiacan, calling for the release of jailed drug lord ''El Chapo'' Guzman but authorities swoop in and make arrests. Sarah Toms reports.
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Hundreds of people in northern Mexico rallied in support of the captured drug lord Joaquin Guzman -- known as El Chapo or "Shorty".
Protesters marched through the streets of Sinaloa state, demanding that the man they say has provided jobs, money and security, is not extradited to the US.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, JANET, SAYING:
"It's a way to show we are against the fact they (authorities) could extradite him. He's Mexican, he was arrested here and he has to be in his city."
It's the second protest in a week since Guzman was arrested. Twenty people were detained after defying police orders to disperse.
One photographer told the media shots were fired into the air to scatter the crowd. His equipment was confiscated.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PHOTOGRAPHER FROM NOROESTE NEWSPAPER, HECTOR PARRA, SAYING:
"The policeman who started shooting was next to me. I was taking photos of the bullet shell casings when they (police) arrived and started attacking me. The photos were there but they (police) stole my equipment. My work has disappeared."
Guzman ran the Sinaloa cartel, which smuggles huge amounts of illegal drugs into the United States.
The Mexican government says he will not be extradited to the US any time soon. He still faces an outstanding prison term after escaping from jail in a laundry basket in 2001.
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