Friday 1 March 2013

Three months of Peña Nieto, and almost three thousand dead as drug war grinds on

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From December 1, 2012, when Enrique Peña Nieto took the helm as Mexico’s new president, to 28 February of this year, some 2,882 people have been killed in actions linked to organized crime.

The count comes from Milenio newspaper, which noted also that among the dead were 100 soldiers and federal police. Most of these were local agents (64), followed by state police (23), federal agents (6), soldiers (6) and a sailor. The monthly tallies for the security forces were 43 in December, 11 in January, and 46 in February.

Overall, there was a slight decline during the three month period, with 982 deaths in December, 956 in January, and 944 in February.

As part of the war on drugs, the Mexico military has been deployed to fight cartels in 9 of the Mexico’s 32 states: Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, State of Mexico, Michoacán and Guerrero.

Not surprisingly, these states are also seeing the most violence: last month Chihuahua was the most dangerous state, with 155 deaths, followed by Guerrero with 87.

According to official estimates, during the previous six year administration of Felipe Calderón over 70,000 died, or an average of about 32 per day.

(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)

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