As the Mexican government continues its crackdown on organized crime, the country’s civil society is finding itself exposed to acts of extreme violence. No sector has been spared: environmentalists, human rights activists, indigenous leaders, journalists, students, and university professors have all been targetted.
The Mexican situation coming into 2012 is unique in the history of Latin America. It involves highly-fragmented corruption, in which the democratization of weak institutions has made them easy prey for competing outside interests. As a result, politicians, government administrators, and security forces are highly vulnerable, particularly when confronted by a well-financed and violent criminal elements.
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