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Guerrero needs help

As a consequence of the lack of rule of law in several regions of Guerrero, thousands have had to move out of their communities, in hopes of beginning a new and safer life elsewhere
Guerrero needs help
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25/03/2018
09:00
Mexico City
Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL
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Adding to the episodes of violence registered almost every day in the southern state of Guerrero, this week we had some new situations that expose the downward spiral of insecurity in the state.

Last Tuesday a group of criminals entered into a secondary school, located nearby Acapulco port, with the only objective of stealing hair. They broke into the school after classes had already started and cut the hair of 20 female students and 2 female teachers. In response, 200 schools in Guerrero decided to move begin the holiday period earlier, given the lack of security.

Last Friday, The Coca-Cola Company announced the indefinite closure of their facilities in Altamirano City as this branch office had been the target of extortion and violence attacks. The company had previously decided to temporarily suspend its operations early this year but shortly after resuming them, a group of workers was attacked once more by a criminal gang.

Moreover, as a consequence of the lack of rule of law in several regions of the state, thousands of people have had to move out of their communities, leaving behind their belongings and houses to begin a new, safer life, in other regions of the state.

According to the information published today by EL UNIVERSAL, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) estimates that at least 12, 590 people have migrated to other regions in Guerrero due to insecurity. Some have received help from relatives, others from the Government, yet all agree they will be unable to return to their places of origin.

How many more unfortunate events will be needed before a permanent coordination is established between the federal and local governments? Fighting insecurity requires daily assessment meetings, involving the community, to solve this situation, as well as public reports on the strategies implemented and the progress made.

Public opinion has been witness to the frequent deployments of federal and state agents to contain violence waves, usually accompanied from a wide dissemination in the media yet after a couple of days or weeks, we hear nothing more about the actions being taken.

Restoring order in the state should be one of the priorities of any government. Yet given recent events, it is clear this had been anything but that. Guerrero needs our help, mainly of the federal government.

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