Drug cartels war puts Mexico in violence blacklist

International Crisis Group, a think tank specialized in conflict management, reported that Mexico’s situation regarding large-scale violence corresponds to that of countries affected by war

Drug cartels war puts Mexico in violence blacklist
Violence has put Mexico in a spiral of deterioration – Photo: Lenin Ocampo Torres/EFE
English 07/09/2019 16:37 Mexico City Inder Bugarín Actualizada 16:52
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In its monthly evaluation of all active conflicts in the world, International Crisis Group, an organism specialized in conflict management, warns about the worsening of the situation in Mexico.

The think tank based in Brussels asserts that the political and safety situation in the country registered a “significant deterioration” during August, compared to the previous month.

The rest of the list of entities with negative evolutions during the last months includes countries such as Burundi, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Yemen; the last two are witness to vicious attacks between separatists and state forces.

It is the first time, since the arrival of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to National Palace, that experts in charge of monitoring the situation of 70 conflicts and vulnerable countries put Mexico in the blacklist of countries in a spiral of deterioration.

The warning makes reference to large-scale violence, the increase of violence against women, and the persistent murders of journalists in the country.

It also refers to the ongoing massive massacres: it mentions the attack on the “White Horse” bar in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, registered last August 28 where 30 persons were killed; and the 19 bodies found in Uruapan on August 8 linked to the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

The organism forecasts this year to close as the most mortal since the Mexican Army has taken the streets to fight groups of organized crime.

Between January and July, 20,135 murders were registered, that is, 95.8 per day, over the 19,335 murders of the same period of the previous year.

Michoacán is a place in dispute between the cartels Los Viagras, The Knights Templar, and Jalisco New Generation over the control of crime markets, including extortion to avocado producers.

“In response, the government increased the deploy of the National Guard, the main and controversial instrument of the security plan of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.”

The studies of International Crisis Group are a point of reference for instances like the European Union and the United Nations; the monthly monitoring of the main conflicts in the world is designed to identify trends, warn about risks of a potential escalation, or also to alert about eventual opportunities of peace in the territories.

Since it opened its dossier about Mexico, it has centered its research in exploring solutions for the safety challenges from groups of organized crimes, transnational criminal networks, and the absence of the rule of law.

“Judicial institutions in Mexico are no rival to generalized corruption and powerful transnational cartels that control part of the country,” according to the report of the independent organization based in Brussels.

“Years of overmilitarized war against drugs and the proliferation of fraudulent businesses have disrupted the country,” the analysis adds.


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