Mexico: An unstoppable wave of crime

In recent weeks, a wave of violence has struck Mexico, including the massacre of the LeBarón family

Mexico: An unstoppable wave of crime
ullet-riddled vehicles that members of LeBarón family were traveling from Chihuahua to Sonora - Photo: Christian Chávez/AP
English 07/11/2019 09:36 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:40

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The fight against violence is turning into a snowball for the Mexican government. The situation is the result of abandoning the strategy to use the force against criminal organizations.

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The Christian-humanist ideas proposed by President López Obrador clash with a sinister reality since the security strategy has been insufficient to lower the homicide rates and on the contrary, the numbers have increased. In 2019, states such as Veracruz, Michoacán, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Morelos, Sinaloa, Sonora, and Chihuahua have been the scenario for violent incidents, continuing with the violence that has besieged Mexico in the last decade.

The decision to handle social gaps and set the foundations for change but in the face of violent events taking place throughout the country, it is urgent to implement a restraint policy based on the use of force.

And if the government wants to avoid shootings when stopping criminal groups, their strategy should have a broader scope and not be based on a conciliatory speech. Moreover, there are several examples of drug traffickers who were arrested without violence.

But where are the financial intelligence measures to affect the criminal organizations' finances? The efficiency shown to investigate alleged corruption acts perpetrated by politicians who were part of the previous federal administration has to be used to investigate companies and bank accounts linked to drug trafficking.

The LeBarón family has been under threat for a decade

Moreover, is it impossible to halt arms trafficking? Can the government contain the migration wave but not arms smuggling into Mexico?

Mexico has to implement new actions to eradicate violence and inform society about these new actions before this issue becomes key for the electoral process in the U.S., which is set to start in three months. For example, on Tuesday, Donald Trump announced his intention to support a “WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” a proposal that has an electoral purpose behind it, as well as economic, as a result of the gun culture and economy in the U.S.

The massacre of members of the LeBarón family placed Mexico at the center of news coverage in the world. Before investment and tourism are affected, the government should review its security strategy. The more this is delayed, the consequences could be more serious. Time is running out.

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