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Mexico, the most violent in 20 years 


At least 80 people are murdered per day in Mexico, a number that equals the horror of the worst days the country lived during the narco wars.

Violence in Mexico seems to be a recurring theme every end of the year. In 2017, again, Mexico is on the verge of breaking all its own bloody records.

With just a month left to close the year, the country is on its path to breaking the number of murders seen in 2011, the year of the so-called drug war driven by then then-President Felipe Calderón.

After the November data was made public last Friday night, the accumulated rate reaches 26,573 murders. That is 80 murders a day.

With a monthly average of more than 2,000 intentional homicides, Mexico is one step away from exceeding 27,199, the record from 2011.

Since the end of military patrols ended in December 2006, murder rates, the crime most related to organized crime- skyrocketed until they peaked in 2011, then went down in 2014, a year in which paradoxically there were two events of great symbolic power: the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa and the killing of civilians by the army in Tlatlalya.

In the following three years, as the arrests or deaths of the big bosses continued, the numbers boiled again until the numbers gathered in November came to light.

In this month, the Government of Peña Nieto has perpetuated the police’s use of the Army in the country with the coming into force of the so-called Internal Security Law.

Once the big cartels have been dismantled, the atomization of organized crime groups has provoked a new violent logic, led by a galaxy of small autonomous cells that have also extended their networks to other types of crime: extortion, robbery, and trafficking.

The supposed oasis that for years represented the capital of Mexico City, in the face of organized crime, has ended up evaporating with unprecedented actions such as this summer’s military operation in the south of the city where a medium-sized capo was taken out.

Baja California, the tourist pearl of the Pacific, has registered a flood of murders upwards of more than 400% in the last four years.

November also marks a turning point in the way of collecting official statistics in Mexico.

During the week, the Ministry of the Interior filtered out a list of 31 new crimes, counted during the last three years.

Fulfilling a request made by social organizations, the number of investigations related to feminicide is broken down in a lot of detail.

The only reliable federal source available so far was the National Statistical Institute (INEGI).

More than 1500 investigations were opened for feminicide.

The crime, also known as violence against women, records figures on abuse (41,580 cases), harassment (1,540 cases), and gender violence (5,101 cases) are also recorded in independent sections.

Among the most powerful data, are also complaints filed by domestic violence occurrences, which exceed the stratospheric figure of 400,000, a number greater than any of the other sections accumulating the three years that were accounted for.

Other crimes that also have significant figures are those committed by public servants (36,478 cases), corruption of minors (5,489 cases), electoral crimes (1,840 cases), abortion (1,540 cases), traffic of adult persons (1,034 cases), child trafficking (467 cases) and incest (76 cases).

Although these numbers seem to be high, there are hundreds of thousands of unreported examples of each and every one of these crimes committed in rural places where the accounting is not kept up.

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About the author: Luis R. Miranda

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder & editor of The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 23 years in every form of news media. He writes about environmentalism, education, technology, science, health, immigration and other current affairs. Luis has worked as on-air talent, news reporter, television producer, and news writer.

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