Human Rights Policy and Nonprofit Organizational Development

Mexico: Drug violence grows

In Policy Blog on February 23, 2009 at 12:11 am

More shocking reports of cartel-related violence have come out of Mexico.  Most recently, five were wounded in sleepy beach town Zihuatenejo by a reported narco grenade.  The same day, two people were killed in AK-47 shooting sprees in restaurants in central Mexico, one on a highway near Mexico City.

Even more troubling are reports that the Chief of Police in Juarez resigned because of threats, made via hand-scrawled cardboard signs taped up all over the city, that a police officer would be killed every 48 hours until he did.  (See AP and New York Times reports)

That week five police officers were killed, and the Mayor of the city promised that officials would not back down.  Ciudad Juarez has been home to a third of the 6,000 drug-related murders in the last year, in spite of the increased presence of federal troops.


A forensic police officer works at the crime scene where a body was found in Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. Violence still continues in Ciudad Juarez, where police found several bodies apparently killed in separate incidents. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, from here)
  1. Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, have more violence.

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