Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Violence in Mexico on the rise

As a follow up, it seems the violence in Mexico isn't limited to Tijuana.

The Juarez turf wars have claimed more than 210 dead this year so far.

A turf war among drug cartels has claimed more than 210 lives in the first three months of this year. Many of those killed were young gunmen from out of town. The number of homicides this year is more than twice the total number of homicides for the same period last year. Several mass graves hiding 36 bodies in all have been discovered in the backyards of two houses owned by drug dealers.

At the height of the violence, around Easter, bodies were turning up every morning, at a rate of almost 12 a week. Desperate, the mayor and the governor of Chihuahua State asked the federal government to intervene.

"Neither the municipal government, nor the state government, is capable of taking on organized crime," Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said in an interview.

Hell, one NPR reporter described Juarez as just like the opening scene from No Country for Old Men. And people wonder why securing the southern border is high on some priority lists.

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