Mexico drug violence kills 1 000 a month

2012-01-02 22:28

Mexico City - Around 12 000 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 in Mexico and around 50 000 have been killed since the start of President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on drug gangs in 2006, media reported on Monday.

The reports came out as brutal violence continued to rock parts of Mexico amid a military crackdown on organised crime involving tens of thousands of troops.

Reforma, a daily, counted 12 539 drug-related killings in 2011, which it said was a 6.3% increase on the previous year.

It said the violence had become more brutal with increases in beheadings - to almost 600 - and more than 1 000 cases of torture.

Daily Milenio recorded 12 284 drug-related deaths in 2011 and underlined major hikes in violence in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero and the Gulf of Mexico state of Veracruz, where 35 bodies were dumped under a busy overpass in one incident alone.

La Jornada daily estimated 11 890 deaths, or an average of 33 per day, in 2011, which it said was an 11% decrease on the previous year, in a report published on Saturday.

The government has said 15 273 people were killed in 2010, without offering specifics on its count, making it the deadliest year since Calderon launched his crackdown.

In an election year in which drug violence is a key concern, a spokesperson for the attorney general's office said the government would release official figures for 2011 in the first half of January.

  • John - 2012-01-02 22:59

    So? In South Africa there are 2000 murders every Month, and NO DRUG WAR. Since 2006, about 144 000 Murders, and NO DRUG WAR. Just the bad work of the ANC, Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-03 09:09

      Ja, Mexico has to go a ways before they can boast of being the Murder Capital of the world. That record still belongs to South Africa. Another Proudly South African moment.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-02 23:20

    those cops must know who those drug lords are, what are they waiting for?

      Heibrin - 2012-01-03 03:59

      The same reason why the Hawks aren't arresting the really corrupt politicians: the money she is flowing...

  • Riaan - 2012-01-03 00:32

    Still less than the good ol' SA. They need drugwars to get those stats. We just have our regular crimerate. Sad isnt it?

  • Shaun - 2012-01-03 04:36

    I am a South African living in Mexico. Its only in certain parts of the country where these killings happen, even so it doesnt make it any less of a crime. The police, politicians, drug lords etc are all part of this problem, and many are corrupt and in it for the money. Lots of money. The other major problem is Mexico's location. It borders the US which is where most of the drugs end up, there is a huge market in the US for drugs from Mexico and South American countries like Brazil and Colombia. Until something is done in the US to reduce demand, this problem sadly wont go away. And yes, in SA the murder rate is much higher without any drug related problems, also very sad. Despite the drug related killings, Mexico is a wonderful place and a beautiful country. Hopefully they can get this problem under control soon.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-03 11:59

    So why don't you move. South Africa could do without negative people like you guys.

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