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Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

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Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

 

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FILE PHOTO: Forensic workers bury unclaimed bodies in a mass grave at San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

 

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

 

Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year's record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry published on Sunday.

 

Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting.

 

The complexity of fighting criminal groups is a major test for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who assumed office in December, vowing to try a different approach to his predecessor.

 

Former President Enrique Pena Nieto presided over a 40 percent rise in murder investigations across his six-year mandate from his first full year in office in 2013.

 

Of Mexico's 32 regions, the central state of Guanajuato registered the highest number of murder probes opened in 2018, at 3,290, more than three times as many murder probes as the 1,084 investigations opened in 2017.

 

Guanajuato has been hit by bloody turf wars among gangs battling for control of a lucrative market for stolen fuel.

 

The data showed 861 cases of murders of women in 2018 compared with 735 in 2017.

 

Mexico's national statistics office (INEGI) also calculated a record number of homicides in 2017, at 31,174 murders, or 25 per 100,000, using other methodologies. INEGI has yet to present its data for violent crime in 2018.

 

(Reporting by Delphine Schrank; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

 

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Andale, andale.

Let's all go to Thailand.  Much safer there.  :cheesy:

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Murderers who couldn’t cross the southern border, forced to commit murder at home... obvious really.

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Years ago I read an article in Time magazine saying 80% of the illegal migrants crossing the US southern border had been raped on their travels to the USA and 100% had been robbed and assaulted. Maybe Trump may not have been right when he called those crossing the border murders thieves and rapists, but their sure seems to be a lot of murderers, rapists, thieves, drug dealers, gang members in Mexico.

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Wonder what percentage are drug related

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A sad situation in Mexico. Odd that few ever invoke the name "Mexico" when violent crime or homicide happens elsewhere in the world. The USA seems to be brought up with frequency on those occassions.

 

Perhaps a Google review of the top countries with murder by firearms would be of interest to those that follow such things.

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4 hours ago, Benmart said:

A sad situation in Mexico. Odd that few ever invoke the name "Mexico" when violent crime or homicide happens elsewhere in the world. The USA seems to be brought up with frequency on those occassions.

 

Perhaps a Google review of the top countries with murder by firearms would be of interest to those that follow such things.

Racist as this comment will seem, I think most people expect crime figures and murder to be less in so called educated civilised countries.  It is true for most western countries.  US is the obvious stand out for murder and crime statistics in the western world.  I think US is also a stand out by far in the western world for mass murder and for the police in shooting dead its own citizens. That is why US gets mentioned. The world expects better of you.

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It seems the mass parties getting really hot these days. 

The wall sounds freaky, but we eventually will need it soon or later. 

 

 

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