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MEXICO DRUG WAR: Month of October sets record for the bloodiest month in recent history

November 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
MEXICO DRUG WAR: Month of October sets record for the bloodiest month in recent history

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Mexico has recorded it’s most violent month in 2017 with over 2,700 murders for the month of October, making it the bloodiest in recent history.

Mexico’s Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SNSP) released updated figures that show almost every month that elapsed in 2017 was more violent than the previous one.

Additionally, the government data confirms that the fifth year of Mexican President’s Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration will be even bloodier than 2011, the most violent year under his predecessor, Felipe Calderón, the former President who militarized the drug war and intensified the government-backed conflict with the Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels.

According to government statistics cited by the Mexican news outlet Proceso, in the first 10 months of 2017, authorities opened over 20,000 homicide investigations which claimed the lives of more than 23,000 victims.

A vehicle incinerated after an attack by cartel gunmen in Cárdenas, Tabasco, on November 10. Photo: Proceso/Special

The number equates to an increase 8 percent increase in comparison to the same period in 2011, which is considered the height of the Mexican drug war.

The data also shows during the period from January-October 2017, 24 states registered their worst level of violence in the last four years, while the month of October was particularly violent in Baja California, Guerrero, the State of Mexico and Gulf State of Veracruz, where the authorities registered 883 victims in total.

Moreover, in the last four years, the states of Baja California Sur, Colima, Zacatecas and Veracruz suffered an astonishing increase in murders, with the number of victims rising 808%, 617%, 512% and 225%, respectively.

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For example, in Baja California Sur, authorities reported 536 murder victims between January and October 2017, which is ten times more than during the same period in 2014, when they registered just 59 victims.

The state that saw the biggest percentage increase this year is in the state of Colima, which has a population of just over 650,000.

The data shows Colima’s homicide figure surged to 660 from 92 in 2014, a rating of 75.4 per 100,000 residents.

The state of Tabasco, which has also seen the murder rate skyrocket in recent years, closed the January-October period with 738 homicides.

Only three Mexican states saw actual decreases in victims of intentional homicides including, Tamaulipas, Durango, and Coahuila.

The government data shows a jump in other crimes in the first 10 months of 2017, including violent auto thefts, which soared 40.9%, and kidnappings were up 4.8%.

Security experts attribute the rise in drug-related violence to organized crime, specifically the rapid expansion of the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel, coupled with the decline of the Sinaloa cartel and splintering of the Tamaulipas-based criminal organizations, the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas.

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