Murder rates in Mexico have hit a record high amid criminal carnage not seen since the so-called “war on drugs” a decade ago. Over the first four months of 2017, three murders took place every hour to reach a total of 8,705 killings, about half of which can be attributed to organised crime. This marks the highest toll for this period since Mexican prosecutors began recording systematic crime statistics twenty years ago.
The path to this grisly statistic has advanced through various stages. The first was the militarisation of the “war on drugs” that began in 2006 under former President Felipe Calderón, and which triggered an arms race and clashes between criminal organisations and state security forces, including the Mexican army.… Seguir leyendo »