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Violence in Mexico: average of 100 people killed every day in May

Mexico has reached a new milestone in the homicidal epidemic that has lived for more than a decade in the country. The nation of 127 million inhabitants registered 2,982 homicides during the month of May.

The 2020 figure registers a slight increase compared to the previous year, when 2,903 murders were counted. In absolute numbers, Guanajuato positioned itself as the entity with the most violent deaths: 1,903 between January and May.

The most violent states in Mexico, in terms of homicides, are the State of Mexico, with 1,225; Baja California, with 1,157; Chihuahua, with 1,139; Jalisco with 1,094 and Michoacán with 1,087.

The states with the lowest number of homicides are Yucatán, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Aguscalientes, Tlaxcala and Durango.

The report highlights widespread violence that breaks with the logic of regional and focused dynamics.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador avoided talking about the historic figure. During his morning press conference this Friday, the president limited himself to affirming that the Morena Administration will continue to fight the drug cartels, but also added that his cabinet has played a role in the fight against white-collar crime.

Before assuming the presidency, at the end of 2018, López Obrador announced that his plan to stop violence would focus on other causes, such as, corruption, lack of opportunities and quality in education, employment, and access to health. The president once described his approach to drug cartels as ‘hugs, not bullets’.

Eighteen months later, the situation hasn’t improved, and in some cases has gotten worse. The criticism of the Security Secretary, Alfonso Durazo, has been extremely harsh and continuous, especially since the Culiacán clashes, when an elite group of the Army tried to capture Ovidio Guzmán, which was successful until the president demanded his release out of fear cartels would spark violence in the country, and recently for the execution of the control judge, Uriel Villegas. and his wife, in the state of Colima.

For analyst Ricardo Márquez Blas, there is one factor that continues to have a profound impact on the increase in violence in Mexico: the Mexican police intervene less and less in the crimes that have occurred.

According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, during the period from 2010 to 2018, the total number of crimes that occurred increased 42.8 percent, while police attending to crimes only rose 9.5 percent.

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