MSM continues to ignore effects of War on Drugs: violence in Juarez, MX.Submitted by rucdelaspook on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 17:23
"The new year began much as the last one ended in Juárez - three homicides on New Year's Day.
Juárez had its most violent year in memory in 2008 as extortion, street shootings and beheadings became an almost daily occurrence because of a crime wave fueled by a war among drug cartels.
Chihuahua state police spokesman Arturo Sandoval said that a final tally on the number of homicides last year would not be available until later this week. But unofficially, 2008 ended with more than 1,600 homicides around Juárez.
Juárez officials said the city police force is in better shape than it was a year ago. It fired 300 officers deemed untrustworthy, grew to more than 1,600 officers and acquired needed firearms from the federal government.
But as 2009 begins, Juárez and the rest of Mexico still face a public-safety crisis from the corrupting power of organized crime that some have describe as a national security threat also felt on the U.S. side of the border.
"The continued impunity of these crimes constitutes a frontal threat to the rule of law in our binational community," states a draft of a proposed resolution condemning the violence in Juárez, scheduled to go before the El Paso City Council on Tuesday."
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When I visited my family and friends this Christmas, this was the main subject of many conversations. El Paso, TX and Juarez, MX are sister cites. Tourism into Mexico has dropped significantly. El Paso usually ranks among the top 3 safest cities in America! This degree of violence across the border is astonishing. Mexicans killing Mexicans-- killing women and children. And everyone agreed that it was happening because of America's War on Drugs. Over 1,600 people in a year...
Did any of you know that this was happening?