Aug 29, 2011

Whack-a-mole Drug War: Battered state vows to solve Mexican security woes "MONTERREY, Mexico — Despite suffering one of the worst attacks on civilians in Mexico for years, the state of Nuevo Leon is undaunted because it believes a radical police overhaul will soon start winning the drug war. ... In an interview with Reuters, Nuevo Leon Interior Minister Javier Trevino said the state had a plan to beat organized crime -- starting with getting rid of half the police force, much of which had been corrupted by money from cartels.

Hundreds of protesters staged a demonstration outside government buildings in Monterrey on Sunday, calling on governor Rodrigo Medina to resign. ...Many locals blame Medina for the jump in fatalities, and organizers said Sunday's protest was the biggest to date against the governor.

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