Apr 3, 2012
In Monterrey, Mexico, a culture of fear is evident
LA Times. Monterrey, the sleek capital of Nuevo Leon state, is said to be in danger of "falling" to organized crime. The city is beset by shootouts, armed robberies and "mass panic" incidents over any sign of danger.
More than 400 people have been killed in the state so far this year, compared with 315 in the same period of 2011, one local news report said. Extortion by cartels or petty criminals is believed to be widespread. And, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable from 2009, "all of the region's police forces are controlled by organized crime."
A culture of fear is evident. A shootout near a mall last month forced panicked shoppers to remain inside stores in confusion, a now-familiar scene in the city. In 2010, five people died during a stampede at a concert in the suburb of Guadalupe after shots were heard.