The MexicoBlog of the CIP Americas Program monitors and analyzes international press on Mexico with a focus on the US-backed War on Drugs in Mexico and the struggle in Mexico to strengthen the rule of law, justice and protection of human rights. Relevant political developments in both countries are also covered.
Jul 16, 2012
Mexico’s president says homicides down 15 percent to 20 percent in first half of 2012
Outgoing president Calderón said yesterday that compared to the same first six months of last year, this year, homicides have decreased by 15 to 20 percent. He claims again that his "decapitation" anti-cartel strategy is working, and denies that violence has been caused by government actions.
AP: MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon said homicides in Mexico dropped 15 percent to 20 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of 2011, according to an interview published Sunday by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Calderon said 2011 had proved “a climactic point” in drug-related killings, though he did not cite specific figures. Read more. Posted by Ryan Gentzler.