In just 48 hours, authorities reported the discovery of the bodies of at least 17 people in municipalities of Michoacán, one of the six states with the highest rate of intentional homicides in the country.
Mexico, July 30 (RT) .- In less than 48 hours, the bodies of 17 people in the state of Michoacan. At least nine corpses showed signs of extreme violence, which reignited the debate on the terror used by criminal organizations in the Latin American nation.
On Wednesday, July 28, the Michoacán State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported the discovery of six bodies in the municipality of Jiménez, whose bodies had mutilations in their limbs.
This discovery occurred at 02:20 in the afternoon (local) in a vacant lot located in the town of El Zapote. These are six men, currently unidentified, who were transferred to the local Forensic Medical Service for a necropsy.
– Attorney General of the State of Michoacán (@FiscaliaMich) July 29, 2021
Despite the obvious signs of torture on the bodies, experts estimate that they died from asphyxia, while the authorities handle the hypothesis that they may have been victims of clashes between cartels.
A few hours earlier, three other victims had been located in the municipality of Chinicuila. The remains had been left in black plastic bags on the side of the National Guard base in the community of Villa Victoria.
In this case, the bodies were dismembered and the killings were claimed by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG). The three victims were from the El Salitre de Copala community who had been kidnapped the previous day by heavily armed men who were traveling in pickup trucks bearing the initials of CJNG.
In another incident of terror, the State Prosecutor’s Office reported on Thursday 29 the discovery of eight bodies in a camp located in a property known as Cerro Verde, very close to a route that connects with the town of Los Gallineros, in the municipality of Cotija. , about 90 kilometers from the state of Jalisco.
– Attorney General of the State of Michoacán (@FiscaliaMich) July 30, 2021
The authorities reported that the victims were wearing “tactical clothing” and that they had, at first glance, “wounds produced by gunshot wounds.”
According to a daily report produced by the security institutions of the federal government, there were, in a preliminary way, 38 victims of intentional homicide between Monday the 26th and Thursday the 29th. This represents, on average, one murder registered every two hours and half.
VIOLENCE IN MICHOACÁN
Violence in Mexico has not abated since the pandemic broke out in the country, which has included strict confinements. In 2020, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics, a rate of 29 murders per 100,000 inhabitants was maintained, a total of 36,579 homicides.
Michoacán is one of the six states with the highest rate of intentional homicides in the country. Together with Guanajuato, Baja California, Jalisco, the State of Mexico and Chihuahua, they account for more than 50 percent of these crimes.
In that same jurisdiction there are disputes over drug production and trafficking, which result in confrontations between different criminal gangs, as well as reprisals against the population.
One of the most active and violent gangs is the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel. In the last month alone, they have simultaneously attacked several Michoacan municipalities, staged roadblocks and shootings, and exhibited “drug tanks” and drones.
The extreme violence that plagues this western territory of the country, which borders three – Guanajuato, Jalisco and the State of Mexico – of the six most violent states, has been recorded for decades, although it captured the attention of the media more than 14 years ago. , when former PAN president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (2006-2012) ordered the deployment of the Armed Forces in Michoacán’s Tierra Caliente, in what marked the beginning of the “war against drug trafficking”.
Three months before that declaration, on September 6, 2006, a group of 15 armed men entered a nightclub in Apatzingán and threw five human heads onto the dance floor. Without further ado, they left the site. Calderón Hinojosa would later acknowledge that the then governor of Michoacán, Lázaro Cárdenas Batel (2002-2008), asked the federal government for help in the presence of La Familia Michoacana, the criminal group that had control of much of the Tierra Caliente region. .
Since then, the inhabitants of Michoacán have witnessed the horror of the extreme violence used by the drug cartels. The alleged perpetrators of these crimes have varied over time – Valencia, La Familia Michoacana, the Knights Templar, the Grandfather Cartel, United Cartels, the Sinaloa Cartel and currently the CJNG – and despite the mobilization of state forces, violent acts continue to plague this territory.
Part of the problem is explained by its strategic location in the Mexican Pacific. The port of Lázaro Cárdenas is one of the main points where chemical precursors for the production of methamphetamine and fentanyl arrive from Asia, destined for the United States.
The security specialist, Eduardo Guerrero, refers that a good part of the production of synthetic drugs in Mexico is carried out in clandestine laboratories in the Tierra Caliente de Michoacán.
The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has focused his security strategy on creating and deploying the National Guard throughout the territory. Recently, the president announced an additional investment of 2.5 billion dollars to strengthen this institution.
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, PhD in Political Science, agreed with López Obrador’s diagnosis that violence is not present throughout the territory. However, the specialist warned that it is “focused on many places in the Mexican Republic.”
“Yes, it is a situation that has not been resolved and that has affected an important part of Mexican society and this is tragic,” Correa-Cabrera said in an interview with RT.
“The current administration has not solved the security problem, which is still huge. Even in the pandemic, criminal organizations continue to operate at very important levels, controlling territories, “the expert added.