Mexican drug homicides fall 14 percent at start of Pena Nieto's term

MEXICO CITY Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:09pm EDT

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks at the opening ceremony of the annual Boao Forum in Boao, in southern China's Hainan province, April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander F. Yuan/Pool

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks at the opening ceremony of the annual Boao Forum in Boao, in southern China's Hainan province, April 7, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Alexander F. Yuan/Pool

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Wednesday that killings linked to organized crime fell 14 percent to 4,249 in the first four months of the presidency of Enrique Pena Nieto, who has vowed to quickly reduce the menace posed by drug cartels.

The figure refers to killings from December 2012 through March 2013, and compares to the 4,934 organized crime-related killings during the same period a year earlier, said Interior Minister Miguel Osorio Chong.

"It's still too early to adopt a triumphalist attitude," said Osorio Chong. "The trend is there, but it's still early and it could surprise us and pick up tomorrow, or even fall."

Pena Nieto's predecessor, Felipe Calderon, staked his reputation on bringing the drug gangs to heel, sending in the army to crush them soon after taking office in December 2006.

Homicides initially fell under Calderon too, but later jumped sharply and by the end of his term more than 60,000 people had been killed in drug-related violence.

Pena Nieto has vowed to curb the violence, though he has put the stress on reducing murder, kidnapping and extortion rather than focusing on the drug gangs. He has dismissed any talk of reaching some sort of truce with the cartels, however.

During the final four months of Calderon's term, there were 5,127 homicides linked to organized crime, Osorio Chong said.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Todd Eastham)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (1)
DeanMJackson wrote:
The article reads, “Homicides initially fell under Calderon too, but later jumped sharply and by the end of his term more than 60,000 people had been killed in drug-related violence.”

The decrease in such murders this time around is lasting and will improve due to the sudden recent emergence of armed “vigilantes”. In fact, the popping up on the scene of one such “vigilante” group in a small town south west of Mexico City, 1,500, means a foreign presence is sponsoring the “vigilantes”. Who, you ask? Why the United States of course.

Now you know what the ATF’s so-called “Fast and Furious” program is all about. Not weapons going to Mexican drug gangs (though some weapons ended up in their hands), but going to America’s mercenary army in Mexico. You see, after the upcoming fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government, Mexico City was planning on requesting the “assistance” of “democratic” Chinese troops in combating the “drug gangs” there. America’s Mexican mercenary strategy will make moot any such request and severely damage the “Long-Range Policy” (LRP), the “new” and more subtle strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960 to defeat the West with. The last major disinformation operation under the LRP was the fraudulent collapse of the USSR/East Bloc.

Apr 10, 2013 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.