Drug-related violence keeps rising
Amidst the so called war on drug cartels and organized crime, a new grim episode took place on May 13th, 2012, when the bodies of 49 people were found alongside a road in Cadereyta Jiménez, in the northern state of Nuevo León (near Monterrey), less than 300 kilometres away from the border with the United States of America.
The bodies were contained in black plastic bags, they were decapitated and otherwise mutilated as the hands were cut-off to prevent fingerprint identification.
According the first official statements, a note was also found with the bodies, in which the Zetas cartel supposedly claimed responsibility for the massacre.
AFP reports the find came just days after police discovered the dismembered, decapitated bodies of 18 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico, in what appeared to be a revenge killing involving powerful drug gangs.
The government itself has issued a statement blaming the drug cartels for “unleashing inhuman and inadmissible episodes of irrational violence in their criminal dispute”, hoping to attribute the massacre to a turf war among criminals and not assuming full responsibility for the apparent failure of the current administration’s in public security matters.
More than 50,000 people have been murdered in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderón launched his all-out war against drug cartels in December 2006. His presidency, however, will come to an end this fall and a new President will take office. The 4 candidates to succeed President Calderón have all said they would work to end the violence, but none of them has offered any concrete plans on how to do it, not yet.
In this absurd war, Mexico keeps providing the corpses while the United States of America supplies the weapons (which are illegally brought to the country through the American borders) and the millions of drug users and addicts living in their territory.
This situation is utterly unacceptable and has to stop.
May 14th, 2012.