Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Calderon Defends Drug War as Violence Grows

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 |

By Jonathan J. Levin
Bloomberg

In this image taken from the television, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon speaks to the nation during a televised message in Mexico City, Tuesday June 15, 2010. Calderon asked Mexicans to support his fight against organized crime as escalating bloodshed puts June in line to become the deadliest month yet in Mexico's drug war.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon defended his drug war strategy and pledged to rout narcotics gangs and organized crime as violence reached one of the highest levels in his four-year-old administration.

“It’s a fight that’s worth waging, because our future is at risk,” Calderon said late today, in a “Message to the Nation” broadcast on television stations. “It’s a fight that together the Mexicans are going to win.”

Calderon spoke after soldiers earlier today battled armed gangs in the southwestern part of Mexico, killing as many as 15 people near the tourist city of Taxco, the Guerrero state attorney general said.

Violence tied to the illegal drug trade led on June 11 to the highest one-day death toll under the Calderon administration, leaving 85 people dead, according to Mexico City newspaper El Universal, which uses its own tally. More than 22,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Calderon took office in 2006.

Sunday, Mexican gunmen killed 10 police officers in southwestern Michoacan state and 28 prisoners were killed in a jail in Sinaloa state.

Calderon said the nation will fight organized crime by strengthening institutions, increasing police training, developing more efficient laws and strengthening the “social fabric” of the country with education.

Mexican Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero announced restrictions today on cash deposits made in U.S. dollars. He said the measures will hurt drug traffickers by “closing the route for dollars coming from illicit sources.”

Mexicans with accounts at a given bank will be able to deposit as much as $4,000 in cash per month at that bank, and Mexicans without accounts will be able to deposit up to $300 a day and $1,500 a month, Cordero said.

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8 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

what if it's a cartel-owned bank? Same new restrictions apply?

Anonymous said...

SMART move. IF border inspection is GREATLY beefed up on both sides.SHOULD have been done a LONG time ago.

Anonymous said...

God bless Calderon I hope that Mexico will stand by him , remember Columbia in late 80's . Mexico is a beautiful country with many,many fine honest good people but all we see is absolute Mayhem because for the last fifty years crime in Mexico has been a tolerated way of life hard to change overnight.

Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB Mr. President!!! You've got my support!!! I just wish you would have been around sooner. Its not too late though. Mexico still has a chance at surviving as long as there are leaders like you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Calderon is working for Chapo, I doubt any of the banking regulations will affect his money.

Anonymous said...

CALDERON's bathing in NARCOmoney. he loves whats happening. He lets every single human right become violated in Mexico. then cries like a little bitch, when the US stands up for itself. How many people have died since that shithead became president? so whens it going to get better?

Anonymous said...

What Mexico needs is jobs with good wages You need to invest in the people. These young boys join the cartels to make money to just simply survive. If they are not joining the cartels they are crossing into the US. Take care of your people. Because all that is happening is a bloodbath of innocent children. If you need help to get rid of the cartels ASK

Anonymous said...

I agree. Raise wages...especially for the cops!! Good Luck Sr. Calderon. Ask your northern neighbors for more help!

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