Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican Front-Runner Vows Swift Drop in Drug Violence

Monday, April 2, 2012 |

Enrique Pena Nieto (Reuters)

Simon Gardner for Reuters
Mexico's presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto said if he wins the July 1 election he would aim for a rapid reduction in drug war violence that has claimed 50,000 lives since late 2006.

Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has a big lead in opinion polls heading into the election, which will take place with a backdrop of years of bloodshed between drug gangs and security forces.

"People need security, and that means getting tangible results in the very short and medium term," Pena Nieto told Reuters on the sidelines of an event in downtown Mexico City on Monday. "It's clear that society can't wait much longer."

Pena Nieto is bidding to succeed President Felipe Calderon of the conservative National Action Party. Calderon sent the Mexican army to crush drug cartels shortly after taking office in late 2006 and his presidency has been dominated by his push to crack down on the brutal narcotics gangs.

Voters are expressing hope that the next president will curb the wave of brutality stemming from the narcotics trade. Pena Nieto has proposed offering tax breaks for Ciudad Juarez, the worst hit city on the violence-plagued U.S. border, as a pilot project to encourage local investment and create jobs. Spending on public security efforts must also rise, he has said.

He pledged on Sunday to give tax incentives to revive economic life in Ciudad Juarez that has been depressed by drug violence, and said on Monday he could consider bringing the tax incentives to other afflicted areas.

The border cities are a transit point for illegal drugs, a trade that has hammered local economies as violence has surged.

"First, I would do a pilot project in Ciudad Juarez ... and then see what results it brings," Pena Nieto said of the city with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

He has not elaborated on the tax incentive plan.

Polls show him with a big lead over ruling party candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota three months before the election.


INVESTORS RATTLED, TOURISTS SCARED
The deaths of tens of thousands of people in the turf wars between gangs and clashes with Mexican authorities have rattled investors and scared off tourists. About 30,000 people have been killed in the past two years alone.

In Washington on Monday, Calderon told President Barack Obama that drug violence would continue unabated in his country unless the flow of American guns is curbed, while Obama promised closer cooperation with Mexico in fighting the narcotics trade.
Pena Nieto, 45, has pledged to take the army off the streets and open police academies to boost professionalism of security forces often seen as corrupt and inefficient. He also has pledged to unify state and municipal police under a single command, and create new national divisions against kidnapping and extortion.

He also has said Mexico's security budget is too small as a proportion of gross domestic product. Analysts say Mexico is among the lowest spenders proportionally on security in Latin America, falling well behind the likes of Colombia, which Pena Nieto said spends around 5 percent of GDP on security.

 
"How high we raise investment (on security) will depend on the results we see," Pena Nieto said. "We cannot continue to allow that Mexico only be talked of in the world as an unsafe place steeped in violence, death and headless bodies."

Many Mexicans expect little rapid change, whoever wins, and some are skeptical Pena Nieto will make major progress.

"Politicians always promise change, then don't deliver," said nutritionist Hector Avila, 31, as he watched a traditional Aztec dance troupe in feather headdresses and loin cloths and colorful tunics in the shade of Mexico City's central cathedral.

"(If Pena Nieto wins), he needs to deliver on cutting down the violence. There are too many murders," he added. "We need to find a new model to control the drug issue."

Some express confidence that Pena Nieto will manage.

Dressed in a T-shirt emblazoned with his face and holding aloft a banner that reads "Pena Nieto's Fan Club," 61-year-old Blanca Estela Rojas cheered as the PRI hopeful arrived at a Mexico City hotel in a closely protected convoy of SUVs.

"He says he will make the security forces more professional. Our country is caught in an unprecedented bloodbath," she said. "Enrique, the people love you, but your country needs you."
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Anonymous said...

As horrible as it may sound, I doubt he will even be alive by then.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will change. Presidents are just that and can't change the mindset of criminals. People on both sides of the border will continue to use drugs and the cycle will continue unfortunately. Even if every drug lord know to us in Mexico was caught or killed the drugs would continue to flow north and the blood money south. There are way too many groups now dedicated to drug smuggling. And the legalize and tax argument would dump tons of illegal tax free drugs into your community since most drug users don't care where their drugs come from and it would give cartels a green light to distribute narcotics.

Saludos...

Anonymous said...

"We need to find a new model to control the drug issue."

No.No.

We need to find a new model to "contain" the drug issue.

Yes.Yes.

The USA needs to do the same.

Anonymous said...

wrong for Mexico,wrong for America everybody Knows that he is the new Mexican President since 5 years ago even before he was thinking for the presidency all is this just What we call it! un dedazo!!!and if the Zetas stop all of their crimes this is a clear indication that this Guy is with or works for them as always has been said all this time.

Anonymous said...

Is this guy the Zeta candidate or the Sinaloa candidate? I always get them mixed up!

Anonymous said...

He is betting on image got TELEVISA AND TV AZTECA on his pocket, a telenovela wife (cause u know he's gayer than Tom Criuse) polls? Lets put it this way, like the Fox channel polls not reliable for shit. He's. A puppet for the old PRI. He's. Using the same platform Medina used in NUEVO LEON pure bullshit promises of security.remember when Medina's faggot ass said I will give my life for NUEVO LEON, And his punk ass lives in Texas.fucking joto. His metrosexual look helped him win, and Pena nieto promised him to bring him into cabinet.

Anonymous said...

I hope he has the courage to change course,
Nixons war on Pharmaceuticals is too high a cost. If the U.S. insists on fighting a weed, then let them do it within their borders and quit exporting death in the form of prohibition.

Anonymous said...

Hes the guy Carlos Salinas and many of the older polititians who robbed Mexico of billions are backing. his uncle was arrested in Italy at the top of this super expenzive hotel with prostitutes.. Thats just a little insight kf how the old pri will make use of mexicos money again. And pri is more of a mixed party PAN has always allied with sinaloa while pri will go all sides so chapo might be at a disadvantage to the zetas. This guy is the next narcopresident

Anonymous said...

HOPE and CHANGE,sound familiar, this guy is a Politiconarc, Maby he has a deal with Narcos for them to stop killing each other? Who knows. In any case this is pure political B S as usual and OF COURSE the PRI canidate WILL claim he can calm the water,once he gets elected,just like OBAMA, he is ELECTED so what happens then SO WHAT! Especially in Mexico because he gets only one term! Hell The USA elected a affirmative action progressive ,so what can you expect from Mexico? Popular universal voting will elect a cheerleader, and eventually collapse the economy,because of vote bribrey via increases in social programs, So Hang on!!

Anonymous said...

What a joke! The worst part about it is the selective amnesia of the Mexican people. I guess they don't mind cooperation with drug traffickers as long as the get their 2 kilos of free tortillas, free t-shirts, and empty promises. Mexico deserves everything it gets and has coming to them.

Anonymous said...

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First of all, WHO is funding his campaign?, does he have connections to ANY criminal elements in Mexico?

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Secondly, how can any leader do anything about the Mexican Holocaust when Those Who the new President of Mexico will be 'depending on' have close ties to mafias and drug cartels?

Perhaps God can see everything but no President knows for certain if His Servants are as LOYAL and dedicated as they should be as servants of the legitimate system of government...

... and we know that criminal elements HAVE INFILTRATED what ought to be the Legitimate Governing Bodies of the dearly beloved by ordinary citizens 'of Mexico'.

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Let us hope that the new President finds a way to stop the entry of guns into Mexico and hope that the guns that are already in the hands of those with criminal intent Can Be Confiscated and DESTROYED.

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as fixing Mexico. The only people saying there is just haven't been beheaded yet.

"lito"brito said...

i think he is the zetas candidate..Monterrey DOES seem safer than last year..the Fuerzas Civils are all over the place..and i guess they were Medina's idea..

they even have one guy looking forward and one guy watching the rear as they patrol...AND they don't turn their lights on until they pull someone over..i seen them pull a car over the other day..they all bailed out ..surrounded the car ..while two guys did the lookout..and another directed traffic..they SEEM a lot more profesional..and for whatever reason ..the crime rate is down,,,it is almost back to the most dangerous thing in Monterrey is the busse

whether it is because of the police or cartels unidos contra los zetas ..who knows...seems like less fear all around though..menos Z= menos mieda

"lito"brito said...

and i got to say Josefina V Mota ..mi vota para mas mota..jajajajaa

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else getting spam from Pena Nieto's campaign? Since the start a few days ago I have been getting spam from this ah campaign people.

I WONDER HOW THEY GOT MY EMAIL ADDRESS? I certainly did not give it to them. Apparently in Mexico there is no such thing as UNSUBSCRIBE.

jimmy

Chivis said...

Puro Zeta

BTW...He is of the op not to use military to combat cartels. He will remove the elements from the cities. So when you say nothing will change..I think it will. change does not always mean for the better.

@Brito; me too, but she has slipped. not much time left but 15 pts is doable. SHe cannot slip further. PRD and PAN should have made that alliance. We can thank PED for that one going south.

Anonymous said...

Not only in Nuevo Leon, but also in Tamaulipas. Remember when Texano singer Bobby Pulido was backing Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba campaing, and when he won and became Tamaulipas governor Bobby Pulido became his lover, then Bobby Pulido on a press conference in Mexico admited that he did not know he was gay until he met Yarrington Ruvalcaba. Damn fags. And with Peña Nieto is going to be the same shit. El 40 will get La Gaviota, and Lazcano will get Peña Nieto.

Anonymous said...

This is chapos candidate. Chapo has always been under protection of p.r.i. this will realy help the zeta clean out.

Anonymous said...

Once Again; more "Empty Promises" from the Corrupt Polititions" that have run Mexico for the past 100 years. I'll say it again: what mexico needs is a Company such as "Executive Outcome" "KBR" or "Blackwaterusa"..! Being hired
by the duly elected and put on contract. I was in Sierra Leone in the early 1990's when Ecomog
and the U.N. were shaking in their boots because
they could gain absolutely no ground against the
RUF Guerrilla Army who was being armed by Liberia's Dictator and "Blood Diamonds" and had the populace petrified to even leave their homes
at night. "Executive Outcome" was hired by the Local Elected officials as well as the Central Government and had the guerrilla's begging for
the beating they were getting by these mercenaries to cease and desist..!! These were the same gueriillas that for the past three years were cutting off the hands of locals so they couldn't vote, raping the women for days until they too died and murdering children. I'm sure this sounds familiar (Mexico). Yes; these mercanaries got paid in "Blood Diamonds" but they did not murder the populace; if anything they stopped the murders. Like any (neccesarry
evil) these mercenaries were "Killers" but they were not cold blooded murderers like Zeta's and LaFamiala,CDG, Beltran Leyva's and AFO's. You and I know you don't go to a "Gun" fight with a
"Swiss Army" knife. Mexico has tried almost everything from the municipal police to the state police to the Federal Police and now the Army and Marines and every single faction has proved corrupt. I guess it's time to spend some of the illegal "Green Backs" that flows so easy into Mexico on something that WORKS! MERCENARIES!!

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine how Mexico's elections are rigged. We here have the retard Black Panthers show up with bats in order to fear old ladies into voting for Obama. Your retards have guns. Hey, I thought guns were illegal in Mexico? Oh yah. It is for those who obey the law.

Anonymous said...

It will be very difficult for change in Mexico as long as the diabolical demand for drugs continues in the USA. As for violence, according to the CDCs website, there are more violent deaths in the USA per year than in Mexico in several years put together.

Anonymous said...

The only thing I see as a differene between the people in the election is how aggressive they will be in fighting the cartels. Sadly it looks like the population of Mexico is wanting to just pretend like this problem isn't there, and not use government resources to combat the problem. Pretty sad.

Anonymous said...

April 3, 2012 11:34 AM .
I beg to differ with dude.But without the white vote,Obama,would not have made it into office.
This goes to show that most"white people"were not thinking along racial lines,but rather a change in direction.Who do you vote for amongst these clowns?Not the best man for the job,the man with the most likelihood of winning.That's all that matters.2012,is there no better way?In this time of global internet communications,of course we could definitely take a bigger step to real democracy.Let the majority go into designated offices to vote on big issues?No,that takes the power away from our elected representatives,they have to vote for all of us,we can't do it for ourselves.We are the lumpen proletariat,the sheep.Mexico is in dire shape,having this guy as the hope of a nation.I,m sure he can drop the violence,but it's back to the way,old Mexico knows.Where is the progress?

Anonymous said...

Your sarcasm just sounds stupid. 3:52 might sound funny but in N.L. we know how the cookie crumbles.

Anonymous said...

I approve this tactic. Now where do I sign? La Revolucion hijos de perra ke empieze. Line up adirty politico and a narco one bullet to the cabeza should cure them of their diseases :corruption. And greed.

Anonymous said...

"It will be very difficult for change in Mexico as long as the diabolical demand for drugs continues in the USA"
Thats what i said to Moses and his son El Mini Dick.But he doesn't care.He wants to feed the disgusting demand for drugs in the US,with his puro home grown.Its all a diabollocks plan by Moses to ensnare the people of the US.Can you help us in our time of need,maybe with your super intellect we could be a better country?By the way,do you cut raw?

Anonymous said...

Slogans ,cleches, worn out promises, here we go, same as in the USA, What are the details of this brave new plan, there are none!! IMAGINE THAT!!Smile for the photo OP.

Anonymous said...

April 3, 2012 12:54 PM ,
Is that you again ?
Are you Peña Nieto's afterbirth ?

Anonymous said...

Its really funny to hear him say that. He's going to follow his papi Salinas de Gortari model, that is take cartel money, splint the country into terretories, and order killings of those opposed to the plan! As for a unified command he's suggesting, isn't that what Calderon has been asking for the last six years? Oh, that's the plan the PRI has been opposed too for the last six fucken years!!!! Pena Nieto is a crook! He needs to be a responsible father first and recognize his son in the U.S.A!!!!! The child is there because he sent him there so it would hurt his political career. What kind of idiots will vote for him? Yes, idiots because all the people who will vote for him see a star, movie star, made by televisa and Salinas de Gortari! Another murderer that had Clouthier, Villasenior, and Collosio taken out because Salinas saw them as threats to his future dealings with the Cartels. Why, because he is the real godfather of the drug cartels and Pena Nieto, if elected will only be doing what Salinas will tell him to do. Salinas will be the real power behind Pena Nieto's presidency!!!!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME THAT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT HIS IN IT WITH THE MAFIA AND SALINAS DE GORTARI.

Anonymous said...

"Pena Nieto, 45, has pledged to take the army off the streets"

I wouldnt vote for this clown, how you going to take the army off the street, right now where im from fkn zetas scatter like roaches when they see the army coming, if you take army off the street then rataz are going to take full control of this country and do whatever they want.

Anonymous said...

It will be nice to see the political system shift back from the federal control to the state control and distribute the wealth more evenly. This was the way Mexico's constitution was written and the way it is suppose to be. That is why their is so much hate directed at Calderon. He is a very evil man that has terrorized his nation for 6 years by trying to centralize government a reap huge profits for the cartel he supports. He will go down in history as another president that should be tried for war crimes. Just wait, the PAN politicians will be the ones with the cartel associations that get busted left and right. Do you remember all the PRI mayors arrested on the PAN allegations that were held in jail for 9 months then released due to lack of evidence? Can you imagine that happening in the US? Something very bad will happen to Calderon. Mark my words. I will bet $100 to a donut he dies somewhere like the French Rivera in a very ugly way. And God will smile because God knows he deserves it.

Anonymous said...

Another Corrupt Pig! This guy is so fake!!!

Anonymous said...

...the PRI and the cartels will be in bed.

Anonymous said...

He probably works for CDS lol

Anonymous said...

@9:19 pm
You are way out of touch. The military on the streets is what has kept the cartels from gaining full control of the country. Cartels have municipal and state cops on their payroll. Criminals only fear soldiers in mexico and that's a fact. Most of the liberal bullshit you hear about so many deaths and the Mexican war on cartels are arguments that attempt to put pressure on the government to take the military off the streets. Most of these deaths are the casualties of the criminals themselves and the other small percentage are innocent civilians killed by criminals. I know exactly what's going on down there as I own a business in Colima, Colima and travel there extensively.

Anonymous said...

Well don't imagine they will do it the sameway bush did it. Bogus polls, voter intimidation, counting machines rigged, fear tactics, missing voters on lists etcetc. Where the moneyis coming from? Plazas that PRI sold to narcos not only to one side so they knew it would turn into a bloodbath, then blame THE PAN for it. Evil mofos get the money and make the put the blame on calderon. Nieto has been bred bby the most evil PRI old heads.PAN ain't free of corruption but I rather vote for them. No matter who wins the consumption. And selling wont stop. Usa needs Mexico and viceversa. Can u imagine if the drug flow stops BOTH countries would suffer. To the dumbcacaheads that want a wall, makes no sense.Mexico woul just stop the flow of oil to the usa and sellit to china who would payback with American debt. We need eachother.Neither wants the violence buy it takes to tango. How does 10$ a gallon sound to u? Violence ix Mexicans problem consumption is usa problem agreed so shut the fuk up before u get liw quality drugs from chinos.

Anonymous said...

PAN favors chapo it all started when sinaloa pretty much paid for president fox campaign and became Aquaintances.. Most of zeta territory is PRI as well as other cartels also its a more by far corrupt party and from what webe seen is a PAN that has attacked the Juarez cartel, Tijuana, leyba, and zetas savagely to help sinaloa expand

Anonymous said...

MATENLO!!! MATENLO!!! KILL HIM BEFORE EVERYTHING COMES CLASHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Put the crack pipe down boy. Weak ass argument. Yeah everything was nice and dandy when pri ran shit jiji.war crimes? Like echeverria, lopes portillo? Here we go with the scare tactics. He's an evil man he eats babies jaja no mames mejor succiona. Go Calderon keep sending this greedy fucks al infierno. I woul reelect the man if it was possible. Give me the satisfaction of seeing this narcoratas full of lead. They are traitors to the patria and its job de la MARINA to bless them with lead. The most corrupt governors are pri we all know. That who the fuck thinks run all the northern border states. CACAHEAD!!! NOW GO GET U R KILO DE TORTILLA AND U R SALINAS/NIETO T SHIRT. CAUSE THATS THE PRICE PRI PAYS FOR YOU TO SELL THE CONSTITUCION.

Anonymous said...

April 4, 2012 11:04 PM .
I agree hermano,at least Calderon tried,at least he did that.Now it is back to the old way,with no progress at all,and the same shit going on for another 100 years.When is it time to grow up?When is it time to say we cannot run our country like this.When are jobs and infrastructure going to be out into place,when are these jotos going to help their country to become a more prosperous and safer place to live for the good people?

tapatio said...

so if he takes the militaty out of the streets guess what will happen? we will have more deserters joining the cartels and that wil be even a bigger problem

Orestes said...

If the PRI guy is the front runner by a large margin, there is absolutely NO HOPE for Mexico! It will be 6 years of more of the same wit increasing levels of violence. He has no credible program to ameliorate the hopeless economics, jobs, and especially the drug trade and concomitant violence.

Anonymous said...

Ey Orestes.
Have you read the Oresteian Trilogy by Sophocles?
Its excellent,a real Greek tragedy.Its a classic from antiquity.I love them.

Anonymous said...

PENA NIETO IS A EVIL MAN IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT THERE WILL BE MORE KILLINGS TO GET RID OF THE CONTRAS AND CARTEL JUAREZ WILL GAIN POWER WITH HELP PENA NIETO.

Anonymous said...

STINKS BIG RATT.

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