Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
During the first month of the year, Morelos registered 44 violent murders, mostly related to the settling of scores and many blamed on criminal groups, including the murder of the mayor of Temixco, Gisela Mota Ocampo.
With everything and the imposition of the Mando Único (Unified Command), the executions were concentrated in 12 municipalities. The victims included five women, three minors, and a policeman.
Cuernavaca registered 11 murders, Cuautla and Temixco registered five each; followed by Yautepec and Xochitepec with four, Amacuzac and Puente de Ixtla with two, as well as Miacatlán, Temoac, Tepalcingo, Ciudad Ayala and Coatlán del Río.
The most notable case was that of the PRD mayor of Temixco, Gisela Mota Ocampo, who was assassinated inside of her home in front of her family, 16 hours after taking office.
In Puente de Ixtla, located in the south of the state, an armed commando executed a policeman outside of his home.
In the neighborhood Satélite in Cuernavaca, armed individuals intercepted a family riding in a luxury car and shot them over 20 times, leaving three people dead, including two minors.
Also in the capital of the state, two butchers were killed inside their businesses in the town of Ocotepec, while in the neighborhood Sacatierra, a shootout was reported which left one person dead.
In January 2015 alone, there were only 22 homicides in Morelos.
Meanwhile, reports of arbitrary arrests and torture by members of the Mando Único continue to increase, with the complicity of the authorities.
Allegations of torture and arbitrary arrests by members of the Mando Único have multiplied, making it the most notorious corporation for the violation of human rights against civilians, while insecurity, killings, kidnappings, and violence in general are increasing.