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Saturday, January 15, 2011

507 just 14 Days

Fourteen days into the New Year: 507 executed, among those 3 mayors and 22 minors.

In the first 14 days of 2011, every 40 minutes a person has been killed in the country in incidents related to organized crime, marking the beginning of the most violent year in the current administration.

According to Grupo Reforma's executionmeter, which collects data on drug related deaths across the country, 507 drug related deaths have been recorded, so far, in 2011.

Compared to the same period of 2010, which registered 428 drug warrelated deaths, there has been an 18% increase.

In 2007 and 2008, during the same period, drug related deaths were 112 and 111, respectively.

And, by 2009, that number jumped to 179 homicides.

States with the highest number of executions this year are Chihuahua with 96, Guerrero with 78, Sinaloa with 73, Durango with 52, Nuevo Leon with 41 and Jalisco with 37.

Acapulco suffered the most violent deaths in a single day on January 8, when it reported 25 people executed by organized crime, 14 of them beheaded.

In terms of official operations, last Thursday night 14 people were killed, including two soldiers, in a clash between authorities and gunmen at a drug gang safe house in Xalapa, Veracruz.

Among the victims were three mayors and 22 minors, including two young sisters, aged 8 and 12, who were caught in a crossfire on January 11 in Guadalajara.

Also noted is the tragic death of a 2 month old baby in Guachochi, in the mountains of Chihuahua, who was killed along with his parents on January 13.

Experts agreed yesterday that, despite government efforts, the number of executions will not decrease this year.

For Martin Barron, researcher and professor at the National Institute of Penal Sciences, impunity is an element that contributes significantly to the increase in killings because most of the killings are never investigated and, therefore, offenders are never punished.

"What the state authorities have done is say: 'I'm not getting involved because it was an execution, because they were guns, rifles, etc., it's not my responsibility, it's the responsibility of the federal authorities because it is drug trafficking, " said Barron.

"So, that's how the State evades its responsibility, "he said, "because we must remember that the murders are crimes of common law.

"The issue is stalled, in limbo, it has yet to be resolved. "

Carlos Humberto Toledo, an expert on national security issues, felt the positive results that the federal government says it's making in it's anti-drug fight, have, in reality, never been verified.

"Organized crime has not been weakened. On the contrary, it is active, operative, strong, and fighting tooth and nail for their territory, " said Toledo.


  1. But Calderon said we were winning the war? Stupid Calderon and his stupid war, just like Nixon's war on drugs. Which has cost the US 600 billion dollars!

  2. at that rate ...36.2 a day times 365...13,218.2..for the year....hmmm...

  3. Those are bad guys dead, you ARE winning the war...

  4. If anything organized crime in general is getting stronger in Mexico.

    Some of the bigger fish such as La Familia and the Juarez cartel have been fractured to a degree but this only leads to smaller independent cells without a command structure that further leads to more violence. This has been the clear case in Ciudad Juarez were the Juarez cartel and it's armed wing La Linea have been severely weakened at the organization level.

    However, all the members of said criminal organizations still remain and they aren't going to go back to being choir boys so they start their own smaller even more violent criminal enterprises.

    The root reason for the violence in Mexico is the vast inequality as it has always been.

  5. Damn thats alot of work,

    I see this being a topic of discussion in the upcoming elections. May be even lead to a US intervention.

    how much do you think this is affecting the immigration issue?

    I'm gonna start trying to find more wiki leaks to see what else the US is doing down there. there has to be a pretty big number of US citizens included in their over all drug war death numbers. And what about that thing, what he call it .

    executionometer. if thats not a fuqed I dont know what is.


  6. teenage kidnapper using face book to lure in his victims

    everybody gets a piece of the pie in Mexico..or they are a piece of the pie

  7. What needs to happen for all of this to stop? Everyone likes to blame everyone else, but come on, I want to hear realistic answers to what can fix this horrible situation.

  8. Don't believe the numbers! Ever wonder how we went to 35889 overnight then back to 34,675 from the previous week of 30,500 and 31,500?

    It is Mexican math. Numbers are crunched, I read one city had only 10 related to DTOs..but even the news reports were much higher more in the hundreds, and international firm investigating says the other deaths become "natural or accidental"

    It has to be in the 100s thousands

  9. WHich country has the highest murder rate? If you say Messico you would be incorrect...
    Guatemala is the answer also having one of the highest in the world. We always here of Messico but like everything else no one concentrates on the critical issues of CA. It is so unstable and logistically important, and that is why Zetas want to control Guatemala City.

    Guatemala asl has one of the lowest conviction rate in the world. 2%

  10. @Buela,

    You are most definitely correct in saying there are NEVER accurate numbers in Mexico. (and you know as well as I, it's not just in DTO deaths either, it's general)

    It is difficult to get numbers in DTO deaths. The municipals don't want to share numbers with the state, the State doesn't want to inform the Federal government, etc, etc.

    Then of course, there are still all those "uncalculated" numbers: the bodies that have not been found yet, the missing that have not been reported, the list goes on and on.

    In general, though, I have found, Grupo Reforma's "executionmeter" to at least keeps decent count of what has been reported as DTO deaths.

  11. And these are the statistics of REPORTED would be okay if they killed each other, and the damn drug users, all those coke heads, unfortunately, innocent people have perished.


  12. They are just keeping control of their population Bill Gates, ought to be happy with that .

  13. Real tough guys they kill unarmed citizens,teens,women and children, trained soldiers my ass they have lost every battle in arizona when confronted by various militias,and lost tons of dope

  14. These Zetas are not Soldiers, not Partisans, and not Militia. Under the Law of Land Warfare and the Geneva and Hague Conventions, they are Brigands,Terrorists, and Marauders, The following communication from the Pima County
    Arizona Citizens Militia group took place around the
    same time frame and may bear out the Zetas
    commander’s claims:

    0545 hours MST - 13 Jul 2010 - approx. 7 miles west of Ruby, AZ - six enemy, in uniform, carrying AK and SKS rifles - enemy were engaged by ACM forces as they tried to cross the international fence - two enemy KIA confirmed, unknown number of enemy WIA, no friendly casualties…

  15. Mexico police nab founding member of brutal ZetasAP – 17 mins ago MEXICO CITY - Mexico's federal police say they have arrested a founding member of the brutal Zetas drug cartel.


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