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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Security: Goverment claims don't touch reality

Borderland Beat Translated by Reed Brundage Mexico Voices

As the EPN administration boasts and assures insecurity has been overcome the reality reflects a far different picture, Michoacan and Tamaulipas remain the kidnapping capitals of the nation, and transparency has been thrown into the muddy waters of yesterday.   EPN's ratings have hit an all time low.
Commissioner Castillo insists "Michoacan is under control" but under whose control?

Enrique Peña Nieto’s government insists on celebrating the success of its security operations in Michoacán and Tamaulipas, even though the violence remains present in those states. The head of the Secretariat of Government Relations, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, has asserted that in Michoacán “the insecurity crisis has been overcome“, while for Tamaulipas, he boasted “positive results in the decrease of violence.”

However, the official in charge of domestic policy did not provide any data to confirm his statements. On the contrary, the official figures contradict him: Tamaulipas is the leading state in kidnappings and Michoacán is in second place. Also, both states are among the national top 10 in murders and extort ions.

Early this month, the National Citizen Observatory criticized the federal official for the same reason. The organization exposed him by stating that “the cases of Michoacán and Tamaulipas demonstrate that the statements of the authorities do not correspond with the reality reflected by the officially reported figures.”

Speeches are not actions. The data contradict Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and distance the government even more from the real situation suffered by the people exposed to such violence.

The State of Mexico is the counterpart, and undoubtedly a special case. It is the state that Enrique Peña Nieto governed before taking office as President and, since 2013, it is the most violent and dangerous state in the country. Unlike Michoacán and Tamaulipas, in the State of Mexico there are no jingoistic speeches, only obscurity and silence.

It is therefore easy to imagine that there is nothing to celebrate there. Obscurity in cases such as the alleged mass execution of 22 hit men by members of the Army that remains unexplained. Silence by the authorities who don´t want to make public the magnitude of the problem faced by the State in that part of the country while the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security (SESNSP) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) confirm that, indeed, the State of Mexico is the most violent state in the country. But victory is being declared in two states that, far from improving, remain the same.

What´s happening in that state where no one will say anything, not the Governor, the President, or the head of the Secretariat of Government Relations?

Is the magnitude of the tragedy that immense?

Peña Nieto must stop investing efforts in suggesting a reality that doesn’t match the one experienced by Mexicans, and should admit that things are not going as planned. In that way, the statements of his government at least would have credibility.



  1. Let's get to the nitty gritty of the situation Mexico finds itself in. All the PRIISTAS care about is making money and keeping it. To them money is more important than people. The sooner the people of Mexico realize that, the sooner they can find an alternative to the PRI.

  2. they are ravishing the country, passing federal debt from years of fraudulent management of the nations oil, and now they have passed a bill that converts all that negative balance, to public debt. hey have instructed media, to throttle down the reporting of violence and insecurity. Mexico's president is a liar and a thief. this is not a safe country, the cartels pretty much rule the land, and he's in bed with them.

    1. As long as he doesn't get pregnant.

  3. Do not trust any government they lie to us all the time.

  4. Enough already! Ya basta! Get these clowns out of office!! All they do is tout how much they a

  5. Aqui no pasa nada. I'm traveling to Mexico next week and I'm going to have a good time!
    No sympathy for those that won't stand up for themselves.

  6. The Mexican citizens should be ashamed of themselves for voting all these beggars of bribes into office. I say beggars because when they go in they practically beg their way in and while in office they extort the people and leave the office millionaires from all the thieving and extorting they've done while in office. In Mexico a high political position is a right to extort and steal.

    1. So your solution is not to vote at all?

  7. Why must critics ignore the fact that voting in Mexico is extremely dangerous and so heavily manipulated that the average citizen's will is hardly represented? Corruption such is this has repressed the actual political goals of the earnest people of Mexico. The core of the populace, terrorized and struggling to survive, is not responsible for these powerful political forces and in no way "deserve" their situation.

  8. 5:33 best thing to do is to elect parallel government to make new laws and work on the replacement of the current government ASAP, there are no laws against it, and it would be useful on any elections at any level, as long as they don't start selling out, but begging for the government to change, or expecting anything decent from them is not going to work...

  9. No, in no way did I indicate people should not vote. It is the civic duty of the people to vote. I am simply pointing out that the risks of voting in Mexico are significant and that results due to threats of violence against voters and tampering cause polling to not reflect the will of the people. I have no solution. Mexico desperately needs serious, signicant reform. Dr. Mireles and the true autodefencia seem to be one of the more effectively visible stands by the people against corruption. And again, these are just my observations and in no way a solution or a suggestion of one.

  10. Mexicans can sell their vote and do.
    But my staff says they sold theirs and then voted PAN.
    Voting is not as dismal you describe, if it were PRI would have never lost.
    Its money, choice, sprinkled with corruption.

  11. The government, with its fake ass numbers! Just because its been "printed' doesn't make it the truth, we all know that! More lies, more cover-up...more corrupt officials!

  12. The Pendejos Always win because they control the elections with guns and election fraud . Just like the dead people who win the elections in the U S with the blessing of Eric Holder .


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