MEXICO CITY, Sep 21 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The efforts of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reduce the high levels of violence that Mexico suffers, including the creation of a new National Guard, do not seem to be yielding the expected results for now since the country chained in August three consecutive months with more than 3,000 homicides and feminicides.
According to data published this Friday by the National Public Security System, in August 3,054 murders were counted – 2,966 homicides and 89 femicides – a figure that equals that recorded in July and is somewhat lower than the 3,074 victims of June, the most violent month for now of the year.
In total, in the first eight months of 2019, 23,724 people have been killed in Mexico, 3.5 percent more than in the same period of 2018, when 22,891 homicides and murders were counted.
Guanajuato, Baja California, Jalisco, Chihuahua, Mexico City,
Michoacán and Veracruz are the states with the most violent deaths as a result of the territorial dispute of the criminal gangs that operate in them.
In addition, according to data made public by the Government, reports of kidnapping have increased by 9 percent, with 937 cases being investigated, compared to 860 registered until August 2018. In total, there have been 1,145 victims of kidnapping up to August.
Thus, the Secretary of Public Safety and Protection, Alfonso Durazo Montaño, has ensured that the National Guard deployment strategy, which began its activity last June, will be permanent, while defending that it is different from the strategies adopted by previous governments.
Durazo explained that what the Government of López Obrador seeks with the “permanent deployment” of the National Guard is “a sustained response to the problem of insecurity in all regions of the country.” Therefore, according to the newspaper 'El Universal', has ruled out modifying the strategy in states such as Guanajuato, Michoacán, Jalisco or Veracruz, considered the most violent.
The Secretary of Security has acknowledged that we will have to “make a greater effort there and we are there.” “We will end up controlling the number of homicides in those states, as we have been doing consistently in cities such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez,” he said, although he admitted that they “still have problems and we cannot sing victory , but efforts are working. ”
In this sense, Durazo has explained that to the doctor who advances the recruitment and training of the new members of the National Guard, they will be deployed throughout the country “in coordination with local authorities” and with the states.
On the other hand, at least four people have been killed this Friday at a bar in Uruapán, in the state of Michoacán. According to local media, a group of armed men arrived at the establishment around 9:00 p.m. and opened fire on those present.