Veracruz now an armed camp; prosecutors confirm that drug turf war led to massacre
Veracruz this Friday morning is an armed camp. A thousand or more soldiers are patrolling the city where the 11th Mexican National Conference of Judicial Officers and Prosecutors is meeting in a downtown hotel, not far from Tuesday's mass dumping of bodies. Authorities say that the latest outbreak of violence is the result of fierce competition between competing cartels for control of all drug sales within the city. A government official, addressing the Conference, said that "the illicit drug activity here poisons society, and is the primary cause of the violence we are seeing." A nice political sound bite to be sure, but it tells us absolutely nothing about what authorities plan to do.