Thursday, February 7, 2013
Drug war tally at day 70 of new Peña Nieto administration is 2,097, says Milenio, with slight improvement in January
Just after midnight, Mexico's Milenio network reported drug war statistics for president Enrique Peña Nieto's first 70 days in office: a total of 2,097 homicides, or an average of about 30 a day.
The network said in January there were 957 narco executions nationwide, down exactly a dozen from December 2012 (Narco violence stats after first month of PRI administration not encouraging: 982 executions, 32 a day).
Ten of the January victims were police officers. Numerous Jalisco police officers were the targets of narco squad and organized crime hits in late December and January (stories below).
On Tuesday, nine Guerrero police officers were killed in a single attack in a community northeast of Acapulco. Gunmen ambush police patrol in war torn Guerrero state, leaving nine officers dead.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, and in the five months between his July 1 victory and his Dec. 1 swearing in, Peña Nieto and his team promised a dramatic reduction in violence during the first 100 days of the incoming PRI administration, including a reduction in drug war executions by up to 50%. That proposal has proven overly optimistic. Thirty days remain in the president's self-imposed window.
Feb. 10 - Mexico issues January drug war stats and death toll
Jan. 7 - Peña Nieto: no option but to follow Calderón strategy
Jan. 26 - Executions soar in Mexico's heart, as new PRI government is half-way in first 100 days
Feb. 1 - HRW's condemnation of Mexican drug war reveals how little it understands conflict
Feb. 6 - Two lynched in Edomex, as Mexicans resort to self-help
Attacks against police
Jan. 30 - All the familiar weapons used in latest assassination of Jalisco police chief
Jan. 8 - More attacks on Jalisco police
Dec. 25 - Death toll in Jalisco-Michoacán violence rises to 28, including 14 police officers
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