Saturday, 3 March 2012

Gang violence continues to escalate in Mexico

Gang violence continues to escalate in Mexico ever since President Felipe Calderon in 2006 declared he would ‘wipe out’ gang activities in his country.

Over the past five years more than 40,000 murders have been registered throughout Mexico and violence and death tolls continue to rise.

Yet once again drug gangs show they are still ‘in charge’ in Mexico and aren’t intimidated by Calderon’s plight as authorities discovered seven human heads Wednesday morning in a busy street in the city of Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico.

Images like this one are now an almost daily occurrence throughout Mexico. Photo Credit: Photo News

The heads were accompanied by small notes that issued threats and warnings, not against citizens, as is normally done by gangs, but against a dignitary of the police force.

The city of Santiago Papasquiaro has seen a major increase in violence and gang retaliations recently. Shootouts between rival gangs and gangs and the military or police force, has become almost a daily event.

Drugs play a major part in gangs looking to increase their ‘sales territory’ as well as claim export routes into the United States, a major liquidator of Mexican cultivated drugs.

Durango, together with the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua form what’s known as the ‘golden triangle’ of Marihuana growth.


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