Mexico’s drug war did not end with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s second arrest. Far from. His arrest is but a dent in what has been Mexico’s decade-long war against the drug cartels. And to show that, the following six things prove there’s a long way to go.
1. The assassination of Gisela Mota happened just a day after she had become mayor of Texmico, Morelos. Although she had said she was going to fight against the drug cartels, the reason for her killing is not clear, but many blame the Los Rojos drug gang. Mota is one of the 100,000 mayors who have been killed in the last 10 years.
2. It’s well-known that corruption runs rampant within the Mexican government. Humberto Moreira, former governor of the state Coahuila, has been accused of such corruption. He was recently arrested in Spain because of money laundering allegations. While he was in office, he was accused of embezzling public funds while the state’s debt rose to 35 billion, 100 times more in six years. He maintains his innocence and was released from jail soon after he was arrested. Like him, there are 15 governors accused of corruption, but not much has been done against them.
3. The homicide rate in Mexico had declined between the years of 2011-2014, but last year, the country saw an incredible increase of 7.6 percent.
4. 27,600 people have “disappeared” in Mexico due to the security forces’ practice of kidnapping and killing any political opponent. That number includes the 43 teachers and college students of the rural town of Ayotzinapa. Little has been done to investigate their disappearance.
5. Mexico is trying to change the criminal justice system to help deal with violence and corruption. The reform set to take place will focus on oral arguments of any given case rather than the current method of written testimony given to a judge who makes a decision behind doors. The new system is supposed to be implemented in the entire country by July 18th.
6. A major problem fueling the crime rate in Mexico is the 70 percent of the firearms used in those crimes come from the United States. However, the guns are purchased legally in gun shows and shops and then smuggled into Mexico.
Read more about what’s going on in Mexico’s drug war from the Huffington Post here.
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