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Surge in Violence Shocks Even Weary Mexico November 29, 2006

Posted by tkcollier in Geopolitics, News, Politics.

Surge in Violence Shocks Even Weary Mexico – washingtonpost.com
“We moved very quickly from a government that was too tough to a government that has lost control,”

The PRI was known for negotiating with drug cartels, a practice that often corrupted officials but may have lessened violence.”In the old days there were rules. We’d say, ‘You can’t kill the police. If you kill the police, we’ll send in the army,’ ” said a former high-ranking PRI official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We’d say, ‘You can’t steal 30 Jeep Cherokees a month; you can only steal five.’ ”

Fox has sought to limit corruption and has declared “the mother of all battles” against drugs and jailed several of the country’s most notorious drug lords. But the underworld power struggles that followed have been unspeakably violent, particularly since the arrests in 2001 and 2003 of the leaders of Mexico’s two most powerful drug gangs, the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels.


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