miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2013
Over 16,800 reported murdered in Mexico since December 2012
Authorities in Mexico put at over 16,800 the number of murders committed so far in the country since Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) became President on 1 December 2012, El Informador reported on 2 December, citing official sources and press reports. Monthly murder figures from December 2012 to the end of October 2013 added up to 16,854 murders; the newspaper gave a different total, it was not immediately clear why. The figures were compiled by the National Public Security System (SNSP) secretariat, part of the interior ministry, and apparently confirmed a slight decline in homicide numbers from the worst years of the previous presidency, namely 2010 and 2011 when over 20,000 were killed each year in incidents mostly related to drugs and cartels. The PRI government, elected in July 2012, promised to reduce violence and use better intelligence and coordination among Government agencies to reduce violent deaths. The most mortiferous months cited for the latest period were April 2013 with 1,651 murders, May with 1,618 and March with 1,609. The SNSP also reported that 177,497 violent robberies were reported in the period cited to the end of October 2013, and 382,993 thefts without violence; the figures excluded all unreported crimes. A joint report, perhaps the same, issued by ministries and the armed forces stated that 109,220 kilograms of a range of drugs were confiscated in this period.