Dramatic start of the year in Mexico

22.01.2018 – Izabela Niedziałek

During first days of 2018, the Mexican police registered over 40 cases of murder in different parts of the country. One of the most dangerous region is, among others, state of Guerrero, where a well-known touristic city of Acapulco is located. In this state over 600 people, citizens of the town of San Felipe del Ocote, decided to run away from their family homes. Persisting violence and extremely high crime rate caused by illegal drug trade were the reasons of their escape.

The police recorded cases of homicide also in the state of Veracruz, Baja California and Chihuahua. But the violence appeared as well in Cancun, one of the most important tourist destination in the country, where three persons died and seven were injured during the bar shooting. Local authorities have promised to foster security and stability in that regions.

As a consequence to the last events, the U.S. State Department published a travel warning announcement, in which five of Mexico’s 32 states have received “do not travel” label. These states are:  Tamapulipas , Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero. Thereby this regions are equally dangerous to travel to as Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. They are consider extremely dangerous due to the drug cartels activity and drug trafficking route which goes through this states.

It is well-known fact that, the organised crime groups are responsible for the high violence rate in Mexico. The number of homicide victims recorded in October last year was almost 2400. On the other hand, the intensity of crime events and growth of insecurity might be related to the upcoming general elections, which will be held on 1st of July. Mexican citizens will elect a new president, 500 deputies and 128 senators.