Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 03, 2009 -- Politics have definitely gone to the dogs when Fidel, a bull terrier was put up as a candidate in the local elections in Guadalajara, Mexico. Fidelâs owner is stating his protest against political corruption.
This is in a nation where a gang-style shooting killed Mayor Hector Ariel Meixuerio, in the northwestern Chihuahua state of Mexico, not far from the USA border. In less than two days, 30 people were killed, including 12 police officers. The tortured bodies were found lined up along the edge of the road. The killings have been ascribed to the 'La Familia; drug cartel that strenuously operates in the district. La Familia is believed to be one of Mexicoâs most brutal criminal gangs.
In what is believed to be a crisis-point for drug-related aggression, 11 men were killed in Ciudad Juarez, the crime capital. Fighting to control lucrative trafficking routes into the United States, gun battles rage between rival gangs.
Over 10,000 have died in gangland-style brutality since President Felipe Calderon launched the military crackdown two and a half years ago.
Organized drug-related crimes have killed an estimated 2,700 people already this year. 6290 deaths were reported last year, compared to the 2,700 in 2007 and the 1,500 in 2006.
Following visits by Foreign Secretary Hilary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Mapolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama, there was an effort to arrive at a solution to the escalating drug war, which is now rolling over into the United States. Security on the U.S. âMexico border has been tightened by the Obama administration, which has pledged $80m to help Mexico purchase Black Hawk helicopters, in an effort to defeat the well-armed, extremely rich drug cartels.
Police estimate up to 90% of the assault weapons used by Mexican gangs, including the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels, are sourced from the USA. During her visit, Hilary Clinton said the United States has to be apportioned part of the blame for drug-related brutality in Mexico. "America's appetite for drugs and its inability to stop arms crossing the border were helping fuel the violence".
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