A burned body and a man executed with a bullet to the head in Ciudad Juárez, nine dead and four wounded by gunshots in the Sinaloa region, and four corpses featuring “messages” from the narcos in Acapulco, the second most violent city in the world after Caracas.
In Mexico, 2017 has been the worst year of the past two decades. According to the Ministry of the Interior, in the period from January to November, the number of murder victims was 26,573. October broke the record with 2,764 murders, but the average has remained at more than 2,000 per month during the year, which will end with over 28,000 dead. Thirty percent of all cases are concentrated in four Mexican states (Baja California, Guerrero, Estado de México and Veracruz), but no region is immune from the violence that has become a structural feature.
The death toll is worse than in 2011, the most terrible year of the “war on drugs” in the era of President Felipe Calderón, when 27,199 murder victims were recorded—a rate of 24 per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the National Institute of Statistics, in the 11 years of militarized fighting against the drug cartels there have been 240,000 murders and an impressive number of desaparecidos (disappearances)—nearly 35,000 people.