Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, León top list of 50 most violent municipalities so far this year


Source: Mexico News Daily

Tijuana was the most violent municipality in Mexico in the first five months of 2021 in terms of sheer homicide numbers, federal data shows.

Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda presented a graph at President López Obrador’s news conference on Monday that showed the 50 most violent municipalities between January and May this year.

Tijuana, Baja California, ranked first with 749 homicides for an average of 150 per month or five per day. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, was second with 515 homicides between January and May followed by León, Guanajuato, 295; Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón), Sonora, 225; and Acapulco, Guerrero, 197.


Haitians in Mexico see bleak choices as they seek protection


Source: AP

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Adrián is trying to settle in to his third new city since 2016, when his wife was raped and mother was killed in Haiti. He will go anywhere but home.

“Why do they send us back to Haiti?” he said outside a cheap Mexican hotel blocks from the border with El Paso, Texas, where he was living with his wife and about 20 other Haitians last month. “We don’t have anything there. There’s no security. … I need a solution to not be sent back to my country.”


In Migrant Crisis, Border Towns Become Final Destination

8/8/19 – The New York Times

By Elisabeth Malkin


There is a new hint of life in the dilapidated downtown of Ciudad Juárez, which residents abandoned as a recession and drug gang murders ravaged the city a decade ago.

Thousands of Cubans, waiting in limbo for a decision on their requests for asylum in the United States, have made the crumbling few blocks their home, finding work and renting cheap hotel rooms.

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Before massacre, El Paso became a hot spot on Mexican border

8/6/19 – Associated Press

By Elliott Spagat and Cedar Attanasio


Deny Martinez paid a smuggler $7,000 to take him and his teenage son from Honduras to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, across from El Paso, Texas.

His smuggler’s destination was Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: a dry river basin in view of El Paso’s downtown office towers. The channel crosses the city and, at one point, is less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the Walmart where a gunman attacked shoppers on Saturday, resulting in 22 deaths.

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Mexican President-Elect Asks Ciudad Juarez Violence Victims to Forgive

08/07/18 New York Times

AMLO 5Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s launched his first “peace forum” on Tuesday in the northern border town of Ciudad Juarez, aiming to convince victims of the region’s entrenched drug war violence to embrace forgiveness.

Rowdy responses to parts of the public meeting underscore debate and sensitivity around the leftist’s “transitional justice” proposal, meant to curb tens of thousands of deaths and disappearances stemming from a more than decade-long militarized drug war.

“There’s a thirst for justice here, but it’s time for unity and reconciliation,” Lopez Obrador told a packed auditorium of several hundred people, while others watched on a projector outside.

“I respect the people who say don’t forgive or forget. I say, forgive, but don’t forget,” said the leader, who believes that Mexico’s army-led approach to fighting cartels has led to more violence, but has not been clear about how radically he will change strategies.

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Mexico’s President-Elect Pledges Justice at Security Forum

08/07/18 New York Times

AMLO 6President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised Tuesday to bring justice to the families of Mexico’s victims of violence, speaking at a “pacification and reconciliation” forum in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Lopez Obrador and members of his proposed security Cabinet held the first of a planned series of such meetings in the violence-stained border city, meeting with victims of violence, academics, authorities and others.

He gas promised a new approach to Mexico’s spiraling violence.

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Juarez murders on the rise as Mexico’s next president prepares to face the violence

08/06/18 Chicago Tribune

ciudad juarezCIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his transition team will begin a highly anticipated peace and reconciliation tour Tuesday in this border community where security is in a tailspin.

Juarez, once lauded for making significant progress in improving longstanding safety problems, has seen a dramatic sea-change back toward violence in 2018, especially during the summer months. June and July each ended with 177 killings. This weekend, more than 35 people were slain, including 11 last Friday eight men and three women whose tortured bodies were found tied up. Some of the victims were mutilated.

It’s the drug wars again. Internal conflicts within a leading cartel, an ongoing fight for street market and competition for U.S. distribution routes are spurring the violence.

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Mexico announces arrests in killings of 11 at home in Juarez

08/06/18 Washington Post

Once personas fueron asesinadas al interior de una casa en Ciudad Juárez. Foto: Especial

Photo: Especial

Police in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez have arrested eight people suspected in connection with the recent killing of 11 people at a home in the northern border city across from El Paso, Texas.

The Juarez city government said Monday in a statement that the eight suspects were arrested for drug crimes. But it added that they are believed to be implicated in the Aug. 3 killings.

Nearly 100 state security agents were deployed to the border city after the mass killing to reinforce local security.

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Eleven found killed in Mexico border town ahead of president-elect’s visit

08/03/18 Reuters

gun - crime sceneEleven bodies were discovered on Friday in a Mexican town close to the U.S. border, days before president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to visit for a series of forums seeking to stem the violence in the country.

The bodies of eight men and three women were found in a home in Ciudad Juarez, the government of the northern state of Chihuahua said in a statement. It said the people were victims of homicide.

The incident may be related to clashes between criminal groups, the government added. The prosecutor’s office is investigating the killings and identities of the victims.

Ciudad Juarez was for many years one of Mexico’s most violent cities, drawing comparisons to a war zone.

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Ciudad Juárez trembles again

10/29/16 The Economist

Ciudad JuárezIN PUERTO DE LA PAZ, a settlement of hardscrabble houses and shacks in the western suburbs of Ciudad Juárez, a new three-storey community centre offers taekwondo, five-a-side football and classes in baking and giving beauty treatments. It is one of 49 such centres in poorer parts of this sprawling industrial city jammed against Mexico’s border with Texas. Intended to offer young people alternatives to organised crime, they are a sign of change in a place that became known as “the world’s most dangerous city”.

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