Mexican Drug Murders Fall From 2011 Peak As Calderon Term Ends


The mood of Mexicans has brightened about their personal security and the war on crime, a shift in the nation's state of mind that coincides with a sharp reduction in bloodshed in once violent regions, McClatchy Newspapers report. Ciudad Juarez, the border city across from El Paso, Tx., that was once one of the world’s most violent places, registered only 30 murders in October, the lowest monthly number in five years. On 14 days last month, no one was murdered at all.

President Felipe Calderon’s legacy after he leaves office Dec. 1 likely will be tainted by the bloodshed that began to surge at the beginning of his term when he deployed 50,000 soldiers and federal police to take on well-equipped narcotics cartels. “Mexico is emerging triumphant against these adversities,” Calderon said. Along much of the 1,970-mile border between Mexico and the U.S., levels of violence that peaked in 2011 have fallen steadily, even dramatically. The area from Ciudad Juarez west to Tijuana has seen homicides plummet, allowing cities to spring back to life. Ciudad Juarez, once dubbed “Murder City,” tallied fewer homicides in October than Chicago, which chalked up 36 murders.

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