Someone Murdered Every 15 Minutes in Mexico

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Although the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to claim that his government has reduced the trend of intentional homicides nationwide, in just three days this week, a new murder was reported every 15 minutes.

On Tuesday, May 24, Mexico registered the second-highest record of homicides in the president’s entire six-year term, with 118. Two days earlier, on Sunday, May 22, there were 107, and on Monday, May 23, there were 69 cases. This constitutes a total of 294 violent murders in three days.

According to the data, one in five crimes occurred in central Mexican states of Guanajuato and the State of Mexico.

This figure exceeds the average number of intentional homicides for the first four months of 2022, which, according to the figures reported by state prosecutors to the National Security Commission, was 82 murders per month.

On Monday, the federal government released its crime report, dated Saturday, April 30, claiming that it had achieved a 17 percent decrease in intentional homicides.

However, this week’s crisis reveals that the problem clearly persists.


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