Statistical analysis reveals Mexican drug war increased homicide rates

2 abril 2015

In the short term, the Mexican government’s war against drugs increased the average murder rate in regions subjected to military-style interventions, a new statistical analysis suggests. The Mexican government–beginning in December 2006 during former President Felipe Calderón’s term and continuing through current President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration–has been fighting an internal war against drug traffickers. A 2013 report by Human Rights Watch estimates 60,000 people were killed between 2006 and 2012 as a result of the military interventions and drug cartels fighting each other for control of territory.