MEXICO CITY — Despite some recent promising homicide statistics, violence continues to rage in regions of Mexico plagued by drug gangs and organized crime, as evidenced by dozens of killings spread over four states in the last five days.
The incidents, which include a deadly ambush on federal police and the killing of two people in a medical clinic by gunmen disguised as doctors, demonstrate how much work President Enrique Peña Nieto has yet to do to convince his countrymen that Mexico is becoming safer.
In June, six months after Peña Nieto’s swearing-in, his government boasted that in both February and May the number of homicides connected to federal crimes fell below 1,000 per month. (Drug and organized crime cases are usually under federal jurisdiction in Mexico.)
Statistics for June showed that the 1,000 figure again had not been breached, with 869 homicides reported by the Interior Ministry. Before February, it had been surpassed every month for three straight years.