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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gang Violence Escalates in Ciudad Juarez Despite Military Presence

In Ciudad Juarez, corrupt police still openly work openly for gangs despite ubiquitous army patrols. And local newspapers constantly show images of bullet-ridden vehicles and bleeding bodies on busy streets.

After a few quiet weeks, the city's death tally from cartel violence has risen to 900 this year, compared with 800 in the first six months of 2008.

In one recent case, a man who phoned a drug hotline to report suspicious goings-on near his home disappeared and was found tortured into a coma in an SUV that crashed into a tree.

The battered body had a note with it reading: "This is what happens to those who ring 060." The man died of his injuries.

link: Army feeble as murders surge in Mexico drug war city | International | Reuters


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