Mexdata has a detailed summary of the increased level of violence in Mexico as a result of the drug cartel wars
Guerrero Governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo is now calling for the Mexican federal government to help him fight back. Torreblanca has reported that the gangs killed more than 20 people in the resort area over the last year, with four execution-style killings on August 10, 2005, alone. But it seems the governor is more mindful of tourism implications, as he says that he “wants police, not soldiers” on the streets so as not to scare off some 1.5 million visitors that include many Americans.
Meanwhile, back in Nuevo Laredo the drug war continues without the usual details as journalists have stopped investigating and reporting. Many of their colleagues have been killed and threatened. Daniel Rosa, the managing editor of the daily El Mañana in Nuevo Laredo said: “It is the new trend of drug gangs — journalists are warned, paid off, or killed.” The editor of El Mañana, Roberto Garcia, was stabbed to death on March 19, 2004.
The journalists complain that corruption makes it impossible for them to research their stories accurately. Yet more serious, the reporters note that Tamaulipas is the most dangerous place to work in Mexico. Since January there have been at least 108 execution-style murders, whereas over the last year 173 people have disappeared, including 23 still missing Americans.
In February a reporter with the Televisa TV network was gunned down after airing a report on the paramilitary group known as the Zetas. The Zetas were accused of involvement in the disappearances of both Mexicans and Americans in Nuevo Laredo, but the TV coup-de-grace probably came when the broadcaster said municipal police back the Zetas, and that they have an informant in the Mexican Army.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers, federal agents and police were sent to the border in Nuevo Laredo in June, a show of force that left a current legacy of 50 new killings, bringing the body count to 110.