The Economist reports that murder rates are rising again in Mexico. Here’s their graph showing national averages since 1997 and an indication of where most of the new murders are coming from:
The violent state of Guerrero is driving much of this increase; “almost 40% of the recent rise is accounted for by gang-infested Guerrero.” In this second graph, you can see why tourists (both from inside and outside of Mexico) are starting to rethink their idea of an Acapulco vacation:
I’ve always thought of New Orleans as being a relatively dangerous city (and it is), but Acapulco just blows it away. While EPN promises a raft of new measures to combat problems with security, there is a long way to go. The piece notes that “an astonishing 99% of all crimes are never punished”…[and that]…Mexico came 58th out of 59 countries in a global impunity index published recently by the University of the Americas in Puebla.”
“A taco seller points to two spots on Acapulco’s beach where people have been shot dead in recent days.” Hmm, when the taco vendor on the beach can point to where the recent murders happened, it’s time to find another beach.
The owner of our favorite Mexican restaurant in Norman is from Guerrero. After a recent visit home, he said his family refers to the state as Iraq. Yep, definitely looking at Cancun.