Despite heightened threats against police, most of the violence isn't between the government and drug cartels, but the drug cartels and one another. According to Reuters, "Some 1,300 people have died in Mexico's drug conflict this year but most of the deaths are still among rival traffickers." In other words, the government is not the biggest threat to Mexico's drug cartels; they're (rightfully) more fearful of one another, according to these data.
Zirandaro was the second town in less than two weeks to be left without its police force aswage increasingly bold attacks against security forces. On Monday, the military took over a town near after all 20 of its police officers were either killed, run out of town or quit.
Eight members of Zirandaro's police never returned to work after a May 13 shootout with gunmen that left a 32-year-old man dead, said Juan Heriberto Salinas Altes, the public safety secretary of the southern state of Guerrero.
The other seven officers — including the police chief — quit days later.
"The Zirandaro police quit the service because they feared the criminals would return to seek revenge," Salinas Altas told a news conference.
Will the government be able to reduce violence through brute military force? I'm increasingly doubtful. With police so clearly outgunned and the military stretched thin, one fears we could soon witness Mexico fall outright into the malaise of a failed state.
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