With homicides in the city on the rise, Tijuana business and civic leaders are calling for Mexico’s military to once again head up Baja California’s efforts against organized crime.
Once again, America’s insatiable lust for illegal drugs has caused immeasurable pain to this once glittering city.
Members of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial in Tijuana, an influential business umbrella group, and the city’s Citizens Council for Pubic Safety are urging the passage of a new federal “law of internal security” that would allow Mexican soldiers to carry out civilian public safety duties.
“We don’t want to go back to the past, to the situation of 2007 and 2008,” said Juan Manuel Hernández, who heads the public safety council, describing a period of high-impact violence, including gruesome beheadings, public shootouts, and kidnappings.
The call for an expanded military role has come as more than 530 homicides have been registered in Tijuana so far this year, according figures from the Baja California Attorney General’s Office. If the killings continue at the current pace, this year’s total will exceed last year’s record 916 homicides.
Some cast doubt on the notion that coordination among civilian and military authorities is key to driving down crime and violence. David Shirk, a University of San Diego professor who has studied homicide trends across Mexico, said dynamics among drug trafficking organizations are the main factor driving the violence levels.
“We will see a drop in violence when somebody has monopoly control,” Shirk said.
As we’ve always said, Americans love drugs.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune