Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, May 11, 2018

How violence affects the economy in Mexico

It's not just on the levels of regime and government that violence affects the political culture.

Mexico violence: Clowns protest over Acapulco murder rate
Clowns dressed in white marched down a central street in the Mexican resort of Acapulco on Monday demanding an end to the city's crime wave.

With their faces painted and carrying signs reading "peace", they said that they were "tired of so much violence".

They complained that they were losing business because residents no longer threw parties out of fear of becoming targets of crime…

Officials said they had recorded almost 50 more murders in the first three months of 2018 than in the same period last year.

Most of the murders are believed to be related to warfare between rival criminal gangs in the region…

In January, the US state department prohibited US government employees from travelling to the state of Guerrero, including Acapulco.

It warned of armed groups "operating independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero".

"Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travellers," the advice said.

Federal police and soldiers were deployed to the resort in December 2014 but have so far failed to quell the violence.

Don't Panic Get some sleep.


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