Statistical analysis reveals Mexican drug war increased homicide rates

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 13:30 in Psychology & Sociology

In the short term, the Mexican government's war against drugs increased the average murder rate in regions subjected to military-style interventions, a new statistical analysis suggests. The Mexican government--beginning in December 2006 during former President Felipe Calderón's term and continuing through current President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration--has been fighting an internal war against drug traffickers. A 2013 report by Human Rights Watch estimates 60,000 people were killed between 2006 and 2012 as a result of the military interventions and drug cartels fighting each other for control of territory.

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