Jalisco, Guanajuato and Chihuahua are three epicenters of the violence caused by the dispute over territory by organized crime and are among the most violent entities in the country.
In the first 11 days of August, these three entities have registered 205 of the 839 intentional homicides that have occurred in the country, which represent 24.4% of the total, according to data from the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection.
According to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, of the 15,400 intentional homicides that occurred in the country between January and June, these three entities accounted for 3,519 of them (22%) of the intentional homicides, that is, 1 out of every five violent deaths in the country occurred in Guanajuato, Chihuahua and Jalisco.
For David Saucedo, the acts seen this week are not new, as they have become a way for criminal groups to put pressure on the authorities, as also happened with the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán in October 2019.
However, the expert points out that until this Thursday the civilian population had not been attacked directly, as happened in Ciudad Juárez.
“Narcoterrorism acts are not new. El Marro, former leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, used to carry out drug blockades. In Ciudad Juárez there were fires at police booths, kidnappings and bus fires, and there have been others. These acts of narco-terrorism are used by organized crime groups to eliminate their rivals, but in these cases they direct them against the civilian population to generate an impact, it had not been seen”, says David Saucedo.
Between December 1, 2018 and June 30, 2022, there are 120,854 intentional homicides and 3,560 femicides: a total of 124,414 violent deaths have been registered, so far this six-year term.