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Yearbook 2011

2011 MexicoMexico. The crime also escalated in 2011. Data in June from a representative of the Prosecutor's Office pointed to the fact that organized drug smugglers in Mexico had at least 14,000 armed men in total. According to Countryaah official site, the efforts made by the government since 2006 do not appear to have dampened the violence; 42,000 people have since been killed in various assaults and gang settlements.

Although the number of homicides in one of the worst-hit states, Chihuahua, in 2011 appeared to be slightly lower than the year before, homicide statistics nationally appeared to be about the same, ie. up to 12,000. The violence also spread to new regions. For example, in the state of Veracruz, which has hitherto been spared from criminal violence on a large scale, in the first nine months of the year almost 1,000 people compared to 59 the year before. Even in the already severely affected neighboring states of Coahuila and Guerrero, the number of murders increased, and the violence took on increasingly grotesque forms.

2011 Mexico

Two car bombs were detonated in September in the state of Tamaulipas, and in Guerrero about five human heads were dumped outside a school at about the same time. The worst attack occurred on August 25 when a crime syndicate set fire to a casino in the city of Monterrey, likely to threaten the owner, killing 52 people, most of them women. President Felipe Calderón announced three days of country grief.

On November 11, Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora was killed in a helicopter crash. It was an accident at all, but in light of Blake Mora's actions against organized crime in Mexico, there was immediate suspicion that it was an attack.

In May, a report came out highlighting crime as the single biggest problem for the country's economy. According to the report, Mexico loses about 1% growth per year by holding back investment.

The political price of the security situation is paid primarily by President Calderón and the ruling party PAN (Partido Acción Nacional), and inevitably favors the largest opposition party PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), which dominated Mexico's policy for almost the entire 1900s. This became evident in the governor elections held during the year. In early July, PRI won overwhelming numbers of governor posts in the states of Mexico, Coahuila and Nayarit, and in November in Michoacán. For most, it meant that in the 2012 elections, PRI has great chances of winning back the presidential post, which was lost in 2000 after 80 years.

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