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Mexican Drug War Violence Continues With 5 Massacres, Leaving More Than 50 Dead

October 29, 2010 By Staff

Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

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Top Story — Violence has continued to torment Mexico this week, with five massacres leaving more than 50 people dead.

On Thursday, armed men shot down six men at a convenience store, The Associated Press reported. The shootings in Mexico City, far from the northern states where drug war violence has been concentrated, has prompted new concerns that cartel violence may be spreading.

An episode of violence also occurred on Thursday in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, where four people were killed.

Gunmen also shot down 15 people at a carwash in the Pacific state of Nayarit on Wednesday, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The news of a spike in violence in Mexico comes just as California debates decriminalizing marijuana. While some argue that decriminalizing the popular drug would lead to a reduction in incarceration rates in the United States, Mexican President Felipe Calderón and other Latin American leaders have said that decriminalizing marijuana sends a contradictory message to countries that are battling drug cartels.

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  • The threat to freedom of the press posed by Mexico’s drug cartels begs a bilateral response, a panel of journalists and press freedom groups said in New York Tuesday. Andrew O’Reilly has more.

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1 Comment

Jose says:

When marijuana is decriminalized in California, Latin American governments will have no choice other than do the same.

Too bad, no more drug payoffs to corrupt government officials.

This could be the turning point in turning for Latin America towards a new era of prosperity.

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