Mexico: The Real Reason Behind Rising Violence in Mexico City / Robert Muggah and Carlos Vilalta

A new study shows narco-trafficking gangs are only part of the problem.

Until recently, Mexico City was considered an oasis in a country beset by skyrocketing violence. Even though one in two Mexican adults said they stopped going out at night for fear of being mugged or worse and one fourth of all adult Mexicans were victimized in 2014, the capital was largely exempt. In posh neighborhoods like La Condesa and Polanco, the restaurants and nightclubs kept buzzing.

But something new is going on. Mexico City has witnessed a steady increase in violent crime over the past few years. Homicides shot up by more than 20 percent last year, levels not seen since 1998. In spite of over $1 billion spent on public security last year, recent studies show that a third of the capital’s population was a victim of crime and two thirds do not trust the local police. SEE MORE…

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