Thursday, September 07, 2006

Mexican Gang War Violence Spirals Out of Control

This article, published on the 7th September 2006 in, highlights the gruesome violence which is gravely endangering the stability of society in Michoacan state. Recently the decapitated heads of 5 gang members were thrown onto the floor of a packed nightclub in the city of Uruapan. So far this year 1,500 people have died owing to the violence used by criminals to defend their illegal trade. The violence is intimidating the police force which is widely viewed as corrupt.

Officials have blamed the rise in violence on their own success rates in curbing the trade in illegal drugs, on the black market in firearms and on the increasingly lucrative trade in methampthetamine. Unfortunately nowhere in the article is any mention made of the main cause for all of this which is prohibition itself.

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