Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

States within the state

How powerful are the states (in Mexico's case, narco gangs) within the state?

Mexico violence: 28 dead in prison fight in Acapulco
A fight between rival gangs in a prison in south-western Mexico has left at least 28 inmates dead, officials say.

The pre-dawn fight broke out in the maximum security wing of Las Cruces prison in the city of Acapulco…

Acapulco is the largest city in Guerrero state, one of Mexico's most violent areas and a big centre for drug production…

"The incident was triggered by a permanent feud between rival groups within the prison," [Roberto Álvarez, a state security spokesman] said…

This is the latest in a series of violent incidents across Mexico this year. May was the deadliest month in the country since 1997, when official statistics began, with 2,186 homicides.

From December 2006 until May this year, there were 188,567 murders, according to government records.

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