Security & Strategic Review - March 2020

MEXICO: Guanajuato, where life has become worthless

The economically prosperous central state of Guanajuato has become Mexico’s most violent. According to data from Mexico’s national public security executive secretariat (SESNSP), Guanajuato closed 2019 with 3,540 intentional homicides, up from up from 3,290 in 2018 and 1,423 in 2017. Much like in the rest of Mexico, this violence has been driven by an increase in organised criminal activity. But the rising violence in Guanajuato poses a singular problem for the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as it shows organised criminal groups can thrive even in areas where the local population enjoys relative prosperity and economic opportunities, the lack of which López Obrador often claims has helped to fuel organised crime around the country

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