Word Bubble 2/8/12

08.02.12

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by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

For three consecutive years, since 2008, the city has recorded the highest murder rate in the world, rising to the level of 271.89 per 100,000 inhabitants during 2010. The decrease during 2011 has led to a “triumphalist” discourse on the part of the authorities and business leaders who are proclaiming a substantial reduction in violence in Juarez.

However, Mayor Hector Murguia was sent a clear indication of the obvious when, on Wednesday January 4, several “narco-banners” were displayed around the city with the anonymous message: “It is not because you have lowered the murder rate, rather it is that there are no longer so many people to kill … how many of us were here four years ago and how many inhabitants remain today?”

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