Ana Marìa Salazar. Mexico City
Why is the federal government took so long to announce a special strategy to restore order in the State of Mexico? It has to do with the policy of “the governors must beg” -if they need help they will not have to demand, but almost beg on their knees to get some help. The other reason has to do with the political and media management that has been given to the strategy of “commissioner” in Michoacán. For a governor, asking for help to control issues of violence and organized crime can mean a significant loss of control and image.
Asking for help now it has consequences. Just ask the governor of Michoacan, Fausto Vallejo, because for every success this operation have, the weakness and inability of the state government is emphasized.
Could it be that this is what the federal government wants to hide? The weaknesses of Eruviel Ávila.
The headlines in the national press in recent weeks are absolutely devastating. According to these reports, the State of Mexico is currently the country’s most violent federal entity. And while some will argue that the pounding in recent months against the governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila, has a political background, I think that the situation is different: reality reached the federal and state governments, as the violence in the State of Mexico quite and simply can no longer be hidden.
Only in the period from January to February this year, 374 intentional homicides were reported -equaling the homicide figures of the state of Sinaloa in 2010, in which the average daily murder was six a day.
All this wave of violence that the mexiquenses suffer from some months ago, is attributed to a turf war carried out by the main cartels. Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana, the Gulf Cartel, Knights Templar and even The Jalisco Cartel New Generation. All of them want to take control of the entity.
In addition, we have to highlight that from 2005 to date, 500 thousand women have been killed with excessive violence, according to figures from the National Citizen Observatory of the Femicide-, so the State of Mexico continues to be the number one in femicide of the country in their most cruel forms.
Femicides that occurred when Enrique Peña Nieto was governor.
After months and sometimes years to bear femicide-violence in its most dire presentations such as rape, murder, robbery and extortion, Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila, makes the request to the Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, to implement a strategy against crime plaguing the state and will focus primarily on Nezahualcoyotl, Chimalhuacán, La Paz, Ecatepec, Chalco, Tlalnepantla, Naucalpan and Huixquilucan.
Osorio Chong explained that this strategy began last Saturday and will remain throughout the six-year period is focused on curbing high-impact crimes, mostly robbery, extortion and kidnapping. A commissioner for the State of Mexico is not named, as this surely would further strengthen the image of a helpless and weak governor.
There was appointed a new Public Safety Secretary, Damian Canales, who is akin to the Interior Minister, and has already announced that the presence of elements of the Army, Navy, Police and Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) will increase. Hopefully we will see further purification of municipal and state police.
Once again I want to share the steps to resolve the violence faced by a country, an organization or a municipality. This is required: 1. Political will. 2. Stop corruption and punish the corrupt. 3. Ensure the necessary resources. 4. Having an action plan with short, medium and long term steps. 5. Do not tolerate the lack of cooperation and collaboration between officials and branches of power. 6. Demand results, otherwise resign. 7. Ensure a legal framework enabling the authorities face the most dangerous organizations on the planet. 8. Having absolute clarity of what can be demanded to the federation and the international community. 9. Working with civil society, instead of arguing with them. 10. Exercise an extraordinary leadership before an extraordinary crisis.
Many of you will read this simple list and what I think: Yes, it’s too much to ask the governors.
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