According to a report of the Attorney General of Oaxaca, 182 “intentional homicides” were registered between January and March, with the Coastal Region having the greatest number of these crimes. The study shows that there was an increase of 11.6% compared with the same period last year, in which 162 homicides were registered in the whole state. According to the report, the Coastal Region is top of the list of intentional homicides with 47 cases. As regards the rest of the state, the Central Valleys reported 36 killings; the Southern Sierra 24; Cuenca 21; Mixteca 13; Cañada 5; the Northern Sierra 2, and 34 in the Isthmus. In the Isthmus Region, a multiple homicide of two women and three men was recently registered, as a result of which the authorities reinforced security presence in Juchitan de Zaragoza and some other municipalities of the area.
For his part, the regional Vice Attorney of Tehuantepec Isthmus, Luis Sanchez Castellanos, reported that the judicial hypotheis for the surge in violence and aggression of organized crime in the municipality of Juchitan de Zaragoza was due more to political problems than to control of the streets. He said that so far this year they had registered 40 homicides in Juchitan “although they are not all related to organized crime.” Sanchez Castellanos said that many of the delinquents “are protected by the politicians and social organizations, which makes their capture more difficult.”
For more information in Spanish:
Reporta Fiscalía de Oaxaca 182 homicidios dolosos de enero a marzo (Quadtratin Oaxaca, 21 de abril de 2016)
Aumentan homicidios en Oaxaca 11.6 por ciento; Costa es la región más violenta (Servicios para una Educación Alternativa, A.C., EDUCA, 21 de abril de 2016)
Van 40 ejecuciones en Juchitán; política y control de plaza desatan violencia: Vicefiscalía (NVI Noticias, 20 de abril de 2016)
Asesinan a cinco en un predio perteneciente a Telmex en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 17 de abril de 2016)