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Mexican Church Decries Gov't Failure to Halt Murder Epidemic

Mexican Church Decries Gov't Failure to Halt Murder Epidemic

Mexican Church leaders rebuked the leftist government for blaming past administrations for violence, when the current regime has failed to reduce the scores of murders carried out each day in the country.

The Archdiocese of Mexico City warned in a Palm Sunday editorial that the measures adopted by the new government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to combat the wave of violence in the country “are not enough” and demanded that it not dodge the issue by trying to pin the blame on past leaders.

The average number of murders committed each day in Mexico now exceeds 90.

In the last few years, Mexico has experienced a steep increase in lethal violence and 2018 was reportedly the most violent year in Mexico in two decades, with a registered 33,369 homicides, or an average of 91.4 murders per day.

According to official figures, there have already been 11,728 murders committed in Mexico during the administration of López Obrador, which local media have labeled an “ignominious milestone” for the country.

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