Monday, August 10, 2009

PGR Chief in Juarez Sees No Quick End to the Violence

Hérika Martínez Prado in Norte this morning quotes from an interview she had yesterday with Héctor García Rodríguez, the PGR (Attorney General) delegate, the top federal law enforcement officer in Cd. Juárez. In Mexico the federal government assigns a "delegate" to distinct jurisdictions of the country to enforce federal law; delegates have much the same functions as the U.S. Attorney in the U.S.

The conflict between rival criminal organizations has generated serious violence manifested through the actions of local street gangs, he said. "Thousands of persons are involved.

Asked about when the war in the city might end, Garcia asserted that there is no short term solution but hopefully a medium-term way out. You cannot determine the exact moment when the spike in crime might go down, and a lot depends on what happens in the next few months.

"I feel it is very possible that the intensity of violence has reached its maximum level and that we will begin to see a reduction soon, probably next month, in all this criminal activity,"
he said.

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