Mass graves were again found in Mexico, presumably from drug cartels. Authorities expect to find more bodies.
Mass graves with numerous bodies have been found again in Mexico. With the help of the police and military, authorities in the municipality of Salvatierra, Guanajuato state, have recovered the remains of 59 people, believed to include young people, such as the Mexican officer in charge of the search for missing people, Karla Quintana, Wednesday (local time). In the “numerous mass graves” that have been discovered, there will likely be more corpses, she said.
In Mexico, violent crimes by criminal organizations such as drug cartels, where people go missing, are repeated. The victims of the cartels often end up in mass graves or are dissolved in acid. The number of people who disappeared is currently more than 73,000 nationwide.
To be among the dead, such young people
Guanajuato is one of the most violent states. There, the powerful Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and the regional Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel compete for supremacy in drug trafficking, fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping.
It was initially unclear how long the bodies had lain in the tombs in Salvatierra, about 265 kilometers northwest of the capital, Mexico City. According to initial analyzes, 10 to 15 of the 59 appear to be women, and young people are likely among the dead, the paper said.
Most crimes are never solved
Authorities in the western Mexican state of Jalisco had bodies and body parts between January and May found by more than 200 people. Since November 2019, two mass graves with a total of 81 bodies had already been found there.
Most of the missing today have gone missing after 2006, when then Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared war on drug gangs. The violence increased with it. Most crimes in Mexico are never solved, let alone punished. In 2019, there were approximately 36,000 murders per 130 million people in the country.