Mexico Floods Country With Troops After Violent Year

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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The Mexican government is planning on sending in a wave of troops to problem areas as the country deals with one of its most violent years in the past couple of decades.

According to Mexican officials, federal police troops will work in conjunction with cities’ local police officers to aid with criminal investigations and nab known criminals in particularly violent areas, Reuters reported. 

Mexico saw at least 29,000 people murdered last year. While National Security Commissioner Renato Sales did not give other information as to how many troops would be sent, he said the overall plan was to provide “calm for all Mexicans,” as well as recover peace. The troops are going to be placed in states such as Colima, Baja California Sur and Cancun.

Mexican officials declared that 2017 was the country’s most violent one in the past 20 years, with 25,339 homicide cases. Some major tourists spots also saw a major increase in crime during 2017: Baja California Sur’s homicide victims shot up by 223 percent, while Quintana Roo’s homicide victim count went up by 108 percent.

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