After 37 people were killed in Tijuana the past weekend, police chief Jesus Capella was fired and replaced with an army officer.
Over 300 people have been killed in the border city in just three months, marking an upturn in violence. Rival drug cartels have turned Tijuana into their battleground.
Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University joins Martin Savidge to discuss the risks of using the military to fight the drug war, corruption in the Mexican government and the role of the U.S. in combating the violence.
Below, read what bloggers in Tijuana and elswhere had to say about the city’s turn for the worse.
A blogger at “Stairs to Nowhere” writes from Tijuana about her efforts to retain normalcy amid the violence.
Blogger Deborah Bonello of “Mexico Reporter” writes that in addition to cartel members and police, journalists have been targeted.
The “Across the Border” blog speaks with conflict photographer Eros Hoagland who compares and contrasts violence in Baghdad to that in Tijuana.
In Iraq, it’s estimated that 148 civilians were killed last month, while in Mexico, some 700 people were killed last month.
Blogger “Hugh Hewitt” says that while Iraq is moving towards stability, Mexico is moving away from it, deploring the lack of media coverage of Tijuana.