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December 3, 2008
Tijuana police chief fired after bloody weekend

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.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brymo under a Creative Commons license.

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I have a theory and it is bases solely in personal experience as a citizen of Tijuana, México.

It all started with 9/11. Yes. You know the boarder crossing from México to the States changed so fast that it took the narcotics smuggling bussiness by surprise. It was no longer the bussines it used to be. So, the bussines started to stay inside of México and the consumption of narcotics too.

But this was not enough. So kidnappings started to make a scene. The people has not happy with this so the goverment had to do something that they have never done before and that is giving “results” to the insecurity issues.

Then, due to a business more difficult that ever before, the drug cartels started to try and take over each others business.

The killings started. First, between members of the cartels but now.. I think now everybody that wanted to kill somebody is going to do it because you just have to see the numbers and see that impunity has the lead in this government.

Plus, kidnappings are still going strong.

Just by living in Tijuana, your whole life, it’s pretty sure you know a guy that knows a guy that’s in this horrible business. But you don’t want to say anything. You don’t want to end killed.


I had something to say about this the other day. Why is it so much more violent in Mexico than in the States. Some people think it’s because many American civilians are armed. What do you think?

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