Hector Murguia responded to the assertion of U.S. drug czar
CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA (29/MAR/2012). – The mayor of Ciudad Juarez, Hector Murguia, today rejected that this Mexican border city is the most dangerous in the world as the undersecretary of state for the U.S. war on drugs William Brownfield.
“We are not the most dangerous city in the world from Mexico and we can verify it,” Murguia said in a press conference. Ciudad Juárez “is now the most dangerous city in Mexico and I think the most dangerous in America, if not the world, “Brownfield said Thursday at a hearing in the House of Representatives of the United States.
The U.S. official responded that way to a congressman’s question regarding the case of five police shot dead the Wednesday in Ciudad Juarez in an attack by suspected assassins.
The mayor of Juarez said that according to their records, in January this year there were 116 homicides in the city, 69 February and 69 March, while in the same months of last year the figures were 269, 173 and 268, respectively. Murguia called the U.S. official’s statements “irresponsible” because it “scare is affecting tourism and progress in security so far.”
Also, the mayor invited Brownfield to visit Ciudad Juarez “to find that is a community that seeks to get ahead, despite his remarks.”
On the evening of Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City issued a statement that applauded and expressed support for “efforts of the Government of Mexico and the state of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez, to solve the cartel-related violence”.
“The impact of these efforts can be reflected in the crime statistics of the city, showing a significant reduction in the number of homicides, “he said. He said that “U.S. assistance, in coordination with our Mexican counterparts, has focused on police training and equipment to provide enhanced capabilities to combat the threat represent transnational criminal organizations.”
The embassy said that while bilateral efforts under the Merida Initiative security cooperation changing focus of the federal police to the state, “the state of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez have become key priorities. “
“We will continue to support, particularly in the areas most affected by crime and violence, in partnership with the Government of Mexico, its agencies and its citizen’s safe,” the statement said.
In 2011, Ciudad Juarez remained as the most violent city in Mexico with nearly two thousand murders, but was a figure lower than the levels recorded in 2010 when there were three thousand 100 homicides.