Drug car­tels’ grip on Mex­ico re­vealed

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3 Hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions have re­leased a re­port de­tail­ing accusations made in three Texas court­rooms against a no­to­ri­ous drug car­tel. It said that the car­tel had pumped money into Mex­i­can elec­toral cam­paigns and paid politi­cians and po­lice in the state of Coahuila to look the other way as hun­dreds of peo­ple were mas­sa­cred or dis­ap­peared.

The re­port from the Hu­man Rights Clinic at the Univer­sity of Texas School of Law and Fray Juan de Lar­ios Dioce­san Hu­man Rights Cen­tre in Coahuila gives one of the most com­plete ac­counts of how or­gan­ised crime has at­tempted to cap­ture the in­sti­tu­tions of democ­racy in Mex­ico.

Al­le­ga­tions that Mex­i­can politi­cians acted in ca­hoots with drugs car­tels have been com­mon for decades.

The re­port prompted out­rage among ac­tivists who have worked with vic­tims of vi­o­lence. But the accusations were de­nied by Mex­i­can politi­cians and met with no re­sponse from ju­di­cial of­fi­cials.

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