Drug cartels’ grip on Mexico revealed
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.