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Mexican Authorities are struggling to identify the latest victims of the deadly drug war being waged in that country. The latest gruesome evidence of the brutal war was brought to light when 50 bodies were found near the small town of San Juan near Monterrey. The corpses were wrapped in garbage bags – what was left of them. Their hands and feet and heads were missing. The corpses were further mutilated to disguise their identity.
A clue to who murdered these unknown people was left at the scene. The symbol for the drug gang Zetas was left on the town arch welcoming people. It is generally known that the Zetas are in a struggle for supremacy of the lucrative drug trade with the Sinaloa cartel.
The victims may have been members of a rival drug gang or migrants travelling north to seek a better life. Innocent people have been targets of violence as the cartels escalate their reign of terror over much of northern Mexico.
In the past few days 18 headless and dismembered bodies were found outside of Guadaljara and another 23 were found outside of Nuevo Laredo.
Drug violence has claimed over 47 000 people since the Mexican president, Felipe Caleron, declared a “War on Drugs” in December 2006. Violence and killing has been escalating each year since then. It has pushed the border town of Juarez to top the list of the most dangerous city in the world.
There are many reasons why Mexico is teetering on the brink of failure. Some blame the Free Trade Agreements, some the outsourcing of jobs, and some the insatiable appetite for drugs in America.
For in depth information on the situation in Mexico, a good source is Al Jazeera