Almost 1,000 deaths this year in Mexico border city

Agence France-Presse
September 4, 2008

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Mexicans plan mass protests against insecurity on Saturday, but not in the city with the highest murder rate this year, where many are focused on more immediate safety concerns.

Violence has escalated throughout Mexico since President Felipe Calderon, who took office at the end of 2006, launched a military crackdown on drug trafficking, but nowhere more than in Ciudad Juarez.

Of some 2,700 murders across the country this year, official figures this week show almost 1,000 have been in this city across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, including three in the most recent attacks Friday.

Many residents in the city of 1.5 million do not expect changes after this weekend’s countrywide protests, following decades of mafia-led violence.

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