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Federales Tout Victories Against Crime, Fiddle on While Mexico Burns

MCALLEN, Texas — Mexico’s top cop claims that crime has been decreasing in his country even though the cartel violence continues to spiral out of control in that country.

Despite the daily cases of shootouts, executions, kidnappings and extortion, Mexico’s National Security Commissioner Enrique Galindo Ceballos said Mexico is winning the war against crime.

“During the past three years we have seen a decrease in violence and in the indicators of violence,” Galindo said.

During his explanation the head of Mexico’s Federal Police said that one of the most clear indicators about the decrease in violence was the number of murders per 100,000 people. According to the commissioner, in the past three years, the number of murders at the national level has decreased.

Galindo made those statements during Friday’s visit to this border city where he, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, visited a local high school. During his visit, Galindo brought the a band made up of federal police officers from Mexico’s Federal Police to perform at the school, while just across the border a the battles between factions of the Gulf Cartel continue.

Mexico’s National Security Commissioner said the music from the police band was a proper way to break barriers between the two nations since music is a universal language.

“Are they playing music so that we can’t hear the gunshots from Reynosa?” one of the attendees of the event sarcastically said out loud.

The statement about the reduction in crime by Galindo appears to be politically tainted. 

The time frame where he claims crime has decreased matches with the time in office Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. As Breitbart Texas has previously reported, under Pena Nieto’s term Mexican officials continue to claim that public security is improving even though cartel violence continues to be an almost daily occurrence along border states.

Most recently, Breitbart Texas has been documenting the rising number of gruesome executions, shootouts and banners that continue to pop up around Tamaulipas in connection with a civil war taking place within the Los Zetas cartel. In a similar fashion, late last year, the Gulf Cartel went through a similar civil war that brought large scale gun battles between the cities of Reynosa and Matamoros. The almost daily violence was largely ignored by Mexican federal officials.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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