This event happened far away from the Border and Mexico has an internal market for drugs, so it’s not always necessarily about drug smuggling as these cartels also are big into human trafficking and take advantage of those migrating through Mexico.
Mexican Troops fired on a plaza back in 1968.
So, unfortunately, some of this has been going on for a long time, the thing is nowadays, there is a lot more of it. But it certainly is attributable to a number of factors and the situation certainly does not give unto itself simplistic analysis. Government corruption is probably another factor.
‘Mexico security officials likely conspired in massacre of students’
At the college east of the state capital of Chilpancingo, where the students are from, there was anger and despair over their fate and anxious relatives blamed President Enrique Pena Nieto for what had happened.
“Things are going from bad to worse,” said a woman who identified herself as Anayeli, whose 20-year-old brother was among the missing. “Supposedly Pena Nieto isn
t involved, but this is happening right under his nose. Hes involved in all of this.”
Blanco said local police had been infiltrated by a criminal gang known as the Guerreros Unidos, and that Flores had conspired with a gang leader to order the killings.
He added that Francisco Salgado, Flores`s deputy, also ordered the police to detain the students and has gone missing.
Police are suspected of abducting some of the students, a local security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“You really can`t call them police,” the state security official said.
Notice, though “cartel” is commonly used, here they are simply called a “criminal gang”.
If you ever study Mexican history, most of their Presidents, PRI, are thought to have largely pillaged the national treasury if not at times, be hospitable to some criminal figures. I think Pres. Miguel de La Madrid was seen to be friendly to criminal enterprise in Sinaloa province and it took some arm-twisting to get the government on board to go after those who killed DEA agent Camarena in the 1980s.