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Criminology expert warns about possible increase of organized crime activity in Yucatán

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“Poverty levels in the state of Yucatán can open the door to members of organized crime”, stated expert Bernardo Gómez del Campo Díaz Barreiro.

A professor of Criminal Sciences and Criminology, Gómez del Campo believes that the fight against narcoviolence in the country has failed because the authorities had focused on war.

The expert points out that these poor results are also explained by the fact that the government has done very little (or nothing), to address the social causes of crime.

According to the specialist, the situation of extreme poverty in which a large sector of the Mexican population lives, is where the primordial basis of violence is generated.

Gómez del Campo states that Yucatán needs to pay special attention to poverty and its relation to security. “You are letting a serious outbreak of violence develop, which also entails a serious danger: the recruitment of poor people by members of the organized crime, especially when you have such a violent state as a neighbor, which is the case of Quintana Roo, where crime indexes are totally out of control.”

By way of hypothesis, the expert indicates that if the criminal organizations began to lose members in Quintana Roo, they would begin to recruit young “sicarios” (assassins), between 18 and 25 years of age, from marginalized populations who are willing to do anything to “live the good life”. And this situation can open a gap for organized crime groups to enter the state of Yucatán and start with the same type of activities they carry out in Quintana Roo,” he warns.

Proof of this are the recent reports by the authorities in charge of security in Yucatan, who confirmed that in at least seven municipalities there were outbreaks of post-election violence and in some cases injuries were reported.

The most serious violent events occurred in Yobaín, Cuzamá and Seyé. Although unusual incidents have also been recorded in Kanasín, Chemax, Xocchel and Valladolid.

TYT Newsroom with information from yucatan.com.mx

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