On those Tijuana killings

Walking near a news stand in Los Angeles this morning, I couldn’t miss this front-page headline (left) about Tijuana’s latest troubles with violence. Yet another indication of how I keep on bumping into the border up here. 

English-language media are reporting that more than a dozen people were killed in Tijuana over the weekend, and it appears that some of those victims were killed execution style and then lit on fire. That seems to be a pretty high body count to me as I jog my memory.  This story from 2006 was about six bodies being found in a two-day time period and seven bodies found in a two-day period just prior to to that. 

I’m not going to dwell too much on this latest story. I’ll leave it to the reporters trying to sort out exactly how many bodies were found and what was done to them. Suffice to say that drug groups do this kind of thing and that after covering seven years of crazy murders that involved beheadings in Rosarito Beach and a guy who took a ride on his motorcycle with a corpse strapped to his back, nothing really amazes me much. Violence is symptomatic,  and here the deeper story has to do with the demand for drugs north of the border and Mexico’s struggles to address social inequalities and corruption while creating a democracy that can stand up to these challenges. Scary headlines aside, the drug cartels could care less about the typical tourist going to Tijuana for “two for one” margaritas and donkey/zebra photos.

For more on the killings:

The San Diego Union-Tribune,   KPBS-San Diego,      The Los Angeles Times

2 responses to “On those Tijuana killings

  1. Anna,
    It’s like the border is stalking you, no matter where you go!
    You hit the nail on the head with Mexico’s struggle between ingrained corruption and a desire for change. It seems the country’s future constantly hangs in the balance of these two forces, more often than not tipping to the side of violence.
    Do you think these ongoing eruptions of violence are a sign of desperation in the face of change or, sadly, business as usual?

  2. Change comes in such small increments that sometimes it’s hard to measure. There’s definitely an upheaval taking place, but what it will be replaced with and how things operate after the dust settles are yet to be determined.

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