The former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón assured this Friday, during the National Convention of the Popular Party (PP) in Murcia, Spain, that during his term the levels of violence were reduced, despite the fact that no official report supports his claims.
“At the national level, homicides, after reaching a peak, began to decline and fell 21% in the last two years of my government, [fueron] real reductions in crime that gave welfare“, he assured in statements that immediately generated a wave of criticism in Mexico, since the data completely contradict the balance that he presumed in the forum, in front of the president of the PP, Pablo Casado.
In December 2006, as soon as he took office, Calderón launched a war against drug trafficking that generated an escalation of violence that still persists in the country today.
Thus, throughout 2007, for example, there were 10,452 homicides. By 2008, the number had already risen to more than 15,000. And in 2012, the last year of his government, there were more than 25,000.
Globally, During his six years in office, there were 132,065 homicides, representing a drastic increase of 86%. with respect to the 70,899 registered during the government of his predecessor, Vicente Fox (2000-2006).
Another tragic balance is the forced disappearances, since from the 60s to 2006, when Calderón began to govern, the complaints for this crime were counted by dozens per year. In 2007, at the end of his first year as president, 1,493 were reported, which marked the beginning of numbers that were breaking records.
In the end, his six-year term ended with a list of 26,500 missing persons. Today, there are more than 90,000.
With regard to the “welfare state” that Calderón claimed to have promoted, official statistics reveal that, in reality, in his six years in office poverty increased from 42.9% to 51.6%, which implies that there were more than 15.9 million new poor.
During his speech at the PP Convention, the former president assured that when he took office he had to face “a perfect storm” because “there was a policy of ‘letting do, letting go’, that criminals do whatever they want, (…) the police were eaten up by corruption and cartels. “
Nevertheless, He did not mention that Genaro García Luna, his former Secretary of Public Security, remains detained in the United States today.., accused as an accomplice of the Sinaloa Cartel, and who, with the support of pro-government media and journalists, organized montages to spread false successes of a war that was only leaving a trail of blood and impunity.
Calderón also made no allusion to the multiple complaints against him, some in international courts, where he is accused of crimes against humanity for human rights violations committed under the pretext of combating drug trafficking with a strategy that has never It undermined the power of the cartels, but rather reconfigured them.