Survey: 66% of Juarez Residents in Favor of International Intervention to Stop Drug Cartel Violence

Latin American Herald Tribune - CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Nearly all (93 percent) of the inhabitants of this violent Mexican border city say they feel insecure and 71 percent of them reject the presence of the Federal Police, according to a survey published by a local university. The 2nd Citizen Crime Perception Survey was presented Friday by the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez’s Social Research Center, which noted that there was slight improvement compared to the 2009 poll, when 96 percent of residents said they felt unsafe. According to the poll, 25 percent of those surveyed said they had been the victim of some type of police abuse in the past year. The survey also revealed that 66 percent of the residents of that Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, would be in favor of an intervention by international forces to solve the violent-crime problems.
Socorro Velazquez, head of the Social Research Center, said at a press conference that the survey shows “there are no safe places” in the city. “Six out of 10 say they feel ‘completely insecure’ in this border city. Then if we add the 33 percent of the population that say they feel ‘not very secure’ we have 93 percent of Juarez residents over the age of 18 who perceive the city to be unsafe,” Velazquez said. Read full story here: News New Mexico



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