More than 90 percent of respondents to an Imagen poll said that they thought the removal of the army will not make Juárez any less violent.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Army to Leave Juárez
Felipe Calderón has announced that the army will be leaving Juárez over the next couple of weeks. The army contingent will be replaced by 4,500 Federal Police troops and 3,000 local police. I wonder if this reflects a broader de-emphasis of the army in domestic security, or if it merely means that Calderón's government has concluded (and with reason!) that it hasn't worked in Juárez. These types of questions wouldn't linger unanswered if the government had a decent communications strategy, but unfortunately it does not.