Published On: Sat, Dec 16th, 2017

Ten years into Mexico’s deadly drug war, lawmakers give the military more power (LA Times)

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Thousands of protesters marched against it. Hundreds of human rights groups implored lawmakers to reject it.

Even the United Nations warned of its dangers. But on Friday, Mexico’s Congress hastily approved the Law of Internal Security, which gives the military broad new powers and solidifies its central role in the country’s drug war.

President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to sign the legislation despite criticism that it could fuel more violence. In many ways, the measure enshrines into law what has been happening in practice for more than a decade.

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It was late 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderon launched Mexico’s war on drugs by sending thousands of troops to his home state of Michoacan…

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