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President says Mexico will have clean cops

September 2, 2011 • World News


Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon gives his State of the Nation address at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Friday Sept. 2, 2011. Calderon said Friday that he will fight to the last day of his term to defeat the drug cartels that have taken over towns, police forces and institutions in parts of Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a state-of-the nation speech overshadowed by the death of 52 people in a casino fire, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Friday that he will fight to the last day of his term to defeat the drug cartels that have taken over towns, police forces and institutions in parts of Mexico.

Calderon also announced the creation of a federal prosecutor dedicated entirely to victims of violence after much criticism that his government had downplayed as “collateral damage” the innocents caught up in wars among cartels and in his crackdown on organized crime.

The prosecutor’s job will be to identify all victims so far, as the government has been asked to do, and find people who have disappeared at the hands of criminal groups, he said, “a major step to Login to read more

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