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Calderon Addresses Violence in Mexico with Travel Weekly

8 March 2011

In another interview, this time with Travel Weekly’s Arnie Weissmann, President Felipe Calderon addressed violence in Mexico, and what Mexico is doing to keep tourists safe.  Once again saying that violence is concentrated in certain areas of Mexico, Calderon also pointed out that other countries have higher homicide rates than Mexico, even though they don’t get as much press.

Said Calderon: “Most of the troubles we have are with gangs fighting other gangs. Mexico has more than 2,500 municipalities, and 80% of the problems are focused in 80 municipalities. Consider the rate of homicides per 100,000 people. Mexico has about 15 homicides per 100,000 people. Jamaica has about 60. Guatemala and El Salvador are closer to 70. And even some cities in United States, like Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New Orleans, have more homicides per 100,000 people than Mexico.”

Calderon told Weissmann that in addition to fighting all types of organized crime, government officials are paying close attention to popular travel destinations, and any incidents involving tourists are attended to at the federal level.

Read the full interview here.

President Felipe Calderon Speaks on Mexico’s Violence with AARP

4 March 2011

In a recent interview with Viva, the American Association of Retired People’s bilingual publication for Hispanics, President Felipe Calderon addressed tourist concerns about violence in Mexico.  Calderon told tourists not to worry, and reminded viewers that violence was limited to certain areas in Mexico.  Calderon also spoke about the growing community of retired people who have made a home in Mexico and live there happily; he said:

“Over 2.5 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico – half of them retire – and they live very peacefully.  For them, Mexico is a safe country, and we are always very alert to any incidents that may occur.”

Citing the over 20 million international tourists that came to Mexico last year, Calderon urged people to feel safe about coming to Mexico to both visit and to live.

Watch the full interview, with English subtitles, above.