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The CDMX metro will have more members of the National Guard than states with high rates of violence

Members of the National Guard arrived at the CDMX Metro facilities for their protection on the instructions of Claudia Sheinbaum.  (GRACIELA LÓPEZ / DARKROOM)
Members of the National Guard arrived at the CDMX Metro facilities for their protection on the instructions of Claudia Sheinbaum. (GRACIELA LÓPEZ / DARKROOM)

Given the incidents and failures reported in the Collective Transportation System (STC) Meter of Mexico City recently, which have injured more than 100 people and claimed the life of the young woman yaretzi adrianathe capital government requested the unprecedented deployment of six thousand 60 members of the National Guard.

“Yesterday afternoon I allowed myself to speak with the President of the Republic and request the presence of the National Guard in the Mexico City Metro, this was accepted,” Claudia Sheinbaum acknowledged during Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s conference of January 12.

In the afternoon of that same date, the uniformed officers began to circulate through the stations of some of the busiest lines on the network. The reason for the numerous operation, according to the CDMX head of government herself, was the “atypical” of mishaps reported during the first days of 2023, which he considered “episodes out of the ordinary.”

The presence of the GN in the CDMX Metro responds to suspicions of an alleged sabotage against Sheinbaum.  (ROGELIO MORALES / DARK ROOM)
The presence of the GN in the CDMX Metro responds to suspicions of an alleged sabotage against Sheinbaum. (ROGELIO MORALES / DARK ROOM)

In other words, the decision was made on suspicion that the accidents might have been caused as part of a sabotage to the president of the National Regeneration Movement (Brunette).

It is intended, then, that the thousands of national guards support the surveillance and protection of users. “The elements of the National Guard are already arriving at the Metro stations. They are not armed, their objective is to guarantee the safety of users in this transport system, ”Sheinbaum Pardo shared on his social networks.

When making a comparison between the number of uniformed officers that will be in the Metro with the troops deployed in other states of the country, it is possible to detect a noticeable difference.

According to data from the Ministry of National Defense (sedena) submitted on January 3, 2023, a total of 128 thousand national guards.

Of this number, Mexico City and the State of Mexico were the entities with the largest number of members of the corporation, since they had 16% (20 thousand 605) Y 10% (13 thousand 81) of the national total, respectively.

However, states in which a high crime rate persists, mainly derived from the presence of drug trafficking groups, do not have the same military personnel that the Metro will have.

The CDMX and the Edomex are the entities with the most elements of the GN.  (Government of Mexico)
The CDMX and the Edomex are the entities with the most elements of the GN. (Government of Mexico)

One of the best examples is Tamaulipas, where they have been deployed just two thousand 665 national guards. Said state currently lives under the siege of multiple cells emanating from the Gulf Cartel (such as the Northeast Cartel) and the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).

In sinaloaUntil the date the Sedena report was presented, there had been three thousand 989 elements of the National Guard. The figure was updated until before the capture of Ovid Guzman, The mouse, of January 5. After the fall of the son of shorty Guzmán, the state arrived 1,800 more soldiers (1,500 for surveillance operations and 300 to provide social assistance).

Even with the additional deployment of agents, in Sinaloa there would be less presence of the GN than in the capital’s Metro.

The elements of the GN began to arrive at the CDMX Metro since the deployment was announced.  (MARIO JASSO/CUARTOSCURO)
The elements of the GN began to arrive at the CDMX Metro since the deployment was announced. (MARIO JASSO/CUARTOSCURO)

In Jaliscoaccording to the report by Luis Crescencio Sandoval, they would have entrusted four thousand 500 troops of the institution for security work. The data presumably already contemplated the operation of around two thousand soldiers implemented to search for Colonel José Isidro Grimaldo Muñozkidnapped by the CJNG on December 10.

It should be mentioned that, outside of CDMX and the State of Mexico, no demarcation reaches the number of national guards that the Metro will have. The state with the closest presence is Michoacán, where 4,640 members have been assigned.

To mention other areas of the national security strategy, the number of members of the GN that will travel through the platforms and wagons of the capital’s transport exceeds the personnel assigned to the 32 customs offices in the country (four thousand 972 agents) and the thousand 733 uniformed men who participate in surveillance and interception of drug trafficking routes throughout the Mexican territory.

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