From January to June, Mexico recorded 17,493 homicides. Guanajuato stands as the most violent state, with 2,293 homicides. Authorities say this is the result of disputes between criminal organizations over drug sales control.
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) pointed violence as one of his administration’s main challenges. During his election campaign in 2018, he promised to change the strategy to combat insecurity and violence.
To comply with this, AMLO established a new security force called "National Guard," which consists of military, naval, and police officers.