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Mexico: Drug violence in Tamaulipas state causes mass displacement

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 26 November 2010
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Mexico: Drug violence in Tamaulipas state causes mass displacement, 26 November 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4cf35e532.html [accessed 13 July 2014]
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Mexico: Drug violence in Tamaulipas state causes mass displacement

Up to 400 people have been displaced from Ciudad Mier, a locality in Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas, as a result of intense fighting between two warring drug cartels, the Zetas and the Cartel del Golfo (Gulf Cartel). The violence, which has continued through most of 2010, escalated earlier in November, when the leader of the Gulf Cartel was killed by the marines. The Zetas reportedly directly threatened Ciudad Mier's inhabitants, saying that those who remained would be killed.

The people internally displaced fled to Ciudad Miguel Alemín, where they took shelter in a community hall. On 17 November, a security official of the state of Tamaulipas declared that people were returning to Ciudad Mier, but local leaders reported that the people still remained displaced and could not return because the violence was continuing. Violence caused by these drug cartels extends to up to 11 municipalities in Tamaulipas and also to neighbouring states. 

See also: IDMC Mexico country page

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