Mexico sees most violent weekend so far in 2022
On Saturday night, authorities in Guanajuato were alerted to gunfire in Irapuato municipality. Upon their arrival, they found six men and six women dead inside a bar.
The latest spikes in organized violence recorded in the country, including shootings in San Miguel de Totolapan on Mexico's west coast, which left 20 people dead, including the town's mayor, have not driven Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to change his security strategy.
Lopez Obrador has said that his public security strategy has yielded positive results, often praising his peacemaking efforts with the slogan "hugs, not bullets."
However, since he became president in December 2018, over 34,000 homicides per year have occurred, with his administration reporting a slight slowdown in homicide rates while he pushes for the continuation of the military in public security tasks.
The Mexican Congress approved a bill earlier this month that will keep Mexico's military patrolling the streets, a move that has drawn concerns over the country's militarization of public security without a clear downturn in homicide rates.