Photo: Ciudad Mier, MExico's Narco Ghost Town
President Felipe Calderón traveled to Ciudad Mier to inaugurate a brand new Military base that he hopes will restore peace and order in the currently abandoned town.
The border town of Ciudad Mier in the State of Tamaulipas became a ghost town years ago, when its almost 63,000 citizens left the town, fleeing the daily clashes between the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel.
President Felipe Calderón traveled to inaugurate an army batallion of 500 men, in hopes of restoring peace and order, while encouraging area folks to come back to this ‘narco ghost town’.
“Thanks to the efforts of the military, nearly two thirds of the people that fled Ciudad Mier have returned,” Calderón said.
The president added that because of his “Operation Northeast” crime has significantly decreased, and the murder rate was been reduced 40% during the first half of the year.
However, the president was emphatic in clarifying this is a temporary fix.
“The Mexican Army’s presence will be temporary,” Calderón said. “It will allow local authorities to recruit and reform their own law enforcement.”