The Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán is a war zone and the situation will worsen without federal intervention, according to attendees at a virtual conference organized by public policy think tank México Evalúa.
Jenny Pearce, a political scientist at the London School of Economics who specializes in Latin America, told Tuesday’s security-focused conference that she was extremely concerned about the situation in Tierra Caliente, a notoriously violent region of Michoacán that borders both Colima and Jalisco.
“… I’m hearing a lot from my friends in Tierra Caliente and … they’re suffering displacement, highway blockades [set up by organized crime groups], they can’t get food. It’s really a situation that I acknowledge as a state of war, it is war,” she said.
“The state ultimately has to take this problem seriously. I don’t see any progress if there is no federal policy against what is happening. It’s a war … [and] it needs an immediate response,” Pearce said.
If there is not urgent federal intervention, the “war” will continue to escalate, the academic said, referring to the conflict between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Cárteles Unidos.