The government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised a new strategy after taking power in December 2018 but has struggled to tame the cartel violence – even during the coronavirus pandemic.The number of disappeared was revised after an exhaustive search for cases that were recorded with state prosecutors and local authorities, but which never made it into the national databases, authorities said.Most victims were disappeared amid an epidemic of violence after the so-called “war on drugs” began in late 2006, data showed. About 1,523 of the cases relate to a period between 1964 to 2005.Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s deputy minister for human rights, said Mexico has since 2006 unearthed 3,978 clandestine graves, from which 6,625 bodies have been exhumed. Mexico on Monday raised the number of people listed officially as disappeared in the violence-torn country to 73,201, with most of them believed to be victims of brutal drug cartel warfare.The latest figures, revised from 61,000 in January, paint an ever-grimmer picture of the scale of bloodshed and suffering in Mexico, where a record 34,582 people were murdered last year.Mexico has been racked by violence for years as successive governments battled vicious drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in a fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting. Topics : Almost 30% of the graves have been discovered during the administration of Lopez Obrador, who has promised to focus on the issue.Despite Monday’s jump in the total number of disappeared, Encinas said disappearances had declined sharply in the first six months of the year, falling 36.6% compared to the same period last year.But some of the decline may be due to under-reporting during the pandemic, he added.
TOTTENHAM are desperate to land a new striker by Friday — but chairman Daniel Levy has set a £10million limit.Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who has agreed a £27m deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, is hoping to see a stand-in for crocked Harry Kane arrive this window.1 Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a striker to replace crocked Harry KaneCredit: Rex FeaturesBut chairman Levy, who yesterday turned Giovani Lo Celso’s loan from Real Betis into a permanent £27m deal, is infuriating other clubs by not getting anywhere near their asking fees.Levy only wanted to pay Milan £10m for Krzysztof Piatek even though they rate him at three times that figure.And he was only willing to shell out the same amount for Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose, even though he is available for £21m.Spurs are also looking at Benfica’s £15m- rated Haris Seferovic.Bergwijn, 22, arrived in London yesterday to finalise his move. He is poised to sign a 5½-year deal worth £90,000 a week.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs vs Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100His playing style is said to be a cross of Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen, who finally joined Inter Milan yesterday.Bergwijn, renowned for his electric turn of pace, has scored just five league goals in 16 games for PSV this season. But it is his record of setting up goals which is far more impressive.Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Bergwijn has been involved in 56 goals, with 29 of those assists.He impressed for PSV when Spurs beat them 2-1 in the group stage of the Champions League last season.The Amsterdam-born ace has continued to star for the Dutch giants this season, averaging a goal or an assist every 89 minutes.Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsTottenham hope that kind of form will not only help them find the net while Kane recovers from his injury but also when he returns.Bergwijn started as a kid in Ajax’s famous academy before PSV pulled off a coup by snatching him from right under their noses in 2011 when he was still 14.Leicester and Sevilla were both linked with him last summer.FA Cup 5th round draw: Man United face Southampton/Spurs while Chelsea at home to Shrewsbury/Liverpool