MONTEVIDEO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou on Monday expressed his concern over the recent increase in homicides, which he blamed in part on rival drug trafficking organizations.
"We are concerned and alarmed by the number of deaths," the president told the press following a public event.
"A very strong frontal fight against drug trafficking" coupled with "closed borders complicating the entry of drugs into the country, leading to more competition, generates violence and violence generates homicides," said Lacalle.
As many as 11 homicides were registered in the seven days ending Friday, in a country of 3.4 million inhabitants.
According to the Interior Ministry, homicide reports (numbering 161) fell 11 percent in the first six months of Lacalle's government from March to August 2020, compared to the same period last year.
Security was the main concern among Uruguayans in recent years until the emergence of the novel coronavirus pandemic made health and the economy more overriding issues, according to opinion polls. Enditem