People stand before the body of a person killed during a clash between villagers and state police officers in Arantepacua. AFP / ENRIQUE CASTRO
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The year is not yet over, but the number of murders committed in November reached 23,101, according to a government registry of violent deaths, the highest count since the tally was launched in 1997, and topping the 22,409 killed in 2011 when big drugs cartels started to fracture.The statistics do not show how many of the deaths were linked to narco-trafficking, but experts believe most were attributable to the wave of drugs-related violence that has risen incessantly since 2006, when the government launched all-out war on Mexico's powerful cartels. WHO figures show that in 2015 Mexico was suffering 19 murders per 100,000 people, but De la Fuente, who participated in a multidisciplinary study of the impact of violence on society, puts that figure at at least 22 per 100,000 .According to government data, drug consumption has in fact increased by more than 40 percent since 2010 .In other cases, people display the phenomenon of "normalization" or "habituation" to the endless violence that is incorporated into daily life, from school children learning how to protect themselves during shootings to drugs lords being lionized in television shows or in the folk ballads known as "narco-corridas".
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