Mexico's Election Doesn't Ease Fears About Violence

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — As traffic hums along in this border city, car radios blare the optimistic promises of Mexico’s presidential hopefuls, all of whom say that if they are elected on Sunday, a new country will emerge.

But the assurances are eclipsed by a cloud of fear and uncertainty that hovers over the city and the nation, an atmosphere created by the murders of more than 55,000 people in Mexico since 2006.

Here in the state of Tamaulipas, more than 1,100 people were killed in cartel-related violence in the first nine months of 2011, according to statistics ...

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