Mexico opens 2,850-man military police base north of Cancun

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president has inaugurated a new, 2,850-member military police base just north of Cancun amid a rising wave of violence in the Caribbean coast resort.

It is unclear whether MPs will be patrolling the beaches, as they do at some other Mexican resorts.

But it is likely the new base in Isla Mujeres won’t be considered a hardship posting. It is located onshore opposite the island, but has new living quarters for military families.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Tuesday that Cancun and surrounding areas “should offer optimal security conditions for the millions of visitors who come here each year.”

In September, two Mexican marines were found stabbed to death in Cancun. In a single day in August, police found eight bodies strewn on the streets of Cancun.

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