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After series of accidents and mishaps, 6,000 National Guard troops deployed to Mexico City metro

In a move raising concerns about rising militarization, Mexico’s National Guard has been deployed to the capital’s metro system.

Mexico City’s metro is used by millions of people daily, and in recent months high-profile crashes and other mishaps have raised questions about its condition and maintenance.

But the capital city’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has raised the specter of something more nefarious — without presenting evidence — saying that the recent incidents have been out of the ordinary.

Mexico’s president has explicitly suggested the possibility that they were deliberately provoked. In response, more than 6,000 members of the National Guard are being sent into the metro to protect users. Tyler Mattiace, the Mexico researcher for Human Rights Watch, said the episode suggests paranoid thinking among national leaders.

“It's beyond parody,” he said. “It’s a blind faith in the military as the only solution.”

His organization has critically documented the dramatic expansion of military forces into a number of previously civilian roles.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.