For Spokesman of the Presidency of the RepublicJesus Ramirez Cuevas, The “hugs, not bullets” strategy that the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador deployed during the four years of his government.
“When you say ‘hugs, not bullets’, you are not there to support impunity and nothing is being done against crime, criminals should be punished,” he said in an interview. Adriana Delgado for El Dado en la Laga from Heraldo Media Group.
He explained that López Obrador began his government in December 2018 under a “very complex national level” security situation, but that the new strategy has allowed circumstances to change in much of the country. Today, he said, “extreme violence” is concentrated in no fewer than six states, where special operations have already been deployed.
“But it is something that has to be done sensibly, with strategy, with the least amount of damage to society, the least impact on the economy,” he said.
He cited the example of the so-called Kuliakanazo of October 2019, when stopped Ovidio Guzmán, Joaquin, another of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, was identified as the son of El Chapo Guzmán, but after the drug trafficker threatened to incite riots in Culiacan, they released him.
“This confrontation was going to have very serious social consequences,” he said.
Ovidio Guzmán was recaptured on 6 January in the town of Jesús María in Sinaloa, leading to a confrontation that left 10 soldiers and 19 alleged criminals dead.
The General Coordinator of Social Communications of the Presidency also assured that as the last third of the six-year term is reached, López Obrador and his government are focused on delivering results and completing pending tasks in social, economic and security matters.
“We are in the last third of the government and now our focus is on delivery of results, pending works,” he said.
He stressed that there has been a 23 per cent reduction in intentional killings over a six-year period from now to the end of 2022, and a reduction in most crimes, such as femicide and vehicle theft.
However, Ramírez Cuevas also blamed the judiciary for putting the brakes on the impeachment.
“Today we see judges that despite the fact that – let’s say – very successful operations are carried out, the criminals concerned are arrested, but what happens? Let the judges release them,” he said.
Regarding the fight against arms smuggling coming into Mexico primarily from the United States, he stressed that coordination with the Joe Biden government is moving forward to stop it, but he also stressed that The demands put forth by the Ministry of External Affairs are moving forward so that gun shops in that country accept their obligations.
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