The arms and ammunition exchange program in Mexico City in exchange for financial retribution “Yes to Disarmament, Yes to Peace” has achieved the exchange of 5 thousand 960 weapons, between long, short and large, and one million 90 thousand 544 ammunition, between bolts, sticks of dynamite and cartridges.
The head of the Government Secretariat, Martí Batres, indicated that since its implementation on January 21, 2019 and until September 10, 2021, voluntary disarmament has delivered a sum of 18 million pesos with economic benefits for 1,664 women and 2,924 men.
Batres Guadarrama called on citizens who have a weapon or ammunition at home, to exchange by way of anonymous and safe these artifacts from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the modules installed in the Cathedral of Iztapalapa del Señor Santo Sepulcro, in Iztapalapa, until September 13, and in the Parish of the Assumption of Mary, in Alvaro Obregon, until the 21 of the month.
The next modules, the official announced, will be installed as of September 13 in Venustian Carranza, Iztacalco and Miguel Hidalgo, in the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, until September 24, Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, until the 27 of the month, and Parroquia de San Gabriel Arcángel, until October 5, respectively.
Likewise, he recognized the Brigade for Peace that from January 21, 2019 to September 10, 2021, it has distributed 4 million 106 thousand 520 flyers in neighborhoods of the 16 municipalities.
Disarmament reduces crimes
The reinforcement event had the participation of Infantry Colonel Alejandro Orozco, from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena); Pablo Vázquez, Undersecretary of Citizen Participation and Crime Prevention in the SSC; the mayor of Gustavo A. Madero, Francisco Chíguil; the president of the Citizen Council for Security and Justice, Salvador Guerrero Chiprés, and Monsignor Pedro Tapia Rossete, general coordinator of Order and Security of the Basilica of Guadalupe.
Guerrero Chiprés stressed that social action is committed to promoting the culture of peace and advancing in security matters, reducing malicious injuries from fire devices.
“In the first seven months of this year, intentional homicide registered a 38% decrease and intentional firearm injuries fell 47%, both compared to the same period of the previous year,” he said.
Representing the Secretary of Citizen Security, Omar García Harfuch, Pablo Vázquez pointed out that this program contributes to ending violence and inequality.
“This action means a option for end violence armada which unfortunately translates into homicides and firearm injuries. On many occasions, violence affects the most vulnerable communities, so this is a factor of inequality that, if we attack it, we create conditions to equalize people within the city ”, he considered.
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Subsequently, the SSC handed over 69 short weapons, 15 long weapons, eight grenades, 4,748 stocks and 5,962 cartridges to Sedena for destruction, collected from August 9 to September 10 in the safe exchange modules of nine municipalities : Magdalena Contreras, Xochimilco, Benito Juárez, Tláhuac, Milpa Alta, Cuajimalpa, Iztapalapa, Gustavo A. Madero and Álvaro Obregón.