Mexico City.- Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorpresident of Mexico, recognized the increase in intentional homicides in the country, where, in just over half of his six-year term, the total number of murders has already been exceeded registered in the administration of former president Felipe Calderonwho declared the “war against drug traffickers”.
In his morning conference, AMLO was questioned about the recent violent events reported in different parts of the country, especially the murder of three people in the Tarahumara mountains, including two Jesuit priests.
The President Andres Manuel recognized that there are already more homicides than the administration of Felipe Calderonhowever, justified by saying that, upon reaching the presidency in 2018, he received the item at its peak, contrary to the former PAN president in 2006.
“They say there are more murders now than in Felipe Calderón’s time. Yes, nothing more than us received the homicides to the top and Calderón did not receive it like that, ”he asserted.
When questioning whether it has been considered to change the security strategy of the Federal Government, AMLO ruled out this action, despite the increase in homicides, when there are still a little more than 2 and a half years left before the end of his six-year term.
“When they tell me to ‘change the strategy’ of security’ No! They are two things; address the causes because violence cannot be confronted with violence and zero corruption and zero impunity”, mentioned the Mexican president.
record in homicides
According to the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, in the month of May alone there were 2,883 murders, adding up to 121 thousand 642 intentional homicides so far in the AMLO government that began on December 1, 2018.
“The intentional homicide increased between last April and May, however, this May is the lowest for 5 years. The downward trend is maintained with a decrease of 7.8% compared to the maximum of 2018”, Rosa Icela Rodríguez said when presenting a security update in the country.
Mexico recorded the two most violent years in its history in the first two years of the López Obrador government with 34,682 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.
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The current administration in just 3 years and 5 months, exceeded the 120 thousand 463 intentional homicides that were registered in the six years of the government of Felipe Calderonwhen the then president began the so-called war against drug traffickers.
In recent days, President Andrés Manuel assured that half of the states in Mexico do not have violence, because it is concentrated only in some states.