Mexico‘s president stood bold Wednesday amidst installing criticism of his federal government’s policy of using “hugs, not bullets” when fighting drug cartels after 9 Americans– consisting of 6 kids— were gunned down by sicarios on Monday.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador brushed off criticisms versus his government’s position and restated Wednesday throughout his day-to-day media instruction that violence was not the answer or suitable reaction to the growing deaths at the hands of cartels.
” It was lamentable, painful since kids died, however do we wish to fix the issue the very same method (as previous administrations)? By declaring war?” he asked. “That, in the case of our country, revealed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.”
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico, remained defiant over his “hugs, not bullets” position on battling drug cartel violence..
” We are carrying out a various policy because the policy that was used throughout 36 years was a definite failure and it triggered a great deal of damage, a great deal of sadness, a great deal of deaths, a lot of losses for Mexicans,” he added. “We will not continue with the same and we will show that our proposition works, in spite of it not being simple. We are confident that we will attain good results.”
His comments came two days after nine Americans– 3 ladies and six children– were gunned down by cartel members in an ambush in the northern state of Sonora. Authorities have actually stated they think the shooters might have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a competing gang amidst a vicious grass war.
Eight young kids– consisting of an 8-month-old baby– survived the attack by hiding in the brush and even though they were injured, some strolled miles to get assistance.
Clockwise from top left: Dawna Langford, Trevor Langford, Rogan Langford, Christina Marie Langford Johnson, Kristal Miller, Rhonita Maria Miller and twins Titus and Tiana, and Howard Miller. (GoFundMe).
All the victims are thought to be members of the extended LeBaron household, who reside in a religious neighborhood in La Mora, northern Mexico, a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 70 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mexican officials revealed late Tuesday that a suspect was jailed near the Arizona– Mexico border in connection to the deaths. The suspect was holding two hostages who were bound and gagged inside an automobile, which was bulletproof and consisted of 4 assault-type rifles, officials stated.
The Agency for Crook Investigation said in a statement on Facebook the suspect was discovered in the town of Agua Prieta, ideal throughout the border from Douglas, Arizona. The suspect was holding two captives who were bound and gagged inside a vehicle.
The brazen daytime attack on Monday reignited questions concerning whether Lopez Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security policy of not engaging fatal drug cartels with violence was actually working.
Because taking workplace in December, Mexico is on track to record more than 32,000 murders this year. In the last month alone, the country has been plagued by at least 3 lethal high-profile attacks – including Monday’s – at the hands of cartel members.
The front page of Mexico’s Reforma paper led the criticism versus Lopez Obrador, stating his government “washed its hands … and declined help.” This was in referral to the Mexican leader turning down President Trump’s deal for aid from the U.S. armed force in appealing drug cartels
Meanwhile, El Universal ran an editorial stating that the daylight attack between Chihuahua and Sonora “verifies that the (government’s) security method requires an immediate modification to remedy the errors or to adopt a brand-new direction.”
” Almost absolutely nothing has changed in regard to what has actually occurred in the last years in the nation,” it stated. “Minatitlan, Coatzacoalcos, Uruapan, Aguililla, Teopchica, Culiacan, Bavispe … all of the locations are referrals to the bloody incidents registered this year.”
Members of the Lebaron family see the burned car where part of the nine murdered family members were killed and burned during a gunmen ambush on Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5,2019
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” Conciliatory messages and calls to lawbreakers do not seem to be enough; since of the occasions, it needs to be noted that they do not seem to fear the force of the State. Checking out other alternatives sounds obligatory.”
The president used the catchy expression “hugs not bullets”— or “abrazos, no balazos” in Spanish– in his pledge to clean out violent drug cartels, not by waging war, but instead changing neighborhoods by tackling what he said is at the root of the issue: extreme hardship.
On Wednesday, Lopez Obrador said he would not sway from his position, stating that “violence can not be confronted with violence.”
” The bad can not be confronted with the bad. The bad needs to be challenged doing the great,” he included. “Our company believe that the most important (thing) is life, protecting the lives of everyone; the lives of the military, the lives of the assumed delinquents, and the lives of civilians.”
Lopez Obrador also referenced the botched arrest of a boy of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman last month, where a minimum of 8 individuals died in Culican while an army antidrug unit recorded and after that released Ovidio Guzman Lopez, who was desired by U.S. authorities on drug trafficking.
” If we had actually imitated they asked, urged us, there would have been more than 200 dead,” he stated.
The most visible element of a security technique under López Obrador was the creation of the National Guard. The brand-new force was supposed to fill the security void produced by corrupt, disbanded or outmatched police and to reduce the country’s dependence on the military for domestic policing.
A big portion of the guard, however, was detoured to immigration enforcement tasks under pressure from the United States.
It likewise remains uncertain how the National Guard fits with the social programs that Lopez Obrador says will assault the source of criminal activity in Mexico.
Edgardo Buscaglia, an expert at Columbia University with more than 2 decades of experience on anti-organized criminal offense, informed Fox News in a statement Tuesday that organized criminal offense in Mexico has thrived since Lopez Obrador and previous administrators have withstood the application of 29 institutional “anti-mafia” mechanisms that more than 60 nations have actually already embraced.
” No surprise that Mexico suffers high levels of paramilitary violence that oftentimes constitute acts of terrorism, such as the most recent Sinaloa Cartel’s paramilitary takeover of Sinaloa’s capital (Culiacan),” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.