Mexico does not seem to want the US to take action against gangs in Mexico. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated that he would not allow a foreign intervention. Lopez said, “Since 1914, there hasn’t been a foreign intervention in Mexico and we cannot permit that.” The total number of victims of violent deaths since Lopez Obrador took office in December 2018 is approaching 20,000, according to Mexico’s own national public security system.
In mid-October, shootouts between cartels and police in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán killed over 30 people. And a 12-hour criminal assault on Culiacán, Sinaloa, left 13 people dead, including at least three civilians. Mexicans don´t have a lot off confidence in their leader and are wondering if Mexico even has a President. By early November, the hashtag MexicoNoTienePresidente was trending on Twitter.
President Donald Trump’s plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organisations triggered a debate in Mexico that is still heating up. The debate goes back to November 4, when alleged members of the La Linea drug cartel killed 17 members of three Mormon families. After the horrific incident members of one of the families, the LeBarons, sent a petition to the White House urging Trump to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist groups. The LeBarons petition said: “Their unbridled acts of violence and murder have overrun our borders and created an international crisis. “They are terrorists, and it’s time to acknowledge it!”
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