Since Andrés Manuel López Obrador became president, 63,792 Mexicans have been murdered. There are no other details. That’s the Mexican government’s official figure on willful homicides from December 1 2018 to September 30 2020.
Mexico has always been uneasy and restless about its past. That’s why it is valid, legitimate and necessary to investigate former Mexican presidents.
For a moment, let us leave the dead from the pandemic and the violence in Mexico in peace. There will be time to speak about them.
It is a terrible and painful failure. There is no way to portray the more than 41,000 dead from the pandemic and the 55,000 dead from the violence as a success for the strategies of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government.
The photo came out good. But it was sad and painful, listening to the praise and falsehoods the president of Mexico had for the most anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant president of the United States in decades.
Until recently, Andrés Manuel López Obrador believed Donald Trump was racist. “Yes, yes,” he confirmed to me in an interview.
Once again, we learn about what police do thanks to videos recorded on cell phones. On Monday, May 4, around 9:30 pm, Giovanni López, a 30-year-old bricklayer, was in front of his home in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos in the Mexican state of Jalisco when he was detained by municipal police who arrived aboard several white pick-up trucks.
On the evening of April 20, just after 10, President Donald Trump launched an attack on immigrants. On April 22, shortly after 7 in the morning, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador severely criticized reporters for their tough coverage of his administration. What do Trump and López Obrador have in common?
There’s nothing quite like being a journalist in Mexico. On the one hand, those of us who wake up early enough have the chance every weekday to speak directly to the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, during his morning news conferences, known as “mañaneras.”
Last April I attended a “mañanera,” one of the morning news conferences the president holds every weekday, for the first time. I asked López Obrador (or AMLO, as he is known) about the incessant violence that has shaken Mexico for decades.