“Do not go to protect criminals”: López Obrador spoke of the violence in Guanajuato after hitting the “Marro”


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The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, referred to the violent events that occurred last Saturday in Celaya, Guanajuato, after the arrest of the mother, sister and cousin of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias “El Marro”, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, a criminal group dedicated mainly to fuel theft; and called on the population not to protect criminals.

“Little by little they are going to realize that we have to purify public life, the country’s economic, social, political situation was very broken That is why it is transformation, because it was not the economic crisis, the political crisis, no, it was a crisis in everything, decadence, a process of progressive degradation, getting worse, imagine how they let the huachicol grow, incredible.

Still what happened on weekend in Guanajuato is related to that, how it was allowed to grow so much with support structures, and here I take the opportunity to call on the people to not protect themselves from crime, before there could have been the justification that there was no way to have an income because the government was at the service of a rapacious minority, But now the government is meeting the demands of the people, resources are already being allocated to the poor people like never before.

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So there is no justification for saying: ´I am going to help because they are giving me groceries, I am going to be a support base for a group that is dedicated to committing crime. ´

Don’t get involved in that, there is a way to earn income with resources that are being channeled, do not try to protect criminals, because these groups, as in the case of Huachicol, They handle payrolls to deliver support per week, and that is why, when there is an arrest, when the National Guard intervenes, they go out to confront the National Guard, to burn cars, hopefully and it is understood that this is not convenient and that there is no need to be supporting these groups, that we are going to guarantee to all the well-being, We are doing it, so that no one is forced to take the path of antisocial behavior, “said the Mexican president.

The head of the Executive reiterated that his government’s security strategy “is not only the use of force”, but to address the causes of insecurity and violence.

(Photo: Courtesy Presidency)
(Photo: Courtesy Presidency)

“So, yes, we all have to help change, to behave well”he explained.

López Obrador announced that in the next few days the Security cabinet will render a special report on the operation that took place in Guanajuato, where the mother, sister and cousin of “Marro” were arrested.

“This had been going on for a long time and we have also been making decisions for three months or a little more”, he pointed.

“They are going to inform the members of the Security cabinet about Guanajuato Today I asked you to prepare a report to come here with you, we are going to do it like Thursday or Friday to inform you because it was a matter that deserves special treatment “, indicated the president.

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(Photo: Twitter)

López Obrador said that the response of Yépez Ortiz, who spread on social networks after the operation, “are expressions that all those whose interests are affected manifest.”

“Well, they are expressions that all those who are affected in their interests express them, manifest them, keeping the proportions, because they are like the protests they make against us, it is nothing more than that.”

The president acknowledged that the situation of violence in Guanajuato “has been uncontrollable” for a long time, that is why the federation intervened, since lives cannot be allowed to be lost.

PHOTO: DIEGO COSTA / CUARTOSCURO
PHOTO: DIEGO COSTA / CUARTOSCURO (Special Photographer /)

“We cannot allow it to fall into anarchy, into disorder, much less from the loss of human lives, since Guanajuato is a very serious situation that we have been facing for a long time and we have to act to avoid further bloodshed , many many dead, what is happening is very unfortunate, and to confrontations where women are murdered and children can be said to be gang fights, yes, but they are human beings, this cannot be allowed to happen ”, he stressed.

The president explained that the decision to carry out the operation in Guanajuato was a decision of the federal government, because it was an uncontrollable situation, he recalled that homicides in that state represent up to 20% of those committed in the country.

“Guanajuato means 25% to 20% of homicides in the country, one state, so that’s why the federation intervened. He intervened because it was an uncontrollable situation, and notice that where you suffered the most from violence, you suffered from violence is in the industrial corridor, the most populated part, now the biggest confrontation or the most violent actions, were in Celaya, then the people of Guanajuato can no longer live in peace“He assured.

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REUTERS / Sergio Maldonado (Sergio Maldonado /)

This weekend, the authorities murdered a hard blow to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel with the arrest of at least 26 members of the criminal group, which gets a good part of its income from the theft and sale of gasoline, in Celaya, Guanajuato.

The organization responded with the burning of several vehicles in the municipality and its leader, Yépez Ortiz, promised revenge through a video on social networks for the arrest of his mother, his sister and his cousin.

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