López Obrador rejects “help” from the US to fight organized crime

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told the United States on Friday that "don’t want help" to combat organized crime in the face of growing pressure from Washington for his government to fight drug traffickers.

"We tell them, and let it be heard well and heard far away: “We do not accept any intervention, we have sufficient capacity to confront organized crime, we do not want interventionism, we do not want help, in quotes, from anyone”"said the president.

López Obrador made these statements during the anniversary of the "patriotic defense" of the Port of Veracruz, which commemorates the resistance of the Mexican Armed Forces to the second US invasion of the country in 1914.

“The greatest teaching (of the historical fact) is that we are free, We are independent and we, Mexicans, have to settle our differences without the intervention of any country, of any power, of any hegemony. We are free and we are sovereign"the president said.

His speech also comes as friction grows between Mexico and the United States because Republican lawmakers They have proposed declaring war on the Mexican cartels and designating them as terrorists.

In addition, López Obrador accused the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Monday of infiltrating the Sinaloa Cartel without authorization from Mexico, after the US Department of Justice announced charges against its leaders, including Joaquin’s four sons "El Chapo" Guzman.

"There is talk in the United States of intervening and confronting organized crime, treating drug traffickers as terrorists and that for this reason they are going to come to help us, to support us in confronting organized crime."criticized the president.

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Faced with the accusations by the president of Mexico, one of the White House spokesmen, John Kirby, defended on Thursday that Washington has indicted 28 members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

While the United States ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, affirmed the same day that they did work with the Mexican government in the investigation against the Sinaloa Cartel.

"It has cost us a lot to assert our sovereignty and, even if it is a question, I repeat, of good intentions, they are matters that only correspond to us Mexicans"López Obrador remarked this Friday.

 

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