Addressing Grace Damage/Anaya AccusationsBy Sofía Hanna | Wed, 08/25/2021 - 11:05
Hurricane Grace. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that a census will be carried out in all the municipalities affected by Hurricane Grace and that aid will also be delivered to the population, with the support of the ministers of the Navy (Semar) and National Defense (Sedena). “They acted promptly, the entire federal government, the state government and the municipal governments. They will continue to help people. There is no budget limit. Whatever is needed, they will support the victims, the people affected,” López Obrador said. Veracruz was among the states most affected by the hurricane that made landfall on Mexico’s Gulf coast last weekend. Cuitláhuac García Jiménez, governor of Veracruz, commented that 24 municipalities in the Totonacapan mountain range and the lower Huasteca require urgent attention since they are areas that were in the path of the eye of the hurricane, which lifted roofs off houses and knocked down utility poles.
Veracruz affected. Laura Velázquez, the Director of Civil Protection, said that the census to be carried out in Veracruz will begin today. “It will be done house by house, by public servants in a very coordinated way. It will start today and it will end in a week. It is very transparent and meticulous. The data will be recorded, documents collected, a badge will be placed and a photographic survey will be carried out.” López Obrador announced that despite the conditions, students will return to face-to-face classes in Veracruz because most municipalities escaped the hurricane’s wrath. “The hurricane did not cause damage in most of the territory of Veracruz, To have an idea, Veracruz has 212 municipalities and we are talking about 62, so we will be able to restart classes in most municipalities,” López Obrador said.
Ricardo Anaya. After Ricardo Anaya published a video demanding the president appear before a judge accompanied by his brothers Pío and Martín López Obrador to face justice for their actions, President López Obrador said that he has nothing to do with the case regarding the accusations against his brothers. López Obrador added that he does not give orders to either the Attorney General's Office (FGR) or the judges of the Judicial Power. Later, when asked whether Anaya should appear before the FGR himself and assume responsibility for the outcome, López Obrador said, "He should do what he considers most convenient as long as he assumes his responsibility. He is being hypocritical and he knows it, he knows very well that I do not persecute anyone. I am not bad, I do not hate, I am not equal to them.”
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