Calls for Free Elections/Back to SchoolBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 05/17/2021 - 11:50
Back to classes. Governor of Coahuila Miguel Ángel Riquelme announced that in-person classes would begin today in the region. "Today, Coahuila restarts classes. Today, 70 schools are returning in a face-to-face format, 20,000 students will be testing what it feels like to be in classrooms." The COVID-19 pandemic has kept a lid on face-to-face teaching across the country but restrictions are starting loosen as the vaccination campaign ramps up.
Crime rates. Governor of Durango José Rosas Aispuro highlighted a fall in crime rates in Coahuila and Durango in the first quarter of 2021, during which not a single kidnapping or trafficking crime was registered. "We closed 2020 in La Laguna with fewer high-impact crimes, and this trend was maintained during the first quarter of the year. We have also achieved a reduction in the crimes of femicide, extortion, home theft, and theft of motor vehicles, commuters and passers-by," said Aispuro. Afterward, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed that La Laguna, on the border on Durango and Coahuila, "will have healthy water" by 2023. To achieve this, López Obrador said arsenic treatment plants would be closed.
Complaints against AMLO. López Obrador said there is nothing to be ashamed about after he was accused by the National Action Party (PAN) and the Citizen Movement (MC) in comments before the Organization of American States (OAS) for interference in Mexico’s June electoral process. He also said that all citizens were free to lodge complaints with the OAS and the UN because there is no censorship in Mexico. López Obrador assured that electoral fraud was a bad habit that stained the name of Mexico, which he said is among the countries with the most incidents of this type. "That the votes are not bought, that there are no carry-overs, that there is no stuffing of ballot boxes, that the deceased do not vote as has happened before; do not falsify the minutes, do not let there be cheating in the elections. I repeat, be clean and free. We all have to help make democracy a reality."
Kidnapping in San Andrés Tuxtla. López Obrador assured that there would be no impunity in the case of the kidnapping of the mother of the municipal president of San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz. The woman has already been released. "Freedom was achieved, which is the most important thing, taking care of life in everything that has to do with homicides. In most cases, they are clarified, those responsible are punished and there will be no impunity for no one."
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