Cuban Protests/Tabasco Crime RateBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 07/12/2021 - 11:17
Cuban protests. Given rare protests on Sunday in Cuba, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, holding his daily news briefing from the state of Tabasco, said that support by way of vaccines, medicine and food would be offered to the country. He also asked that the U.S.-led blockade on the island be suspended. “I want to express my solidarity with the Cuban people. I believe that a way out should be sought through dialogue, without the use of force, without confrontation, without violence. And it must be the Cubans who decide because Cuba is an independent, free country and sovereign. There should be no interventionism, the health situation of the Cuban people should not be used for political purposes, that should be left aside.” López Obrador stressed that Cuba had shown its solidarity with Mexico in difficult times and that Mexico seeks to return that aid. In a rare display of discontent against their government, thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to demonstrate amid the COVID-19 and economic crises.
Crime and violence in Tabasco. Head of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) Luis Cresencio Sandoval announced that as of May, Tabasco ranked 21st for crime in the country, with 1,307 homicides and 126 shootings reported so far this year. “Coordinated work is being carried out with the government of Tabasco to reduce these crimes, including intentional homicide," Sandoval said.
AMLO: No political persecution against Guajardo. López Obrador denied that a corruption investigation against former government official Ildefonso Guajardo was an act of political persecution. Guajardo was he economy minister during the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) and negotiator of the new trade treaty between Mexico, the US and Canada (USMCA) that replaced NAFTA. The president said that if Guajardo has not done anything wrong, he does not have anything to fear, but that if evidence of corruption is found, there would be consequences. “During the years 2014 to 2018, this individual, as a public servant, probably obtained an unjustified increase in his (wealth), of which he could not prove its legal origin,” said López Obrador. Prosecutors say Guajardo is suspected of illegal enrichment.
COVID-19 and young people. After Mexico recorded 62 new deaths and 3,779 new infections from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, López Obrador asked the youth of Mexico to moderate their actions and take care not to get COVID-19. “I take this opportunity to tell them to moderate themselves, to help us, it is not about shutting themselves up, forbidding or prohibiting, but to take care of themselves, because now they are the most susceptible to infection.”
Many options for presidency. López Obrador said that the fact that there are many women and men to replace him in the presidency makes him feel calm. He commented that there is a possibility for any candidate and that there will be no preference for one or the other. López Obrador has said he will hold a referendum on his presidency in March 2022 and that he would resign if the result went against him.
Click HERE for full transcript in Spanish