Migration Alliance With US/ AMLO to Receive AstraZeneca VaccineBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:01
Incidence of homicides, femicides and extortion has not decreased. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recognized his government has not been able to reduce the incidence of murders, femicides and extortion. However, he highlighted that other crimes have decreased significantly. “With femicides, we are not avoiding responsibility, but it was not described that way before. All deaths, including those of women, were considered homicides, so there is an increase in both. In addition, to the increase of another crime, which is extortion. These are the three crimes with an increase. Everything else, kidnapping and robbery, are decreasing,” said López Obrador. He added that all violence has been a legacy of confronting violence with violence, declaring war and not addressing the true causes of violence.
Fewer clandestine graves. Deputy Minister of Human Rights and Population Alejandro Encinas announced that the number of clandestine graves found in Mexico is decreasing. “In 2020, there was a 33 percent decrease in the number of clandestine graves located and about 18 percent of the bodies recovered in these graves, compared to 2019 records. This trend continues during the first quarter of this year,” Encinas said.
More than 1,000 days of searching for missing persons. Head of the National Search Commission Karla Quintana stressed that since February 2019, more than 1,000 days have been dedicated to searching for missing persons. "Our search actions have been carried out over 1,413 days. In 2021, 233 investigations were carried out in 228 municipalities in Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi. Iguala is the municipality with the most search days," said Quintana.
Constant communication with US over migration issues. López Obrador said that he had a call with US Vice President Kamala Harris in which both agreed to have a periodic communication to discuss migration issues. López Obrador stressed that the new US administration has a great deal of respect for Mexico and migrants and said that both governments seek an orderly and safe migration. “Our concern is that we must protect migrants in the south of the country because there is a greater risk of violence in the north of the country,” said López Obrador.
Yesterday, López Obrador shared that he contacted Harris to discuss issues such as human trafficking and the protection of the human rights of minors. Harris is in charge of addressing migration issues in Central America. After the call, she thanked López Obrador for his cooperation and willingness to continue working to address the causes of migration in countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
AMLO thanks Cuba for help in combatting the pandemic. López Obrador thanked the Cuban government for its help during the pandemic, in which medical specialists were sent to support Mexico. "Cuba sent us more than 300 specialist doctors and they helped us a lot and I want to take this opportunity to thank them because they are currently leaving and returning to Cuba. It is time to thank them for this gesture of solidarity," said López Obrador.
Director of CONAGUA to be proposed as Ambassador of Mexico in France. López Obrador announced that he will propose the director of CONAGUA, Blanca Jiménez, as the new Mexican ambassador in France, after she announced that she was to leave her post and the country for family matters. "She is a highly respected specialist in the country and in the world. She is very good; we hold her in high esteem and we trust her and that is why we are going to propose her to the Senate." In addition, López Obrador announced that the former director of water systems, Germán Martínez, will be the new director of CONAGUA.
AMLO will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. López Obrador announced that he will be vaccinated with a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and assured that the risks from the vaccine are low. The vaccine has been linked to cases of thrombosis. López Obrador explained that the vaccine was applied in the Cuauhtemoc delegation and, therefore, it must be the one that corresponds to him because he resides in the National Palace. However, he does not know yet if he will go to a vaccination center. "I still do not know where I will get the vaccine, but I hope it helps people to have confidence. We need the vaccine to protect ourselves and we do not have to be afraid," López Obrador said.
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