Oaxaca Update/Letter to Biden Made PublicBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 09/20/2021 - 11:26
Highlighting Oaxaca. Today’s morning press conference took place in Oaxaca, where its governor, Alejandro Murat, highlighted that poverty in the state has fallen 2 percent, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). Extreme poverty has decreased by 1 percent. The head of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), Luis Cresencio Sandoval, added that within Oaxaca, transportation theft is on the rise. For all of 2020, there were 327 thefts, he said. So far this year, there have been 213. Femicide is also on the rise, with eight events in July. To date, there have been 27 cases compared to 36 for all of 2020. Finally, Deputy Minister of Land and Agrarian Planning David Cervantes Peredo commented on the investment in earthquake-related reconstruction work. He said that more than MX$33.6 billion (US$1.6 billion) had been allocated to repair damage.
Explosion near Salamanca restaurant. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) may investigate an explosion on Sunday afternoon outside a restaurant in Salamanca, Guanajuato. “I regret the events, the loss of two human lives: the owner of the restaurant and the manager, and one injured. According to the information we have, they went to deliver an alleged gift because the owner was celebrating his birthday with the workers, and they both came out, and it was an explosive. This caused their death. We send our condolences to their family and friends.” According to officials, two people on a motorcycle handed a box to two other people outside the establishment, and when they opened it, it exploded. “This is not the first time that this has happened,” López Obrador said. “In fact, in Guanajuato, (crime groups) have begun to use explosives to commit crimes and try to create terror.”
Migration letter. López Obrador published the letter he sent to US President Joe Biden about the migration issue in Mexico, in which López Obrador asked the US to finance the Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life) and Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro (Youth Building the Future) programs in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, and thus prevent the people from being forced to leave their countries. The letter highlights that the migration phenomenon requires a completely new approach and recognizes that it is necessary to bring order to the flow to avoid disorder and violence while guaranteeing human rights. The letter also called for the immediate implementation of the two programs in the three Central American countries with the greatest migration. “If this action were to be applied immediately in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, 90,000 people could be kept in their countries, of all those who emigrate due to lack of work.” Finally, López Obrador asked Biden “to sign agreements with those enrolled in these programs to offer them in the medium term, in an orderly manner and according to demand, work visas. With this, no one would be harmed because it is known that the great presiding nation requires additional workforce to fuel its economic growth.”
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