Mexican president urges cartels to stop distributing care packages

He has requested that they redirect their 'helpful' behaviour toward quitting their violence

1y ago

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has rejected the help being given by criminal gangs in the country to help the vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis.

These gangs have been distributing care packages to those experiencing financial difficulty all over the country. They have been said to include rice, sugar, oil, shampoo, and toilet roll.

Among those participating is the daughter of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, a gang boss currently serving time in prison, who has been delivering care packages emblazoned with the face of her incarcerated father.

The president held a news conference in which the message was clear; cartels can better help people by quitting their criminal activity. He said, β€œThese criminal organisations have been seen distributing the packages, this isn’t helpful. What helps is them stopping their bad deeds.”

This is in keeping with his approach to tackling cartel dealings in the country thus far, which has been to draw their attention to the damage and suffering they are causing, rather than managing it head on.

The president has come under fire for this, along with his reluctance to contribute to struggling businesses and employees amidst the COVID-19 crisis, which has seen the country's economy all but grind to a halt.

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Comments (7)

  • Maybe instead of barking at the cartels, the government should reflect on why they're doing a better job of delivering services and helping out the community than the state is. Just a thought...

      1 year ago
  • Maybe he should decriminalize drugs. πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

      1 year ago
  • I think it’s crazy that they are not β€˜allowed’ to help out, but I also kind of get it. The money used to get those packages was and is still earned through terrible, sometimes heinous, crime. It would probably not make a President who works against the Cartels look very trustworthy. I also believe that it should be the Mexican Government distributing Care Packages, not Criminal Organizations.

      1 year ago
  • And what is Mexican government doing?

      1 year ago