Mexican president urges cartels to stop distributing care packages
He has requested that they redirect their 'helpful' behaviour toward quitting their violence
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, “These 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.