News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Dec. 2,
2019: Dozens of peace activists took to the streets of Mexico City Sunday to
call on Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to resign even as another
gun battle between suspected cartel members and police left at least 21 dead.
People with signs reading “AMLO resign” took
part in the march on the anniversary of López Obrador’s first year in office, a
day after a shootout in the small town of Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state
located about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Four police officers were among nearly two dozen
people killed after security forces engaged in an hour-long gun battle with
suspected cartel members Saturday.
The armed group of suspected cartel members stormed
the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks, attacking local government
offices and prompting state and federal forces to intervene. Ten alleged
members of the Cartel of the Northeast were initially killed in the response.
The killing comes on the heels of a drug cartel
ambush that killed nine Americans in early November, focusing world attention
on rising violence in the country.
is facing growing criticism for his government’s “hugs, not bullets”
policy of not using violence when fighting violent drug cartels.
López Obrador is facing growing criticism for his
government’s “hugs, not bullets” policy of not using violence when
fighting violent drug cartels.
Mexico’s murder rate has increased to historically
high levels, inching up by 2 percent in the first 10 months of the presidency
of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Federal officials said recently that there have
been 29,414 homicides so far in 2019 – up from 28,869 over the same period last