Mexico is known for its criminal gangs that make money from drug trafficking and racketeering. Last week, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador traveled to the region of the country that controls the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) drug cartel. On this occasion, the cartel’s fighters published a two-minute video showing their weapons, armored vehicles and ammunition.
Waving their arms and rifles, the members of the cartel shout: “Only Mencho’s people.” This is the nickname for their leader, one of the most wanted drug lords.
“They are sending a clear message that they are ruling Mexico, not Lopez Obrador, ” quoted Mike Vigil, former head of international operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, in The New York Times.
The President of Mexico, unlike his predecessors, has chosen a softer policy of combating criminal groups in the country. It tackles the root causes of their emergence: poverty and youth unemployment. But experts believe that the strategy of “hugs, not bullets” only encouraged the criminal groups that felt their impunity.