AMLO denies violence in Chiapas and says it is worse in Guanajuato

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador maintained that there is a ‘media campaign’ and accused NGOs of promoting the idea that there is confrontation.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied that there are criminal gangs operating in Chiapas or that there is a situation of violence in the entity, despite the warning of various civil organizations.

“The groups that exist in Chiapas of the so-called non-governmental organizations and civil society that remained with the idea of the confrontation that occurred in Chiapas when the Zapatista movement”, he said this Wednesday during his morning press conference.

Instead, the president compared the state with Guanajuato and assured that in the latter, the situation of violence is worse.

“It has no comparison, for example, what happens in Chiapas with what is happening in Guanajuato”, he said.

López Obrador maintained that there is a “campaign” in the media, both in Chiapas and the rest of the Mexican Republic, that warns about the violence in the country.

He also argued that Chiapas “is the first place in the country” in poverty reduction. According to the president in that entity, this index contracted more than 10%.

“Poverty was reduced in all of Mexico in the time that we have been in the government, despite the pandemic, and inequality was reduced, but in Chiapas more than in any other part of the country”, he said.

Since mid-2023, various organizations have warned about the situation of violence in Chiapas.

Even the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced at the end of last year a restructuring of its organization in the face of the presence of organized crime and other threats in the region.

In February of this year, the Association of Evangelical Pastors of Tapachula announced that the violence of organized crime forced Christian churches to close in at least 10 municipalities of Chiapas, where drug trafficking disputes grow.

Source: Aristegui Noticias