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Michoacan Governor Announces Ending the War Against the Cartels

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Michoacan Governor Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla announced that he and his government “have left behind the idea of continuing a war [against criminal organizations]” and will focus on addressing the causes, including poverty and marginalization. On Monday, the statement was made during a Michoacán Secretary of Public Security (SSP) parade.

During the event, the head of the SSP, José Ortega Reyes, stated that while insecurity has become a risk for the state and its citizens, the SP strategy has been reinforced to support critical areas. Ramírez Bedolla responded, “We have decided to work with all possible measures to achieve peace. We have left behind the idea of continuing a war that for decades has only aggravated the vision of violence. Today, we are heading towards the vision of Citizen Security, because we are working to address the causes that generate violence, such as poverty and inequality in historically marginalized communities.

He added that his government would create the necessary conditions to cement the training and the professionalism of the police, arguing that improved working conditions would decrease the rate of police officers defecting to organized crime. Over the past two years, Michoacan has recorded some of the highest levels of violence, including the second-highest homicide figures in the country.
In Aguililla, over 1,500 residents have fled their homes; while in Tepalcatepec, more than 3,000 residents have fled. Residents Apatzingán, Buenavista, Coalcomán, Múgica and Tomatlán continue reporting high levels of violence.

Source Twitter/GOB de Michoacan


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