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EMBRACING EVIL: Mexican president stands by ‘hugs not bullets’ strategy with cartel monsters after family massacre

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Mexico’s president stood defiant Wednesday amid mounting criticism of his government’s policy of using “hugs, not bullets” when fighting drug cartels after nine Americans – including six children – were gunned down by sicarios on Monday.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador brushed off criticisms against his government’s position and reiterated Wednesday during his daily media briefing that violence was not the answer or appropriate response to the growing deaths at the hands of cartels.

“It was lamentable, painful because children died, but do we want to resolve the problem the same way (as previous administrations)? By declaring war?” he asked. “That, in the case of our country, showed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.”

“We are carrying out a different policy because the policy that was applied during 36 years was a resounding failure and it caused a lot of damage, a lot of sadness, a lot of deaths, a lot of losses for Mexicans,” he added. “We will not continue with the same and we will show that our proposal works, despite it not being easy. We are confident that we will achieve good results.”

His comments came two days after nine Americans – three women and six children – were gunned down by cartel members in an ambush in the northern state of Sonora. Officials have said they believe the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

Eight young children – including an 8-month-old baby – survived the attack by hiding in the brush and even though they were wounded, some walked miles to get help.

All the victims are believed to be members of the extended LeBaron family, who live in a religious community in La Mora, northern Mexico, a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 70 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexican officials announced late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested near the Arizona-Mexico border in connection to the deaths. The suspect was holding two hostages who were bound and gagged inside a vehicle, which was bulletproof and contained four assault-type rifles, officials said.

The brazen daytime attack on Monday reignited questions regarding whether Lopez Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security policy of not engaging deadly drug cartels with violence was actually working.

Since taking office in December, Mexico is on track to record more than 32,000 murders this year. In the last month alone, the country has been plagued by at least three deadly high-profile attacks – including Monday’s – at the hands of cartel members.

The front page of Mexico’s Reforma newspaper led the criticism against Lopez Obrador, saying his government “washed its hands … and rejected help.” This was in reference to the Mexican leader rejecting President Trump’s offer for help from the U.S. military in engaging drug cartels.

Meanwhile, El Universal ran an editorial saying that the daylight attack between Chihuahua and Sonora “confirms that the (government’s) security strategy requires an urgent revision to correct the errors or to adopt a new direction.”

“Almost nothing has changed in respect to what has happened in the last decades in the country,” it said. “Minatitlan, Coatzacoalcos, Uruapan, Aguililla, Teopchica, Culiacan, Bavispe … all of the places are references to the bloody incidents registered this year.”

“Conciliatory messages and calls to criminals do not seem to be enough; because of the events, it should be noted that they do not seem to fear the force of the State. Exploring other options sounds obligatory.”

The president used the catchy phrase “hugs not bullets” – or “abrazos, no balazos” in Spanish – in his promise to clear out violent drug cartels, not by waging war, but instead changing communities by tackling what he said is at the root of the problem: extreme poverty.

On Wednesday, Lopez Obrador said he would not sway from his position, saying that “violence cannot be confronted with violence.”

“The bad cannot be confronted with the bad. The bad needs to be confronted doing the good,” he added. “We believe that the most important (thing) is life, protecting the lives of everyone; the lives of the military, the lives of the presumed delinquents, and the lives of civilians.”

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Cartel Attacks American Family Near Our 2nd Border Wall – Boy, 13, Killed

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This attack took place about 70 miles northwest of our second border wall in McAllen, Texas that we are constructing. It comes on the heels of a cartel attack last November that saw 9 American women & children from two families gunned down & killed. A Mexican police chief was arrested a week ago & is under investigation for helping the cartel that killed the Americans. It goes to show how much we need the wall to keep these terrorist organizations from operating within our borders.

“A 13-year-old was killed after an American family was attacked just outside Texas on their way home from a vacation in Mexico.

The family was traveling in a Chevrolet SUV with Oklahoma state plates on Saturday night when they came under fire along a highway that is disputed territory between some of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels, the Associated Press reported.

Armed gunmen killed the child and injured three others along the road that links the city of Mier with Nueva Ciudad Guerreroin in the state of Tamaulipas, just across the border from Falcon Heights, Texas.

The family had been returning to the U.S. after a visit to see relatives in the state of San Luis Potosi, according to the Associated Press.

The attorney general’s office in Tamaulipas said the child was a U.S. citizen and that the parents were permanent residents of the U.S. They did not release the victims’ names or any further details about the incident.

The Associated Press reported that the highway where the shooting occurred is considered high risk and runs through an area disputed by crime syndicates including the Gulf Cartel and Zetas.

Saturday’s shooting came two months after nine American women and children were killed on a dirt road between the states of Chihuahua and Sonora in Mexico as they traveled to visit relatives.

President Donald Trump said the family were killed after getting caught between “two vicious drug cartels” and he vowed to help Mexico “wipe them off the face of the earth.”

He tweeted: “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively.”

Last month, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory urging anyone traveling to Mexico to exercise increased caution as violent crime is widespread in the country.

Travelers were advised to avoid some Mexican states entirely, including Tamaulipas. The Level 4 advisory said: “Organized crime activity—including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault—is common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria.”

The advisory warned that criminal groups target public and private buses as well as cars traveling through the state, often taking passengers hostage to demand ransom payments. It added that “heavily armed” members of crime groups “operate with impunity particularly along the border region” and local law enforcement have “limited capability” in dealing with incidents.”

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Mexican Police Chief Arrested In Connection With Cartel Killing Of 9 Americans

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We all know Mexico is a failed narco-state & that many Mexican officials and law enforcement agents are on cartel payrolls. If this police chief is guilty of working with the cartel that killed 9 American family members, he and all involved should face American justice.

“JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The police chief of a northwestern Chihuahua town has been placed under federal custody, and Mexican media are linking his arrest to the murder of nine American citizens on Nov. 4.

Fidel Alejandro Villegas was taken into custody in Juarez on Christmas Eve by federal police and flown to Mexico City shortly after, the Mayor of Janos told Mexican media on Thursday. Villegas is the police chief of the town of Janos, some 30 miles southeast of Antelope Wells, New Mexico and 70 miles west of Juarez.

According to Milenio, a major Mexico City news portal, Villegas is being questioned in connection to the drug trafficking groups that operate in the region.

Both the Sinaloa cartel and La Linea, the remnants of the old Juarez cartel operate in the area and were engaged in a series of skirmishes in the days prior to the killing of nine members of the LeBaron clan of northwest Chihuahua. Three adult women and six children were killed when the three vehicles they were driving just west of the Chihuahua-Sonora border were shot at multiple times. A Mexico City police official days later named La Linea as the authors of the massacre.

So far, two brothers, Hector Mario and Luis Manuel Hernandez, also from Janos, have been arrested in connection with the shooting, the federal Attorney General’s Office said earlier. Members of the Hernandez family deny their relatives’ involvement in the killing.

Sebastian Pineda, the mayor of Janos, on Thursday told Mexico City radio news show MVS that “everyone has been taken by surprise” by Villegas’ arrest.

“It is a grave accusation. They are saying he’s involved in drug trafficking, with the massacre of LeBaron,” Pineda told the station, according to a recording of the interview.”

Vice is reporting:

“Villegas, the fourth person arrested in the case, was arrested on suspicion of colluding in the killing and working with cartels, and is awaiting trial in Mexico City. It’s likely authorities will now trawl through Villegas’ life to see if they can find cartel connections.

“They’re going to investigate his bank accounts and his financial history for evidence of bribes and paybacks and where they might have come from,” Emmanuel Gallardo, a Mexican journalist who covers organized crime, told the Daily Beast.

Police in the area are notoriously corrupt, and cartels exercise control over much of the region. Prosecutors have alleged Villegas is connected with La Línea, the enforcement wing of the Juárez Cartel, the Daily Beast reported.

The families were ambushed while driving between La Mora and Colonia LeBarón. The families were gunned down, and one car caught fire and burned the five people inside beyond recognition. Countless theories about what, exactly, happened have emerged in the weeks since. Mexican authorities have hypothesized they were accidentally caught up in a turf war between rival cartels, but the families disagree.

“We were deliberately targeted, used as bait to lure one cartel against another,” Life Langford, a cousin of some of the victims, told Reuters not long after the killings. “They shot us up, burned our vehicles to send a smoke signal into the sky.”

Very few details about Villegas’ arrest and the allegations against him have been made public. But a member of the LeBaron family said he was not surprised a high-level police officer was tied up in the case.

Julián LeBaron told the New York Times it was “common knowledge down here that the police work with the criminals.”

“They have a monopoly on security and they get paid a wage for protection, and later we find out that they participate in the murder of women and children,” he said. “These people take resources to protect us and they are murderers themselves.””

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