National: Protest to Say “Militarization Is Not the Solution”

@Reporte Indigo

On September 3rd, the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies approved the initiative of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that grants the Ministry of National Defense total control of the National Guard with 264 votes in favor, 212 against, and one abstention. The project was turned over to the Senate of the Republic for its analysis and eventual ratification.

In accordance with the position defended by the groups of MORENA, the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) and the Labor Party (PT), the purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the institutional consolidation of the National Guard as a permanent, professional and disciplined body assigned to the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, under the operational and administrative control of SEDENA.

The next day, a journalist asked Lopez Obrador why he had changed his mind, when during his campaign he made clear his opposition to militarization and promised to return the military to their barracks in six months. “I changed my mind, on seeing the problem that they left for me”, AMLO acknowledged.

Given this, various groups and organizations such as Amnesty International and Security Without War rejected militarization in Mexico. The Security Without War collective, which includes more than 300 organizations, called for an evening for peace, which took place on September 5th. They marched from the Angel of Independence to the Senate with slogans such as “Senator, Senator, do not betray the nation” and “Obrador, Obrador, you already seem like Calderon”, and painted slogans such as “Murderers”“Your war, our dead” and “Militarization is not the solution.”

For more information in Spanish:

Protestan contra militarización de la Guardia Nacional frente al Senado(Desinformemonos, 7 de septiembre de 2022)

Cientos marchan contra la militarización (La Jornada, 7 de septiembre de 2022)

«La militarización no es la solución»: ciudadanos, colectivos y activistas se manifiestan contra la reforma de la Guardia Nacional (Animal Político, 6 de septiembre de 2022)Cientos de personas rechazan la militarización de la Guardia Nacional frente al Senado (El País, 6 de septiembre de 2022)

Morena vota en bloque, con 264 a favor, de que Ejército controle Guardia Nacional; hubo dos diputadas disidentes y 10 ausencias (Animal Político, 3 de septiembre de 2022)

Centro Prodh llama al Senado a no convalidar reformas a la Guardia Nacional(Aristegui Noticias, 3 de septiembre de 2022)

#LaMilitarizaciónNoEsLaSolución, está en manos de los y las legisladoras frenar ese proceso: Amnistía Internacional (Amnistía Internacional, 2 de septiembre de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: AMLO Government Continues to Opt for Militarization To Combat Organized Crime(August 16, 2022)
National: CSOs against Presidential Agreement Passing GN to SEDENA (August 13, 2022)
National/International : ‘Amicus Curiae’ Presented over Risks of Militarization of Migratory Strategies (June 17, 2022)
National: AMLO Creates Military Company to Run Megaprojects (February 15, 2022)
National: Army Will Be in Charge of Security of 29 Airports in Mexico (October 28, 2021)

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