On Monday morning, at the Security Cabinet meeting that has been held every day in the National Palace since the beginning of the six-year term, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was informed that the number of intentional homicides reported by state prosecutors and agencies Federals for Sunday, July 4, had been 115.
The second worst day of the six-year term – in 2019 there was a day of 117-. Far from the monthly average for these years that is around 80. Baja California, State of Mexico, Puebla, Guanajuato, Michoacán and Morelos were the states that concentrated in this preliminary report around 60 percent of the totals reported for this past Sunday. .
At this rate, not Sunday, but the year, it will be the worst year since the day Felipe Calderón inaugurated the war against drug trafficking.
This is why the President has wanted in recent weeks to change the narrative on security and his strategy. We know that in this government everything is a morning narrative beyond concrete results and when the results do not arrive, then a new narrative.
The one these days goes more or less like this: the culprits of this violence and what is making the issue of security “cost us work” are the cartels and criminal organizations that were created during the neoliberal, conservative, corrupt stage … etc. What cartels have been created in these years? The President asked in the morning.
For 947 days, a little over 31 months, this government has been the government. And they were the government after months of transition where they were able to analyze, study, plan how to solve the most serious problem in the country for more than a decade.
The new strategy, the government insisted, was welfare (social programs) and an end to corruption. Almost three tens of millions of Mexican families, the President has said, have been receiving social programs for some time. And, for purposes of argument, there is already less corruption.
The other part of the strategy was the creation of the National Guard, that is, the federalization of security and the end of aid to create quality local police forces.
947 days later, there are 115 intentional homicides in one day. Yes, I understand, you have to change the narrative: they are those from before killing those from now … Damn conservatives!