In response to concerns raised about the state of security in Mexico in the wake of the kidnapping of four Americans in northern Mexico earlier this month, during which two of the hostages were killed, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reportedly stated on Monday that his country is safer than the United States.
López Obrador stated that American visitors and Mexicans living in the United States were well educated on the safety of the country. He cited a recent growth in the number of Americans staying in Mexico as evidence for his claim.
He said that the criticism of the government’s approach to dealing with crime was part of a “anti-Mexico” campaign that was being waged by conservative and far-right politicians in the United States who intended to block the growth of the country.
In the year 2020, the rate of homicide was almost four times greater in Mexico than it was in the United States.
Mexico has long been plagued by a problem of crime and cartel violence. Criminal gangs, known as cartels, have controlled large portions of the country’s drug trade for decades.
The power and influence of these groups have led to a range of violent and criminal activities, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and murder.
Many politicians, police officers, and government officials have been accused of colluding with the cartels, either for personal gain or because of fear of reprisals.
The violence associated with the cartels has had a devastating impact on Mexico’s people and economy. The murder rate in Mexico has skyrocketed in recent years, with tens of thousands of people killed in cartel-related violence.
The cartels have also been involved in kidnappings and extortion, which have become a significant source of income for the criminal organizations.
This has led to a climate of fear and insecurity among the Mexican population, which has impacted tourism and foreign investment in the country.