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Latin American Weekly Report - 24 October 2019 (WR-19-42)

MEXICO: Capitulating to organised crime in Culiacán?

Under the threat of widespread and generalised violence in the city of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, the Mexican government decided to release one of the leaders of the Sinaloa/Pacífico drug trafficking organisation (DTO) it had managed to capture just hours before. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the decision insisting that it was taken with the protection of innocent people and the preservation of life in mind. However, the move has been widely criticised as a surrender by the Mexican state to organised crime that reflects the complete failure of the national security strategy followed by the López Obrador administration.

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