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Weekly Report - 23 July 2020 (WR-20-29)

MEXICO: CJNG cocks a snook at López Obrador

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was upstaged in spectacular but sinister fashion on 17 July. López Obrador’s visit to the violence-torn states of Colima, Guanajuato, and Jalisco was overshadowed by the release on the same day of a video by the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) drug-trafficking organisation (DTO) which went viral on social media. The video was a naked display of pure military power. The fact that it was followed days later by the release of new figures showing a record level of violent homicides in Mexico in the first half of 2020 poured cold water on the notion that the López Obrador administration’s alternative strategy for improving public security is delivering progress.

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