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Weekly Report - 06 August 2020 (WR-20-31)

MEXICO: Pandemic deaths overshadow big blow to organised crime

Mexico’s security forces have arrested one of the country’s most wanted criminals. The detention of José Antonio ‘El Marro’ Yépez Ortiz, the leader of the Cártel Santa Rosa del Lima (CSRL) criminal organisation, is widely seen as the biggest blow delivered to organised crime by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Under normal circumstances such a coup would provide a political boost for the government and its claims that it is fighting criminality. But with rising death and infection rates from the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in Mexico, the government’s handling of the public health emergency and linked economic crisis remains the firm focus of public attention.

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