Security & Strategic Review - June 2022

MEXICO: GN in spotlight over student killing

Mexico’s national guard (GN) has proved controversial since its launch in June 2019. On its creation, human rights groups raised concerns over tasking a militarised force to police civilians, not least given the patchy human rights record of the Mexican armed forces. Local NGOs also objected to the use of the GN to reinforce border security, while many raised eyebrows over President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s apparent U-turn from the anti-military rhetoric of his presidential campaign [SSR-21-11]. As the GN has undertaken an increasingly wide array of duties and moved further away from any original civilian elements, concerns have mounted, contributing to wider worries over militarisation under López Obrador. The debate came to a head on 27 April, when the GN shot dead a university student.

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