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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 April 2020

On 2 April Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador openly disagreed with the latest 2020 GDP growth forecast made by the federal finance ministry (SHCP), insisting that he is “optimistic” about Mexico’s economic prospects this year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 April 2020

On 1 April the association of state governors from the right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (Goan) called for the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to provide emergency funds to state governments to face the health and economic emergencies produced by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 April 2020

On 31 March, a group of healthcare workers from a hospital run by the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Mexico’s social security institute, blocked traffic along the Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas main thoroughfare in Mexico City protesting over the lack of medical equipment as they work with coronavirus (Covid-19) patients. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 March 2020

On 30 March the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared a health emergency in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and extended the suspension of non-essential activities in the public, private, and social sectors in an attempt to contain its spread.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 March 2020

On 29 March Mexico’s principal private sector business lobby groups called for urgent dialogue with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 March 2020

On 26 March the president of Mexico’s largest business sector lobby Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex), Gustavo de Hoyos, appealed to the government to take urgent measures to confront the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 March 2020

On 25 March Carlos Salazar Lomelín, the president of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) business lobby, complained that the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has yet to adopt full measures to mitigate the impact that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is having on Mexico’s economy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 March 2020

On 24 March, some 70 people ransacked a supermarket in the municipality of Tecámac in the central state of Estado de México (Edomex), adding to growing reports that criminals are looking to capitalise on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 March 2020

On 23 March the Mexican government began the Jornada Nacional de Sana Distancia (‘national day of safe distance’) as it tries to halt the advance of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 March 2020

On 21 March US President Donald Trump announced the closure of the border with Mexico to all but essential traffic, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 March 2020

On 20 March Mexico’s federal lower chamber of congress will suspend its ordinary sessions until further notice as a result of the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 March 2020

On 18 March, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured attendees at his morning press conference that he is “serene” in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 March 2020

On 17 March Mexico’s deputy health minister, Hugo López-Gatell, said that the government was still not considering the possibility of closing borders to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 March 2020

* Mexico’s influential business sector lobby, Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex), has issued a statement calling on the federal government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to implement better fiscal stimulus measures to address the economic effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 March 2020

On 14 March the Mexican government announced a series of measures to try and slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), after the number of cases jumped from 26 to 41 in the space of 24 hours, including the early closure of schools for extended Easter holidays. Analysis:

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 March 2020

On 12 March Mexico’s finance minister, Arturo Herrera, sought to downplay the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis on the Mexican peso, which fell to its lowest level since January 2017.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 March 2020

On 11 March Mexico’s presidential chief of staff, Alfonso Romo, said that there is no risk of a fall in investments in Mexico due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 March 2020

On 10 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hosted his Colombian peer Iván Duque in the national palace in Mexico City, for a meeting to discuss bilateral economic co-operation, migration, tourism, and security matters.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 March 2020

On 9 March hundreds of thousands of Mexican women participated in a national women’s strike to protest against gender violence and femicides after a string of gruesome killings in Mexico in recent months.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 March 2020

On 8 March at least 80,000 women marched in Mexico City (CDMX) to mark International Women’s Day with a protest against a rise in the number of femicides and gender violence in Mexico in recent months.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 March 2020

On 5 March tens of thousands of university students staged a protest march in Mexico’s central state of Puebla in demand of security and justice for three students recently killed there.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 March 2020

On 4 March Linda Pohl Alfaro, the representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Mexico, called on the Mexican government to fully implement recently approved legislation that makes it mandatory to include warning labels on food and drink packages.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 March 2020

On 3 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his chief of staff, Alfonso Romo, from potentially damaging allegations contained within an exposé published by multiple media outlets.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 March 2020

On 2 March, a feature published by a group of prominent Mexican investigative news organisations, including Aristegui Noticias and Proceso, implicated the government’s chief of staff, Alfonso Romo, in dubious dealings relating to the excessive exploitation of water resources in the state of Yucatán.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 March 2020

On 29 February Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) issued a statement denying that it received any formal request from the US government to impose entry restrictions on their shared border to control the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 February 2020

On 27 February the Mexican government reported the first suspected case of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country and warned that the deadly disease could rapidly spread across the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 February 2020

On 26 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his government is currently considering the legalisation of certain drugs, including marijuana, for medicinal purposes only, not recreational.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 February 2020

On 25 February hundreds of students from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Buap) and Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Upaep) universities in Mexico’s south-central state of Puebla staged protests.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 February 2020

On 24 February the president of Mexico's main opposition right-of-centre Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Marko Cortés, blamed the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the increase in the number of femicides and gender violence in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 February 2020

On 22 February the Mexican authorities reported that 13 people were killed during separate episodes of violence linked to organised criminal activity in the states of Veracruz and Chihuahua.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 February 2020

In 2019 Guanajuato registered 3,540 intentional homicides, up from 3,290 in 2018 and 1,423 in 2017, according to the latest figures from Mexico’s national public security executive secretariat (SESNSP).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 February 2020

On 18 February female deputies in Mexico’s federal congress staged a demonstration inside the legislature demanding that the authorities adopt immediate action against gender violence and the killing of women.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 February 2020

On 18 February the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico condemned the disproportionate use of force by the police against demonstrators who were demanding that the authorities find the 43 trainee teachers from the Ayotzinapa college who were abducted from the town of Iguala, Guerrero state, in 2014.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 February 2020

On 17 February ‘#JusticiaParaFatima’ (‘justice for Fatima’) became the number one trending topic on Twitter in Mexico as hundreds of thousands of people repudiated the murder of seven-year-old girl, Fátima Cecilia Aldriguett, and demanded that the authorities find and punish those responsible.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 February 2020

On 14 February thousands of women took part in protest marches across Mexico in repudiation of the government’s failure to stop gender violence, with violent clashes with the police and acts of vandalism reported in Mexico City (CDMX).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 February 2020

As part of plans to improve the provision of justice in Mexico, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero has proposed eliminating the crime of ‘femicide’ (the murder of females on account of their gender) from the federal penal code.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 February 2020

On 12 February Emilio Lozoya Austin, a former CEO of Mexico’s state-owned oil firm Pemex (2012-2016) wanted for corruption, was arrested in Spain.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 February 2020

On 11 February the governor of Mexico City (CDMX), Claudia Sheinbaum, expressed her indignation over the killing of a woman by her partner in CDMX, and said that she is opposed to the proposals of eliminating the crime of ‘femicide’ from Mexico’s federal penal code.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 February 2020

On 10 February protesters blockaded roads in Mexico City (CDMX) in protest at the lack of drinking water in parts of the city and demanding an immediate response from the authorities.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 February 2020

On 8 February officials from Mexico City’s attorney general’s office (FGJCDMX) re-arrested suspected drug trafficker Óscar Andrés ‘El Lunares’ Flores Ramírez immediately after a judge ordered his release due to lack of evidence.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 February 2020

On 6 February, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Mexico City.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 February 2020

On 5 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would not endorse federal attorney general Alejandro Gertz Manero’s suggestion to treat femicides as an aggravated homicide, saying this “could be misinterpreted”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 February 2020

On 4 February the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that five of the country’s 32 states had refused to sign up to either its new public healthcare programme, the Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (Insabi) or IMSS-Bienestar, a programme from Mexico’s social security institute (IMSS).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 February 2020

On 3 February, nine people were killed in a shooting in a slot-machine arcade in the city of Uruapan, in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán, believed to have been carried out by one of the drug trafficking organisations (DTO) fighting turf wars in the state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 February 2020

On 2 February Adrián, Julián and Bryan LeBarón, members of a Mexican-US Mormon family whose relatives were the victims of a deadly attack last year by a suspected drug trafficking organisation (DTO), led a peace march in León city, Guanajuato, Mexico’s deadliest state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 January 2020

“It is bipolar now: two leaders and two factions at war.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 January 2020

On 29 January Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his government’s approach to relations with the US, insisting that it is acting prudently.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 January 2020

On 28 January the first district court in Mexico’s Campeche state ordered the provisional suspension of the ‘Tren Maya’ infrastructure project after admitting a complaint by indigenous groups.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 January 2020

On 27 January Canada kicked off proceedings to ratify the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 January 2020

On 26 January the 'march for truth, justice, and peace' orchestrated by Javier Sicilia, a poet and prominent peace activist, reached the national palace in Mexico City four days after setting off from the central state of Morelos.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 January 2020

In the space of one week, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has seen two figures published exposing his government’s failure to deliver on his most ambitious promises.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 January 2020

On 22 January the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement in which Acting Secretary Chad Wolf commended the Mexican government for “upholding their commitment to increased security and law enforcement at their southern border”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 January 2020

On 21 January Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his government’s actions against the migrant caravan that is trying to reach the US, saying that migrants’ human rights had been fully respected.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 January 2020

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: Homicides hit record high
On 20 January the national public security system (SNSP) reported that there were 34,582  intentional homicides in Mexico in 2019.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 January 2020

On 18 January Mexico’s national migration institute (INM), the country’s migration authority, reported the detention of over 1,000 migrants who attempted to forcefully enter Mexico from Guatemala.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 January 2020

On 16 January the Mexican government celebrated the ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) regional trade agreement by the US Senate saying that full ratification of the agreement will help to attract investment to the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 January 2020

On 15 January Mexico’s interior minister Olga Sánchez Cordero met Javier Sicilia, a local peace activist and influential public figure.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 January 2020

On 14 January Mexico’s former health minister Julio Frenk Mora (2000-2006) said that the new Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (Insabi) initiative sets Mexico’s public healthcare system back 40 years and will not help to expand healthcare provision in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 January 2020

On 13 January hundreds of lorry drivers blockaded access roads to Mexico City in protest at their exclusion from the new Santa Lucía international airport construction project.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 January 2020

On 12 January Mexican opposition political parties criticised the newly created Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (Insabi) public healthcare provision programme and accused the government of misleading the population regarding the benefits it would offer.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 January 2020

On 9 January, Mexican peace activist Javier Sicilia accused President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of turning his back on the promises he made during his electoral campaign to pacify the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 January 2020

On 8 January, the Mexican government formally assumed the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) saying that it hopes to use this to promote greater cooperation in the region, and not to discuss the same political issues that have been discussed in the other regional forums. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 January 2020

On 7 January, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) leftist indigenous insurgent group called for the Mexican people to mobilise in defence of indigenous territory and the environment, and in protest at the infrastructure mega-projects being planned by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 January 2020

On 6 January, Mexico’s interior ministry (Segob) released a report on mass graves and the disappeared which claimed that there are 61,637 people missing in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 January 2020

On 5 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his administration will listen to the country’s indigenous groups and will not impose on them anything they are opposed to.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 January 2020

On 2 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his government would focus this year on “pacifying the country [and] stopping the violence”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 January 2020

Over the night of 31 December 2019-1 January 2020, the indigenous revolutionary clandestine committee of the general command of Mexico’s Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) reiterated its criticism of the leftist government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.