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AMLO admits that migrants kidnapped in Mexico were released and not rescued

AMLO admits that migrants kidnapped in Mexico were released and not rescued

AMLO admits that migrants kidnapped in Mexico were released and not rescued

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), admitted this Thursday that the 32 migrants kidnapped in the state of Tamaulipas, on the border with the United States “were released” by their captors and “not rescued” by the Governmenttherefore, no arrests have been reported yet.

They were not rescued, they were left free. Yes, it was a series of factors, firstly what I tell you, is that all the authorities intervened early, that the authority, the governor of Tamaulipas (Américo Villarreal), is very good. Sensationalism also helps because it is known throughout the country.”he indicated.

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The president’s statements contrast with those of the presidential spokesperson, Jesus Ramirez Cuevasand the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa Maria Alcalde, that this Wednesday assured that the authorities “rescued” the migrants, identified as coming from Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela.

In his morning conference, López Obrador clarified that the investigation continues, but that the motive for the crime It was to extort the relatives of migrants, reporting a total of 32 casualties after adding one baby who had not initially been counted.

They were 31 years old and had a one-year-old girl, and their statements are already being collected, most of them Venezuelans, also Hondurans. “It seems that there (were not Mexicans), that they freed the Mexicans, and it was to collect, for extortion, from relatives in the United States”, he detailed.

Authorities became aware of the incident on December 30, when armed men wearing balaclavas intercepted a bus with 36 passengers going from the city of Monterrey, in the north of the country, to Matamoros, on the border with Brownsville (Texas), according to the secretary of Security, Rosa. Icela, on Wednesday.Rodriguez.

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Plagiarism, which the secretary called “atypical”, It occurred at kilometer 6 of the Reynosa to Matamoros highway, two cities on the border with the United States known for the presence of organized crime and the danger they pose to migrants.

The president argued that the captors realized that “there was a lot of government now in the area and decided to release them”, because “they had them in one place and took them to another place, a parking lot of a shopping center”. .”

It is an investigation that continues, for now we will celebrate that they appeared alive, that is the most important thing. “I have no information (about arrests), the investigation is being carried out by the state government (of Tamaulipas) with our support and the operation also continues,” he said. he stated.

The Mexican ruler He accused his opponents of trying to sensationalize the crime.

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Imagine how much publicity there was for the unfortunate abduction of the migrants, and for us not to wish them to be found alive, healthy and safe.”he indicated.

The event comes after December’s historic numbers of people attempting to enter the United States at the border with Mexico, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last month confirmed the arrival of more than 2.2 million migrants between January and November.

Source: Elcomercio

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