Mexican singer Eugenia León. Photo: presidencia.gob.mx

By KELIN DILLON

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) held a live concert at Mexico’s National Palace in honor of Mother’s Day on Monday, May 10, during what would usually be his daily morning press conference, featuring singer Eugenia León.

“We send our sincere, affectionate congratulations to all the mothers of Mexico,” said AMLO. “To the mothers who accompany us, who are among us and those who have left and are in heaven or in the place of happiness and love, and may we remember them eternally.”

The president proceeded to watch León’s live performance from the side of the stage, declining to answer any questions from reporters and the public as “moms come first.”

Meanwhile, mothers of disappeared persons, in tandem with the group Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico, protested outside the National Palace as the concert went on, demanding a veto to the new law of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR).

The movement, in the form of a letter, also requested a reform to the General Law on Disappearance, to have the government better help people find their missing family members.

While the group specifically asked to be addressed by López Obrador, they were instead met by Secretary of the Interior Olga Sánchez Cordero, as the president chose to listen to the live performance inside instead.

AMLO caught flack earlier in the week for not visiting the victims of the tragic Line 12 metro accident from last Monday, May 3, including the mourning mothers of the 25 left dead and more than 70 injured, saying “that is not my style,” and blaming the wish for him to do so on “conservatism.”

Watch Eugenia León’s performance from the National Palace below:

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