Photo: U.S. Embassy in Mexico


Just five days before a visit from U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and four days before Mexico’s largest elections ever, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Wednesday, June 2, accused the U.S. Embassy here of trying to “fuel descent” against his government by supporting independent civil organizations.

Speaking during his daily morning press conference, AMLO said that the U.S. government, through its chancellery in Mexico, is backing groups that are trying to conduct a “soft coup” against his Fourth Transformation (4T) administration by channeling moneys to some of the NGOs that have condemned his tyrannical political behavior.

López Obrador went on to say that by this support, the U.S. government is playing a complicit role in working to erode his government’s power.

Earlier this year, AMLO sent a diplomatic letter to U.S. President Joe Biden complaining that Washington was sponsoring a number of NGOs such as Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI), which the president claimed were working to discredit his government.

In that letter, AMLO demanded that the United States suspend that funding, but as of Wednesday, he had received no reply.

Not coincidentally, Harris’ visit is slated to immediately follow Mexico’s midterm elections, in which most analysts predict that AMLO’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party will lose political ground and its current supermajority.

With AMLO expected to be a political disadvantage as a result of the elections, most pundits anticipate that Harris will inform him during the meeting that Washington does not take orders from Mexico.

But on Wednesday, AMLO was steadfast in his conviction his 4T socialist platform will prevail because “no matter how much (my adversaries) take aim at me, no matter how much they slander me, the people of Mexico know that their time has come.”

AMLO then went on a tangent comparing the current situation in Mexico to that of Bolivia in October 2019, when then-President Evo Morales was ousted after proclaiming himself a victor for the fourth time in a controversial election that the Organization of American States (OAS) reported marred by “irregularities” and many critics called an outright fraud.

Morales subsequently took asylum in Mexico and later his leftist party returned to power with Luis Arce, generally believed to be a Morales puppet, winning an election.

But AMLO, who considers both Arce and Morales as close friends, said that the events in Bolivia should be “a lesson” for those who wish to overpower his government.

“The oligarchs thought that, now, together with international organizations, they could erase the memory of the previous government,” AMLO said.

“But the people of Bolivia … voted for themselves, not for the oligarchy.”

AMLO’s lesson, presumably, was also “aimed” at the U.S. Embassy.


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