By KELIN DILLON
During his daily morning press conference on the morning of Wednesday, June 2, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) insisted “there is peace and tranquility in the country,” despite Mexico seeing one of the bloodiest periods of electoral violence in the country’s history.
“Where there is instability, there is confrontation, there is political violence, but not in Mexico. We have achieved that together,” said López Obrador.
AMLO’s words rang hollow considering that in just the past week alone, four candidates running for office faced attack by gunfire, two more were allegedly kidnapped and a member of his own leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) was found dead in an abandoned house after several days of torture.
López Obrador accused his opponents of wanting to “magnify” the issue, claiming that “does not obey reality,” when in fact Mexico has seen political violence uptick 64 percent in comparison to the 2018 elections in which AMLO was elected to the presidency.
Still, AMLO doubled down on his insistence of the country’s current serenity, quoting a song to prove his point saying “we do not live in a perfect society, but there is peace and tranquility in the country.”