Sandra Luz Gallegos Devine, Los Angeles, CA, June 12, 2021.-Today I had breakfast with a friend and journalist here in Los Angeles.
Little I know about Mexico these days and not trusting the traditional media, I am always skeptical about what is published here or in any other country.
My colleague and I, speak very seldom about politics but I did emphasize how the native working population has grown enormously here in Los Angeles, while the "white sectors" have gone to other States.
I also mention that most of these workers are immigrants from Central and Southern small towns from Mexico and Central American countries.
To our conversation, it came out the present, President of Mexico, Manuel Lopez Obrador. Not that I consider him worse than his ancestors. Little I have read about him here in the United States and when I do, is only about Mexican colleagues, many of them who placed a great deal of hope on him, and today they feel deceived. at least that is what they write in their articles.
During our breakfast, this morning my friend insisted that President Lopez Obrador is a nice guy. That "plenty he has done for Chiapas and other States like Oaxaca."
She insisted so much about the issue, that I myself decided to take a pick and review articles, published by several magazines and newspapers. This one caught my eye."
FORBES Magazine. Titles, "Is President Lopez Obrador Destroying Mexico?", published April 19, 2021.
" A reporter was killed in the state of Guanajuato in November, the tenth journalist killed in Mexico during Lopez Obrador’s administration. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom advocacy group, ranks Mexico as the most dangerous country for journalists in the western hemisphere. An environmental activist was killed in the state of Oaxaca on March 28, the fourth activist killed this year. In total, more than ninety environmental activists have been killed in Mexico since 2012. In April, a member of the president’s flagship National Guard militarized police force was caught on video beating a woman in the street in Mexico City. In 2020, Amnesty International warned about the National Guard’s troubling track record of human rights abuses. Mexico recorded 36,476 murders in 2019. During 2020 the country continued logging thousands of murders every month, marking the start of Lopez Obrador’s administration as two of the most violent years in Mexico’s modern history. Within Mexico, political analysts are already raising the alarm about Lopez Obrador’s troubling embrace of authoritarian rhetoric and his track record on human rights issues."
--I hope my colleague and girlfriend read this article it has been investigated with a great deal of concern. I still do not understand how on earth, Mexico being such a beautiful land has become like this, really. One President after another and their families, being accused of corruption, abuse of power, and alarming violence against their own.
It has been published many times how all these Presidents and their brothers and sisters, from all the political powers, have defrauded Mexico for millions of dollars, taken lands from humble and productive farmers, and then years after, they are forgiven and they all returned to Mexico as nothing happened. Many of them even admired."
If you think about it. It is really unfortunate.
Sandra Luz Gallegos Devine, Photojournalist.