Mexico's drug cartels are handing out aid to poor residents and the country's president wants them to stop
- Armed narcos have been seen handing out food and
coronavirusaid stamped with cartellogos.
- The packages have included masks, hand sanitizer, and basic cooking supplies.
- Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said it wasn't helpful and told them to end violence instead.
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Mexican narcos have been spotted handing out boxes of supplies to poor communities in some cities. The boxes of cooking supplies, masks, and sanitizer are stamped with the cartel logo, according to Reuters.
"These criminal organizations that have been seen distributing the packages, this isn't helpful," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recently told reporters from Reuters and elsewhere. "What helps is them stopping their bad deeds."
Lopez Obrador, who has overall taken a less confrontational approach than his predecessors in dealing with cartel violence, has urged the gang members to refrain from harming others and consider the suffering they are causing their own families.
But as Lopez Obrador makes these demands to drug cartels, he has also faced criticism for not doing enough to support residents in need, Reuters reported. Around 42% of the country lives in poverty, according to the World Bank. The country has reported more than 8,000 cases and nearly 700 deaths from the coronavirus — a mortality rate of 8.3%.
Last week reports started circulating that several cartels were deploying members to hand out
The daughter of jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was one of the people spotted handing out the packages marked with her father's image.
Falko Ernst, an analyst with the
"These groups are trying to be seen as catering materially and providing a notion of security in places where they are also directly preying on the population through extortion and kidnapping and violence," he told The Post. "But in a lot of places, these groups are the least bad solution for populations that don't have anywhere else to turn."Read the original article on Business Insider
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