Mexico’s President Says the War on Drugs Is Over: Not All Mexicans Agree


Since President Felipe Calderon first announced Mexico’s war against drugs in 2006, military deployment in states with a strong cartel presence has dramatically altered the life of Mexicans. In Guerrero, home to many of the country’s opium fields, hundreds of people have been displaced as a result of turf wars and corruption, as gangs and traffickers have colluded with security forces and government officials.

Current President Andres Manuel López Obrador announced in February that Mexico’s war against narcotrafficking was over. “There is no war. We want peace, we’re going to get peace,” he told reporters. However, for communities like the displaced one from Guerrero, Mexico’s war on drugs is alive and well.

Last November, López Obrador presented his National Peace and Security Plan, which aims to restructure drug penalization, address impunity of state actors, reorient national security strategies, and seek justice for victims of drug war-related violence. In presenting the plan, the president discussed the need to “begin a peace process with organized crime organizations and adopt models of transitional justice that guarantee the rights of victims.”

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