the week at AMLO press conferences

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Processions were planned for a week of reflection. El Grito’s celebration on Wednesday would mark the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.

El Grito, meaning the cry or the cry, had sparked the independence movement on September 15, 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo, a priest from Dolores, Guanajuato, ordered the bells to ring and urged the people to rise up against their oppressors and to reclaim their land with the cry “Long live Mexico!” On August 24, 1821, Spain finally ended so-called “New Spain” and recognized its independence with the Treaty of Cordoba.

On Monday

Patriotism week had arrived, the president announced. Monday would commemorate the defense of Chapultepec Castle by the “heroic children” who fought the American aggressors in 1847. Wednesday was “El Grito” and the presidential raffle; Thursday promised a flypast; Friday a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac); and on Sunday, flags would fly at half mast for the victims of the 1985 earthquake.

A journalist had his first dibs on Friday. Why, she asked, were Mexicans living abroad not able to exercise their right to vote? The National Electoral Institute, she said, appears to be an “enemy of democracy”.

“If you analyze how much has been spent to achieve this goal [facilitating voting abroad] and what were the results, we see that there has been no progress, very few people [living abroad] participate ”, declared the president, before entrusting the task to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard.

Later in the conference, the president claimed that today’s corruption can be attributed to conquest. “The treasure of Moctezuma [the fallen, last Aztec ruler] kept shrinking because it was being stolen from the so-called conquest… when it was divided, there was almost nothing left… those at the top had kept most of the treasure.

AMLO offered reporters his plans for Oaxaca: on Sunday he would travel to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and give the morning press conference from the southern state on Monday. However, he lamented that the weather would not allow him to make it to the Mixes, an indigenous group.

Tuesday

AMLO the scammer arrived on Tuesday: lottery tickets “cost 250 pesos, but it’s a stadium box, apartments, houses… and you have to trust your luck”.

COVID supremo Hugo López-Gatell said the number of cases was declining in all states and for the sixth week in a row the number of hospitals was down. Despite the reopening of schools, there has been no increase in cases among young people, he said. Education Minister Delfina Gómez Álvarez announced a slight improvement in school attendance, with just over half of the students returning to class.

Security Minister Rosa Icelanda Rodríguez smiled on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard explained the results of the high-level conference in Washington, DC: there would be bilateral coordination on supply chains and convergence on health regulations, but there had not been big announcement on migration.

Interior Minister Adán Augusto López provided an update on the release of prisoners due to torture, old age and a few other circumstances, which did not include those accused or convicted of more serious crimes . As of Wednesday 682 prisoners would be released and 4,233 cases were under review. However, the decree only covered the 7.4% of prisoners who are in federal prisons.

The president was standing. He said he wanted to appoint the governor of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordaz, as Mexican ambassador to Spain. Ordaz belongs to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

“They [PRI] was very annoyed, ”said AMLO of the party’s reaction to one of their own lining up with rival Morena.

He later announced that border municipalities would complete their second doses of the COVID vaccine on Tuesday and that he would meet with new United States Ambassador Ken Salazar soon.

Wednesday

The Mexican public had to be patient, for which it is famous, to hear the president because there was no press conference in the morning. But, as tradition dictates, he appeared from his balcony late in the evening to recite the Grito in honor of the heroes of the independence movement. Due to sanitary restrictions, central Mexico City zocalo the place under him was largely empty.

“Mexicans!”

“Long live independence!

“Long live Miguel Hidalgo and Costilla!

“Long live José María Morelos and Pavón!

“Long live Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez!

A moment of happiness with the journalists.
A moment of happiness with the journalists.

“Long live Ignacio Allende!

“Long live Leona Vicario! “

“Long live Vicente Guerrero! “

Long live the nameless heroes! “

“Long live justice!

“Long live equality!

“Long live democracy!

“Long live honesty! “

“Long live our autonomy!

“Long live universal brotherhood!

“Long live the love for your neighbor!

Long live the pre-Hispanic cultures!

“Long live Mexico! “

“Long live Mexico! “

“Long live Mexico! “

Thursday

Once again, the morning press conference was interrupted. The president waited for the military flypast later today to speak publicly.

He began by introducing his guest “His Excellency Mr. Miguel-Díaz-Canel, President of the Republic of Cuba”, then explained why El Grito is more symbolically important than when Spain finally ceded power. “We Mexicans care more about the initiator, the priest [Miguel] Hidalgo, that [Agustín de] Iturbide, the consumer, for the priest was a defender of the people and the royalist general represented the elite, those at the top, and was just looking to wear the imperial crown.

Priest Hidalgo did not mince his words: AMLO read a letter he had sent to a Spanish general. “‘The stream [independence] The movement is big and much more because it is about recovering the sacred rights granted by God to Mexicans, usurped by cruel, bastard and unjust conquerors ”, he declared.

As the president recounted, Hidalgo’s head found itself on a point for 10 years overlooking the main square of Guanajuato, kept company by the revolutionary heroes Ignacio Allende, Juan Aldama and Dolores Jiménez y Muro, whose heads adorned the other three corners of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas.

After so much discussion of the colonial struggle, AMLO turned his attention back to Cuba. “The Cuban people deserve the price of dignity… the government that I represent respectfully calls on the American government to lift the blockade against Cuba, because no state has the right to subjugate another people, another country. We must remember what George Washington said: “Nations should not profit from the misfortune of other peoples. “

“It is a time of fraternity and not of confrontation… Long live the independence of Mexico! Long live the independence of Cuba!

Friday

AMLO cut its morning press conference short to participate in a virtual climate conference hosted by US President Joe Biden.

Later that day it was busy with the Celac (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) conference, a political bloc and regional forum seen as an alternative to the often ridiculed Organization of American States, whose headquarters is in Washington, DC

Leaders and dignitaries joined him in Mexico to discuss issues primarily affecting Spanish-speaking America. The only other major country with a different language, Brazil, left the organization in 2020.

Among the likely topics of discussion were the US trade embargo on Cuba, the promotion of Celac over the OAS, and a pan-Latin American space program.

Mexico Daily News

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