“This [is] a very, very serious situation,” he said.
The cardinal said that the government of López Obrador should see that “these people, those who are dedicated to organized crime, don’t know [anything] about hugs, no matter how much the government offers them, promises them, and gives them.”
“They don’t understand hugs, they only know about bullets,” he said.
In just three and a half years of the López Obrador administration, there have been more than 121,000 homicides recorded in the country, which is on track to exceed the more than 156,000 murders committed during the six-year term of his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto.
In addition, the number is way ahead of the 120,463 homicides recorded during Felipe Calderón’s six-year term.
From Jan. 1 to June 21 of this year, according to official figures, 12,481 homicides have taken place in Mexico.
The Archbishop of Guadalajara clarified that “I’m not saying that the government has to adopt the strategy of shooting these people. No. Simply bring them before the law for the murders and for all the activities they carry out against the law.”
“The government has to send them the message that there will be no more impunity,” he said. “Because that message of hugs is a message of impunity.”