Director of Human Rights Watch defends corruption in Mexico

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MEXICO– Today, at Lopez Obrador’s press conference, a journalist showed the President an investigative report by Miguel Badillo about the U.S. government meddling in Mexico’s affairs by directly funding a far-right NGO run by, Claudio X Gonzales, a billionaire who has declared himself as working directly with the opposition party in Mexico.

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The report discloses how the U.S embassy in Mexico, along with NED and USAID gave the NGO, “Mexicanos En Contra de la Corruption, (MCCI)” millions of dollars in 2019 and 2020 during the Trump’s administration. After receiving the funding, the NGO then went on to hire lawyers to halt AMLO’s largest national security infrastructure projects (the international airport, Mayan train, refinery, and many others) creating up to one year delays in some of them.

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The president immediately said he will be sending a diplomatic letter today to the U.S. state department complaining about the meddling in Mexico, and ask for explanations.

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Meanwhile, the NGO used its powerful connections with Washington and its media outlets to cry foul, and make itself the victim. Among the many avengers who came to the billionaire NGO’s rescue was the director of Human’s Right Watch, Jose Vivanco, who instead of condemning the meddling, went on to defame the Mexican president comparing him to “Putin, Erdogan, Maduro, Ortega, Orbán, Afwerki, Modi, al-Sisi. [sic]” 

Vivanco took the opportunity to accuse Lopez Obrador of trying to regulate independent governmental institutions.
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Lopez Obrador has repeated several times in his press conferences, that during the 36 years of the neoliberal period, the economic model and ideology failed in Mexico because it became synonymous with endemic corruption that devastated Mexico. The one party system regime that ruled Mexico for decades, colluded with Mexican mafias to create more than a hundred independent institutions, with the propose of forming a parallel government and “stop progress or democracy in Mexico”.
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Lopez Obrador explains that these institutions were created with the sole propose to protect corruption and the interests of the mafia groups that created them. The president has explained how these parallel institutions are a duplicate of governmental departments performing the same functions; therefore, causing the Mexican tax payer a fortune since they tend to “give each other outlandish salaries, and extravagant goodies such as having two restaurants inside their buildings with chefs who cook them gourmet foods, while some office employees only work a few hours a day o some don’t even work and simply collect pay checks.”

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The Institute of Transparency is another parallel agency that mimics two other departments of the Mexican government. President Lopez Obrador explains that when the institution was created, the first thing it did was to hide the corruption scandal with the Brazilian multinational Odebrecht, whose CEO was arrested by the U.S. and sentenced to 19 years in prison for several corruption scandals in Latin America.

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The same mafia groups in Mexico also created hundreds of NGOs that are now utilized to work in tangent with these parallel institutions at the behest of multinational corporations, and to the detriment of Mexico’s democracy and economy.

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