'HUGS, NOT BULLETS': Mexico's New President Reveals Plan To Stop Drug Cartels

On Friday, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's newly-elected president, revealed his new plan to combat Mexico's drug war which includes legalizing drugs, instituting gun control, and reducing punishment for criminals.

Olga Sanchez, Lopez Obrador’s proposed interior minister, told Reuters about the new administration's "transitional justice" plan to stop Mexico's deadly drug cartels which will involve "leniency for those who admit guilt, truth commissions to investigate atrocities and the granting of reparations for some victims."

"Not only will it be amnesty, it will be a law to reduce jail time," Sanchez told Reuters. "We will propose decriminalization, create truth commissions, we will attack the causes of poverty, we will give scholarships to the youth and we will work in the field to get them out of the drug situation."

"Abrazos, no balazos" — or "hugs, not bullets" — was a campaign slogan championed by Lopez Obrador during his presidential run.

Reuters notes that Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador’s proposed security minister, has said that the administration is going to remove a "significant part" of Mexico's military from the streets and that they will implement more stringent protocols to stop guns from entering the country.

Lopez Obrador’s plan, which has drawn intense criticism, comes after he recently announced that he does not intend to use armed security guards to protect him because he believes the people will protect him. It's a risky plan; there have been over 130 political assassinations in Mexico in the last nine months and Mexico is currently on pace to see its most violent year in recorded history.

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