Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tried to avoid direct confrontations with the country’s well-armed criminal cartels. Photo: Reuters
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tried to avoid direct confrontations with the country’s well-armed criminal cartels. Photo: Reuters
Mexico

Freeing El Chapo’s son prevented cartel slaughter that would have left 200 people dead, Mexican president says

  • Ovidio Guzman Lopez’s arrest last October prompted cartels to lay siege to the streets of Culiacan, leaving military and police outgunned
  • Lopez was released, in an embarrassing climbdown for authorities described by one journalist as ‘the capitulation of the state’

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tried to avoid direct confrontations with the country’s well-armed criminal cartels. Photo: Reuters
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tried to avoid direct confrontations with the country’s well-armed criminal cartels. Photo: Reuters
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