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

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’

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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
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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