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The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, stated this Monday that his opponents are “exaggerating” the violent events that occurred in various parts of the country in recent days, which left hundreds of dead and wounded, mainly in the north of the country.
“Our adversaries are exaggerating (…) It is as if it were staged; it is propagandistic. There is no major problem, but they do want to grab that flag of violence”, said the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.
López Obrador affirmed that in Baja California, where there were car burnings and blockades of avenues over the weekend, “there are detainees,” but he did not anticipate further details.
In the afternoon, he will travel to the country’s north due to these events.
“I will be in Tijuana, we will hold the cabinet meeting and the conference in Tijuana on Friday, and I will tour the border; I will be in Baja California and Sonora over the weekend, but we will start in Tijuana on Friday,” he said.
According to some national press counts, with the violence that took place between Wednesday, August 10 and Friday, August 12, there were 260 murders in Mexico.
However, the President denied these numbers and said that there were only 196 deaths between Friday, August 12 and Sunday, August 14.