The National Guard begins to operate in Mexico

Members of the National Guard (GN) of Mexico began operating this Friday in the municipality of Minatitlán, Veracruz, where last week 14 people were killed at a party.

The Law of the National Guard defines that this is a police, armed and civil institution with technical, operative and command autonomy. Image: Twitter
The Law of the National Guard defines that this is a police, armed and civil institution with technical, operative and command autonomy. Image: Twitter

Their entry into function occurs within the framework of the visit of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), to the municipality, who gave some information on the security strategy. In addition to the first territorial coordination in Minatitlán, the National Guard also began its work in the Tuxtepec Region, Oaxaca, according to local media reports.

During his traditional press conference, AMLO announced on Friday morning the start of the operations of the new security corps in Mexico, although the secondary laws that will regulate its operation are pending approval in the Senate.

"We started in Veracruz, today in Minatitlan with the National Guard, remember that there are 266 coordinated (entities), then, the first one that is already established with the number of sufficient elements will be that of Minatitlan today."

With the operation of the controversial body, the Administration of López Obrador seeks to confront the insecurity that, during 2018, left more than 33,000 dead.

"We have been working on this since the beginning of the Government, the different forces are meeting in more than 100 coordinated entities, but we were waiting for the reforms to the Constitution, now we can act legally, even though secondary laws are lacking," AMLO said.

Because of this, López Obrador asked the legislators to call an extraordinary session, since the ordinary one ends next April 30, with the purpose of approving the secondary laws on the National Guard.

What is the National Guard in Mexico

The Law of the National Guard defines that this is a police, armed and civil institution with technical, operative and command autonomy. Its purpose, the text explains, is to carry out the public security function in charge of the Federation and of some federal entities and municipalities, in accordance with the coordination mechanism and agreements concluded for that purpose.

The specific objectives of the National Guard are to safeguard the life, liberties, integrity, and patrimony of the people; contribute to the generation and preservation of public order and social peace; as well as safeguarding the assets and resources of Mexico.

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