Mon. Dec 9th, 2019

Mexico sees links between the El Paso massacre and that of New Zealand

The massacre of El Paso (USA) with 22 dead people was inspired by the attack on two mosques last March in Christchurch (New Zealand) and shows that there is a group of white supremacists who communicate on social networks, said this Wednesday, the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard.

"It is clear that the act is inspired by New Zealand, has a communication for the purpose of propagation and, when uploading a manifesto, realizes that it is a sane person. It is terrible what it says, but it is not crazy," he said. head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) in the morning conference from the National Palace.

This week the manifesto was released minutes before the attack by his alleged perpetrator, Patrick Crusius, where he uses a language similar to that of US President Donald Trump, talks about the massacre in New Zealand and was published in a forum where there are others extremist and violent content.

The Foreign Minister defended on Wednesday the intention to promote from Mexico – through his Attorney General's Office (FGR) – a complaint for terrorism, as eight Mexicans died in the attack on August 3 at a shopping center in El Paso.

Ebrard explained that on Tuesday there was a meeting in order to "make available to the FGR all the documents, testimonies and evidence for the corresponding investigation folder."

In addition, this Tuesday there was a high-level meeting chaired by the attorney general of Mexico, Alejandro Gertz, along with representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, according to official sources .

The foreign minister defended that the massacre in El Paso is a "delectable, abominable and condemnable" case of terrorism because although it was committed by a single person, it is "part of a network" that uploaded a manifesto in a "server" (online) where there are many other people connected.

"At this date, social networks are face-to-face networks" and the attack "has a communication for the purpose of propagation, of propaganda," Ebrard said to maintain that the attack is part of a white supremacist network.

He explained that it will be the FGR that will determine what are the crimes and the legal strategy to be carried out in this tragedy that sought to "reap the lives of Mexicans and Mexicans", and in the whole process the SRE will contribute.

The foreign minister pointed out that the United States could prosecute the case as "domestic terrorism", but this will not change Mexico's intentions to file this complaint for terrorism against the perpetrator.

In this regard, he expected both countries to respect their cooperation agreements in the field of justice.

This unusual decision to denounce a case outside its borders for terrorism is aimed at seeking justice and, above all, "preventing, deterring, so that these events are not committed again."

Finally, he informed that this week Mexican officials will travel to El Paso to gather details of the case and considered that the United States "has behaved very well" in the attention to the tragedy and its counterparts.

He announced that, shortly after the event, he spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who showed his solidarity and dismay at the events.

In his turn, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, simply said that the "unfortunate" events of El Paso, Texas, were "unleashed by hatred, which should not prevail anywhere in the world."

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