A poet and a priest who for years shared the struggle for human rights in Mexico today live in opposite poles. The reason? The mandate of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who shames Javier Sicilia but has the fervent support of Alejandro Solalinde.
Both sides saw each other on Monday in a forum of the International Book Fair (FIL) of Guadalajara, in Mexico, after having exposed in the last days their differences for the management of the Government with the massacre on November 4 against a group of women and children of a Mormon community in the north of the country.
"Nothing has changed, everything has worsened," said poet and activist Javier Sicilia during the forum, who founded the Peace Movement with Justice and Dignity after the murder of his son in 2011 at the hands of organized crime.
Sicilia said that presidents Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) "did nothing" to resolve the country's violence, and acknowledged that López Obrador "assumed the existence of a humanitarian tragedy that they had not assumed others".
But he lashed out hard against the Government of López Obrador for "manipulating" the National Human Rights Commission and leaving the Search for Missing Persons Commission with "minimal resources."
"The resources go through the Mayan Train and things that don't matter right now because what matters is the peace and security of the nation," he said indignantly.
He also criticized the creation of the National Guard, a security body made up of police and military, which he defined as "an intangible thing with an army face", and held him responsible for the "clown of Culiacán", in reference to the failed capture of drug trafficker Ovidio Guzmán.
"The Army kills, the Army in the streets is a state of exception. Anyone who says they can respect human rights is a falsehood. When the military leaves it is for war," he criticized.
And it broke out against the president's way of expressing himself about tragedies and criminals. Referring to the massacre against members of the Mormon community, perpetrated on November 4, he said that "when the president says this stupidity of 'fuchi, save it', when the president says that you have to 'accuse them with their moms', that we have to be ashamed, it is not being empathic with what happens. "
Upon taking the floor, the priest Solalinde, recognized by his shelter for migrants and his opposition to the previous presidents, warned that he is not a "spokesman for the Government", words that did nothing but presage that he was about to expose a strong defense of López Obrador.
"The disaster they inherited from us is very great. We need to understand the change that this Government intends," said the priest, who added: "I feel very proud of the President of the Republic we have."
According to Solalinde, López Obrador is "a man who does not like money, is honest and is making a great change," and praised the president, who assumed power on December 1, 2018, for "abruptly separating the Government from all capitalist factual powers. "
"Why is it inertia to give sticks to a government that wants to change things?" Asked the priest, who asked for time for the government's policies to work.
The poet and activist referred to himself and replied: "I don't care if they promise me paradise tomorrow. I care about people right now and I will always raise my voice and I will demand whoever has the power to fulfill."
Given this, a replica of Solalinde would not be missing, who said: "Let us stop useless protests and sit down and talk to this Government."
It was a clear reference to the demonstration that Javier Sicilia has convened in January to demand López Obrador a clear security policy in a country that registered 28,741 wrongful killings in the first 10 months of 2019, so he is on track to close the year as the most violent since there are records.
"We protest so that they can retake the proposals. I doubt that this Government wants to dialogue. We have to help the young people, here my son should be and he is not here," concluded Sicily.
When he finished, the poet and the priest left each one by his side.
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