Agree that militarization is not the solution. But when the far-reaching reforms that result in real militarization are approved, they all end up voting the same. The cost of not doing so, especially in the current context of the López Obrador government, is very high. López Obrador won with 30 million votes and maintains popularity levels above 70%.
Nobody wants a direct confrontation with the president. In addition, López Obrador has a very peculiar characteristic. He has a tremendous narrative framing capacity, even if it is based on fallacies. He is able to say that those who oppose militarization are actually opposed to peace. Fighting a narrative war with López Obrador is extremely difficult. The light, however, can be seen in two movements.
The first is the feminist movement, which has not only taken up the banner of fighting for a peaceful society that stops systemically and structurally attacking women, but has also included in its demands the fight against militarism in public security (given that military B2B Fax Database tend to exercise gender violence much more frequently). The feminist movement is one of the few that today openly rejects the role played by the so-called National Guard. The second movement that can shed light on this situation is the one linked to the indigenous organizations that are opposing the president's large infrastructure projects, such as the construction of the Mayan Train, the construction of hydroelectric plants, the Dos Bocas refinery.
These projects directly affect their surroundings and, from there, they are rejecting the participation of the Army. Lisa Sánchez has a master's degree in from the London School of Economics and a degree in International Relations from the Technological Institute of Monterrey and the Institute of Political Studies of Paris. She is the director of Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD). This interview took place within the framework of the First Congress on Inclusive and Sustainable Security held by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Colombia (FESCOL), in the city of Bogotá.