Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto has on Thursday proposed simplifying Mexico’s chaotic police structure as well as a new law to stop collusion between gangs and officials as he tried to defuse anger recent over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September. Reuters was there:
Pena Nieto has been under growing pressure from protesters to end impunity and brutality by security forces since the trainee teachers were abducted by corrupt police in the southwestern city of Iguala on the night of Sept. 26.
The government says the students were murdered and their bodies incinerated after police handed them over to a drug gang.
“Mexico cannot continue like this,” Pena Nieto said in a speech to an assembly of political leaders.
“After Iguala, Mexico has to change,” he said, noting that the reforms aimed to create a new law against infiltration by organized crime and redefine powers in the penal system.
The president said he would send an initiative to Congress to unify multi-layered police forces in Mexico’s states and had ordered a special security operation in the Southwest, large swathes of which are plagued by drug gangs.