The Army in the streets until 2028

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Francisco Garfias.

The objective of the 4T was reached. The opposition was divided. The Containment Block was shattered in the session called to approve the militarization promoted by the 4T. Some PRI and PRD members dressed in olive green and – together with morenistas and their rémoras – cast their votes to complete the qualified majority required for the Army to continue in the streets until 2028.

With the approval of the modified minute, President López Obrador achieves four objectives: break the constitutional moratorium announced by the opposition months ago; split the weakened Alianza Va por México in two; pave the way for an Electoral Reform that intends to eliminate the pluris and put the INE and the TEPF under the control of the federal government, and militarize public security for four more years than the Constitution established, before the vote.

The modified opinion, which returns to the deputies to approve the modifications, collected 11 of the 13 demands of the opposition: more resources for the local police from 2023 – and not 2024 – as proposed in the minutes of the deputies —a greater control of Congress over the actions of the Army, and something very important:

“According to the terms proposed by the SCJN, the participation of the Armed Forces must be extraordinary, regulated, supervised, subordinated and complementary. In no case shall the purpose of dismissing the civil authorities of other orders of government, in the fulfillment of their powers.

That, in addition to the Bicameral Commission that will supervise the actions of the Army and the Semiannual Report of the Executive with the evaluation of the results obtained in terms of security, among other things.

The magic number to reach two thirds of the votes of the 127 senators present was 85. The final result was 87 in favor, 40 against and zero abstentions. The PRD members Miguel Mancera and Antonio García Conejo and the PRI members Silvana Beltrones, Verónica Martínez, Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, Manuel Añorve, Mario Zamora, Eruviel Avila, Angel García and Carlos Aceves, voted with the Morenoites. Claudia Anaya did not vote. Miguel Osorio Chong, Claudia Ruiz Massieu and Beatriz Paredes did against it.


It was an intense session, very intense. At times it seemed that the Senate was going to burn. Panista Lilly Téllez lit the fuse. She knows how to provoke the official majority. She began her intervention with a greeting to Morena and her regrets. "Good afternoon ball of corrupt!". From her Her first participation ended with the senator from Morena, Lucía Trasviña, planted in front of her, in a threatening attitude, as if wanting to fight. Citlalli Hernández, a brunette, had to intervene to distance Trasviña from the PAN member.

“You from Morena –said Téllez– are not going to vote like dogs for bones and croquettes; You from Morena are going to vote like hyenas waiting for the stinky leftovers that the president throws at you, which rots everything he touches. Make sure AMLO takes his medicine for his ailments, because I want him alive for when the Mexican nation demands that he have created a narco-military state.” And later: "The true intention of militarization is political, not security."

From there there were shouts, insults, pressure, tension, inconsistencies, mutual disqualifications in the stands and from the seats. Senator from Morena, Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, shouted from his seat at the PAN member, who interrupted his speech to dedicate a few seconds to the leader of the mining union. He told him: “sit down and be quiet. Wait for your union leader croquettes, which has benefited a lot from the workers”.

The union leader turned from his seat: “The National Action Party, in particular some of the members of the opposition, have devalued and degraded this Senate. They have become professional provocateurs, insulting with vulgarities…”

Another brunette, Rocío Abreu, wanted to eat her alive. “I do not accept accusations from a person who has double standards and a tail that is good. She comes to talk about morality when we all know that she is a woman of levity”. He accused her of "low husbands" and even she said "Marissa sends you regards."

"Who is Marissa?" Everyone wondered, inside and outside the session hall. We asked Tellez. "I do not knoooow!" he replied.


In the tide of polarization, the Morenoite senator, Félix Salgado Macedonio, could think of nothing else but to tell the PRI senator, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, that her father, José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, was killed by former president Carlos Salinas of Gortari.

Félix's mistake occurred at a time when Claudia was trying to redirect the debate towards the issue of public security, helped by the memory of her father.

The senator reverted: "I do not allow you to mention my family without foundation."

And he returned to the subject: “No one wants Mexico to continue mired in insecurity, violence and impunity… What do we want? Civilian police, strong, trained, well paid, who can do their job, the one that touches them.”

The MC senator, Juan Zepeda, did not hide his frustration. “They broke up the block for us,” he synthesized.


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