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SPECIAL COVERAGE JOSE DE SANTIAGO
MEXICO CITY 7/13/18
During the presidential campaign, Andrés Manuel López Obrador generated concern among his supporters by rejecting the security device offered by the Ministry of the Interior to all candidates. This concern increased in tone in the days leading up to election day, when the then-candidate headed mass events without a bodyguard in sight.
In the context of a campaign period marked by the violence and blood of 103 political actors killed, the fear for the welfare of López Obrador (and the other presidential candidates) was legitimate. On the night of his electoral triumph, he remembers the image of AMLO in the passenger seat of a sedan vehicle, heading to the capital’s base and with an arm outside the window. Dozens of citizens approached the virtual winner to touch his hand, take selfies or simply run by his side.
López Obrador reiterated this week to the media that he does not need bodyguards because it is the people who protect him. The Presidential General Staff – the military body that is responsible, among other tasks, for protecting the President of the Republic and his family – could disappear. This was said at a press conference after his meeting with EPN: