The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, admitted to having told the soldiers to release the son of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán during an operation in October 2019, because hundreds of innocent lives were at stake.
“I have ordered the operation to be stopped and the alleged criminal to be released,” López Obrador said Friday at his daily press conference.
The shocking revelation was revealed as the left-wing leader broached the subject of protecting his nation’s sovereignty over security matters, claiming that he repeatedly rejected the support offered by the President. Donald Trump for US federal agents or troops to intervene.
“The decision was made when it was decided not to endanger the population so that civilians would not be affected, because more than 200 people would lose their lives if we did not suspend the operation in Culiacán,” said declared López Obrador.
Mexican security forces learned of the location of Ovidio Guzmán in the afternoon of October 17, 2019 after officials in Washington requested his extradition to end the alleged trafficking of fentanyl from the Sinaloa cartel to United States.
Ovidio Guzmán withdraws as the Mexican army raided his home in Culiacán, Mexico, October 17, 2019, resulting in a violent response ordered by one of his siblings before Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador orders his release
At a press conference on Friday, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, admitted having “ ordered the cessation of operations ” and the release of Ovidio Guzmán in the afternoon of October 17, 2019 , when the security forces temporarily arrested the son of Joaquín “ El Chapo ” Guzmán. of an extradition request from the United States
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is serving a life sentence in the United States
What followed was complete chaos in the streets of Culiacán, a town in the home state of the Sinaloa cartel, when an army of armed agents responded with an assault that appeared to dominate the army and local police with grenade launchers and assault rifles in a war. like a battle that left 13 dead.
Video footage showed Ovidio Guzmán shown surrounded by soldiers, one telling him to call his brother, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, the “ Los Chapitos ” wing chief of the Sinaloa cartel and to order him to withdraw in response to the house that was surrounded.
The cartel counterattack also includes the kidnapping of several military officials, who were eventually released.
Powerful artillery submerged the surrounding streets while a soldier said, “Tell them to stop it.”
A body is found lying in the street after the murderous shooting of October 17, 2019. Culiacán exploded with violence with members of the cartel armed in trucks roaring in the streets of the city, shooting soldiers with machine guns
Mexican soldier records when Ovidio asks his brother Iván Archivaldo to stop attacking security forces
Dozens of bullet casings litter the sidewalk in Mexico on October 18, 2019, one day after heavily armed gunmen attacked the military and forced the release of El Chapo’s son
Video captures when cartel members took to the streets with machine guns and grenade launchers in an attempt to stop the arrest of El Chapo’s son
We hear Ovidio Guzmán say to his brother: “Stop it, stop it. I have already surrendered ”during the telephone conversation.
Archivaldo replied “no” and shouted threats against the soldiers and their families. The attacks continued and eight minutes later, the first injured soldiers were reported.
Towards the end of the video, Guzmán López begs his brother: “Please tell them to stop. Relax. Tell them to retreat. But just tell them. I don’t want chaos anymore, please.
Dead bodies lie next to a car during clashes on October 17, 2019 between armed men of the Sinaloa cartel and federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzmán before Mexican President López Obrador ordered his release
A truck burns down a street in Culiacán, Sinaloa, during a war battle between the Sinaloa cartel and the Mexican security forces on October 17, 2019
Later in the afternoon, the police withdrew from the residence, after releasing Guzmán in exchange for a ceasefire.
President López Obrador has also followed up on the Trump administration’s offer to assist in investigations into the massacre of nine Mormon mothers and children in November 2019 in northern Sonora state in northern l ‘State of Sonora, allegedly perpetrated by Los Jaguares. , an offshoot of the Sinaloa cartel.
“We will not allow any foreign government to intervene in cases that correspond only to the Mexican authorities,” said López Obrador. “It is to respect, to assert our sovereignty.”
“This does not mean that there is no cooperation, there is cooperation,” added the Mexican leader. “But we decide if this cooperation can help as long as our sovereignty is respected.”
“El Chapo” Guzmán is serving a life sentence in the United States.
A burned out vehicle was seated in front of a football stadium in Culiacán, Mexico, one day after gunmen carried out an excessive attack on the Mexican army