Week of March 24 – March 29, 2019
1. Defense Secretary presents National Guard’s uniforms
During one of President Lopez Obrador’s morning press conferences, Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval presented the new uniforms for members of the National Guard. He said that 150 out of 266 teams will be on duty by mid-April. Similarly, he said that the Guard’s leader would be announced by the end of next week.
2. Popocatépetl volcano activity prompts yellow alert
Recent activity in the Popocatépetl Volcano in Mexico has activated the yellow alert, according to the Civil Protection’s Twitter account. A first explosion was recorded at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, which also caused fire around the area.
3. AMLO calls for an apology from the King of Spain and the Pope
President Lopez Obrador sent a letter to the President of Spain, another letter to the Pope so that the violations committed can be acknowledged, and build a record of the grievances occurred during the Spanish conquest period. The Spanish government said it had received a letter with the same demand from Lopez Obrador weeks earlier, on March 1 but it declined to apologize.
4. The country braces for a new caravan of Central American migrants
Mexico is bracing for the possible arrival of the “mother of all caravans,” even as doubts arise over whether the group of Central Americans will be all that big. Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero has said a caravan of migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala could be forming.
5. #MeToo reaches Mexico: women report harassment at work
The #MeToo movement, nearly dormant in Mexico, was jump-started when activist posted messages on Twitter last weekend when she accused a young writer of having beaten and abused more than 10 women. The tweets inspired an avalanche of hundreds of messages on social media in which women detailed everything from common indignities like lewd advances and harassment to sexual assault and rape.
6. Christopher Landau is named new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Relations approved the U.S. President’s appointee Christopher Landau as new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Landau is a lawyer from Harvard University and has litigated in the Supreme Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Applications.