MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Officers of the Mexican federal police protested on Wednesday against the newly created National Guard, saying their superiors had threatened firings if they did not join the security force, in which they face pay cuts and loss of seniority benefits.
The demonstrations spotlighted the concerns of several hundred officers over being absorbed into President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s new militarized police, formed this year to root out gang violence entrenched nationwide.
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“They’re aiming to keep their jobs, their salaries, their schedules, their bonuses and even their positions once they move on to the National Guard,” Ivan Chavez, a lawyer representing a group of federal police, said in an interview on local radio.
Lopez Obrador has also sent the National Guard to assist with migration duties at the southern and northern borders in a deal struck with the United States to slow record flows of migrants.
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At federal police headquarters and elsewhere in Mexico City, large groups of officers and their supporters held protests, ranging from street blockades in busy areas to holding up signs with slogans such as “Respect...
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