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Members of the Mexican federal police are on strike over President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s newly created, 70,000-man National Guard, saying their superiors have threatened firings if they did not join the militarized security force.
Officers protested on Wednesday, which continued into Thursday, in the face of pay cuts and a loss of seniority benefits.
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The demonstrations spotlighted the concerns of several hundred officers over being absorbed into the leader's new outfit, formed this year to root out gang violence entrenched nationwide.
López Obrador then volunteered 6,000 National Guard soldiers to help stem the flow of migrants across Mexico's southern border with Guatemala after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexicans imports if Obrador didn't react to the humanitarian crisis.
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The Mexican leader last week announced that an additional 15,000 National Guardsmen would also be deployed to its northern border to stop migrants from illegally crossing into the United States.
'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.
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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 our abilities.'
López Obrador reacted by saying there was a 'dark hand' leading the federal police's uprising, suggesting cops were being influenced by his political opponents.
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During a Thursday morning press conference, Mexico's security minister, Alfonso Durazo, hinted that there were some special interest groups backing the federal police agency.
While López Obrador and Durazo didn't mention any names, some groups within the law...
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