The culture of “lynching” – El Sol de México

In Mexico, lynching occurred again. Every day we become more normalized in reading in newspapers that: neighbors attacked a criminal who was trying to break into a house; or that they hit a passenger of a truck, while he tried to steal a cell phone; or that men and women beat up a rapist with shovels.

The latest news on this topic was the lynching of the alleged murderer of the girl Camila in Taxco at the hands of neighbors, who, out of anger at the incompetence of the authorities to stop her, beat her to death. The other case happened at the gym I go to, when three thieves were trying to steal a Pick-up, the owner caught them “red-handed”, got into the vehicle and ran over one of the criminals. When his friends and exercise partners realized what was happening, they came to his aid to lynch him, even though he was lying run over. And with these events, the aggressors became victims, making the matter more complex.

Justice and the rule of law should prevail, but these acts are the consequence of a citizenry tired of the ineptitude of the institutions that should guarantee security. “Lynching” is then established – as some say – as a culture to achieve justice. This illicit practice constitutes a national problem that weakens institutions, affects human rights and violates the law, but what is the alternative if the State leaves people orphaned by crime?

This expression, called revenge by many, is the maximum expression of the impunity that exists in the country, which is as high as the ego of Argentines, unattainable, although AMLO says otherwise. Maybe for him he is the height of Benito Juárez, 1.37 m. but the truth is that he is almost 100%.

It is understandable the degree of social irritation that leads people to inflict harm on another for their alleged actions, even depriving them of their life. Anger and boredom prevail. The insufficiency of the State and failed security policies and strategies, leaves this government as the one that “had good intentions”, which left ordinary citizens with the responsibility of finding their own justice. It’s good that López Obrador is leaving. The problem is not eradicated, it is passed on to the next president.

Sheinbaum’s proposal to attack the causes of violence, rather than intervene directly, is good and if we can “land” it, we will erect a monument to him, but to date he has not said how much money it will cost him to achieve it. Perhaps he has not said it, because it will be more expensive than 100 Cien Bocas, 100 AIFAS, 100 Mayan trains, because he will have to create the conditions so that people do not have the need to steal and commit crimes, and if they do, that the police, prosecutors and Judges, do your job faithfully. I consider that his strategy is good, but it is based on another promise full of good intentions and not realities. Xóchitl proposes mega prisons. It is a little more real to the context in which we live, but heavy-handed policies are not sustainable.

Maybe if the two candidates sat down and shared points of view, something could be done. The sad thing is that, individually, both are worth a peanut. For the first time there will be a female president in Mexico, but one of the “least worst” candidates they could find.

Let us hope that, in the next debate, one of the questions will be: What is the alternative to crime? And what do you plan to do to stop social “savagery” and achieve credibility in the institutions? For now, let’s see what the next news is about another lynching.

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