Mexican President to EU: Mexico no longer land of conquest
The Mexican President stresses that his country does not violate human rights, affirming that Mexico is a "pacifist" country that chose non-violence.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador slammed the European Parliament for adopting a resolution that condemns him over the murdering of journalists.
“Know, Members of the European Parliament, that Mexico is no longer a land of conquest,” Lopez Obrador stressed, in reference to the country’s colonial past.
In a statement, he firmly rejected EU criticism of his country's human rights record.
"Mexico chose non-violence"
“No one here is oppressed, freedom of expression and the work of journalists is respected. The state does not violate human rights, like the previous government did, when you, by the way, stayed silent,” he expressed.
In regard to the Ukraine crisis, Lopez Obrador pointed out that "Mexico is a pacifist country that chose non-violence, and we are in favor of dialogue, not war; we don’t send weapons to any country under any circumstances, as you are doing now.”
Mexico will not impose sanctions on Russia
The Mexican President had confirmed this month that the Mexican government will not join the sanctions and intends to maintain good relations with the Russian government.
"We will not take any economic punitive measures because we want to maintain good relations with all governments," he said at a press conference commenting on sanctions imposed on Moscow over its special military operation in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the deaths of journalists in Mexico.
The Parliament said six journalists were killed in Mexico in 2022, calling on Lopez Obrador to “refrain from issuing any communication, which could stigmatize” media people and human rights activists.
Mexico is not a colony of the US
Lopez Obrador had accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of "interfering" after he called for greater accountability over a string of journalist murders.
"The high number of journalists killed in Mexico this year and the ongoing threats they face are concerning," Blinken tweeted.
Responding to Blinken, the Mexican President urged him "to inform yourself and not to act in an interfering manner because Mexico is not a colony of the United States, nor is it a protectorate."