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Mexico Vows To Defend Its Citizens, Plans Legal Action Against The US For El Paso Massacre

It’s not just the US that is mourning this weekend’s tragic fight with gun violence. Mexico, too, is suffering alongside as six of its citizens were killed and many more injured in the El Paso shooting on Saturday.

And now that it’s becoming clearer that the alleged shooter targeted Latinos, Mexico is speaking up and taking action on behalf of both Mexican-Americans and Mexicans in the US, making it possible the massacre could quickly become an international incident.

According to Mexican officials on Sunday, the attack would prompt their country to take “forceful legal actions” to protect its citizens in the U.S.

Mexico on Sunday threatened to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens after this weekend’s mass shooting in the border city of El Paso.

Of the 20 people gunned down at a Walmart at the Cielo Vista Mall, at least six were Mexican citizens, and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard promised Mexico City will act.

Ebrard called Saturday’s shooting an “act of barbarism.”

Mexico’s Foreign Minister also said that the massacre was a direct attack against Mexicans.

In a video the minister tweeted on Sunday, he said “We consider this an act of terrorism against the Mexican-American community and Mexican nationals in the United States,” Ebrard told reporters. “Mexico is outraged. But we aren’t proposing to meet hate with hate. We will act with reason and according to the law and with firmness.”

The El Paso shootout prompted rare terse words on the US situation from Mexico’s foreign policy officials.

“The intentionality of the attack against the Mexicans and the Latino community in El Paso is frightening. NO to hate speech. NO to xenophobic discourse,” tweeted Martha Bárcena, Mexico’s ambassador in Washington

The Foreign Minister posted the following video to his Twitter:

In a video posted to his official Twitter page, Ebrard said what happened in El Paso was “unacceptable” and that “the first judicial actions” the government will take will be in accordance with international law.

“Mexico would like to express its utmost profound condemnation and rejection of this barbaric act where innocent Mexican men and women were killed,” Ebrard said. “We are outraged. We do not support the culture of hate.” 

Ebrard also said Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador instructed him to take swift legal action in order to first protect the families who were affected and then “so that Mexico can demand that the United States protect the Mexican community in the United States.”

The Mexican government also announced that they may file an extradition request to try the shooter in the Mexican judicial system.

The Mexican government of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to charge Crusius for committing terrorist acts against Mexicans in the United States. It also wants to extradite Crusius to Mexico. It is also “asking respectfully but firmly that they [the Trump administration] take a clear, strong position against hate crimes.”

“We reaffirm our conviction that no one should confront social problems with the use of force or by inciting others to violence,” said López Obrador

They also plan to take legal action against the manufacturer of the weapon used.

He said his country also plans legal action against the manufacturer of the weapon used in Saturday’s killing and also urged the U.S. to tighten its gun-control laws.

“It’s urgent that we take corresponding actions against weapons,” said Mr. Ebrard, who has frequently blamed permissive American gun laws for Mexico’s high crime rate.

Many people on social media appeared to support Mexico’s approach, glad the country was seeking justice for the victims.

Within 24 hours of the massacre, Mexico was already devising plans to seek justice for victims and hold those responsible accountable. That’s a lot more than the US government has done since the shooting took place.

A few though thought that Mexico should stick to policing crime and issues in its own country.

Mexico is currently facing a record breaking year for homicides are crime in the city’s capital, long thought immune to cartel activity has seen a dramatic increase in violence.

Despite the issues Mexicans face in their own country, Mexico has a right to ensure that its citizens are protected when traveling abroad.

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