Mexico Sees Rise in Robberies Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Mexico Sees Rise in Robberies Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Mexico’s government wants to ensure safety for farmers, truckers, and supermarkets so as to guarantee the food supply even in a worst-case situation for the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the main agriculture lobby stated Monday.

Mexico Sees Rise in Robberies Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Mexicans have been fearful that measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak would result in widespread looting. Criminals have robbed stores that had been closed and posted calls on social media for people to ransack companies.

The head of the Mexican retailers’ association, ANTAD, mentioned there had been 16 instances of looting, principally at convenience stores, since March 17.

“The vision of the agro-food sector is in the worst-case situation we’ll continue with the supply network. Due to the latitude and longitude of our nation, we have fresh produce throughout the year, and there is adequate stock to see this crisis through,” stated Bosco de la Vega, head of the National Farm Council (CNA).

“In the looting, there have been some electronics robbed from specialty stores, there has been theft of liquor, wines. It’s widespread criminality,” said Vicente Yanez, president of ANTAD.

Mexican Prez Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated Friday that violence among felony groups had endured despite the pandemic of the coronavirus.

Mexico registered more murders in March than in any month of Lopez Obrador’s administration, preliminary figures showed, suggesting that social distancing steps weren’t adequate to stop the violence.

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