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Enrique Peña Nieto Says He Wants To “Hit Crime Hard” During Michoacan Speech

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto
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President Enrique Peña Nieto has affirmed his government's resovle to continue its assault on the forces of organized crime in Mexico. During a meeting in Michocan, the President indicated that it was thanks to the help of citizens in the troubled Mexican state that Nazario "El Chayo" Moreno was killed. Peña Nieto recognized Michoacan citizens for their "great attitude and tremendous bravery" through informing officals concerning the activities of organized crime. 

"It was  government secretary that told me, he said: "this isn't about suspicions or different theories. Those people, the people that live under fear and extortion from these groups have seen him,'"explained Enrique Peña Nieto. "It was information from citizens, precisely listening to the society to whom they denounced these activities, that allowed this operation to take place." The Mexican leader affirmed that "Michoacan has become a priority." 

Peña Nieto revealed that the government is working hard improve security conditions and strengthen institutions in the state. He warned, however , that his administration will not fall into the trap of thinking the war has been won. He insisted that his intention is to make sure the state reccuperates entirely from the security concerns that have plagued it recently: "I wan people to be able to dedicate themselves to productivity, not under threats, fear and extortion from organized crime."

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.

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