Mexican President Says COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Are Tactics “Of Dictators”

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told local reporters during Friday morning press conference in Mexico City that politicians who impose lockdown measures or curfews to limit the spread of the COVID-19 are acting like dictators.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told local reporters during Friday morning press conference in Mexico City that politicians who impose lockdown measures or curfews to limit the spread of the COVID-19 are acting like dictators.

The leftist leader said that pandemic measures that limit people’s movements are “fashionable among authorities … who want to show they are heavy-handed, dictatorship.” The comments came as the Mexican president once again fended off questions about why he almost never wears a face mask, saying it was a question of liberty.

“A lot of them are letting their authoritarian instincts show,” President Lopez Obrador said, pointing out that “the fundamental thing is to guarantee liberty. That’s simply the most important thing.”

His comments came a day after the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Mexico was “in bad shape” with the pandemic and urged its leaders to take the coronavirus seriously.


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