Mexico in short: President needs to boost minimal wage; The gang chief’s lawyer was killed –

Low-paid workers would make $ 9 a day in 2021. In the meantime, the lawyer for the respected gang leader was shot dead in Juarez

by: Julian Resendiz

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 / 5:23 pm ESTUpdated: December 10, 2020 / 5:23 pm EST

A salesman wearing a face mask stands outside a fashion accessories store at the start of the Christmas season in Mexico City on December 1, 2020 amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. – The government of Mexico City reported that the orange alert is still active due to the high number of COVID-19 infections registered in the city. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP via Getty Images)

EL PASO, Texas (Boundary Report) – The President of Mexico says he plans to increase the minimum wage in his country by 15% through 2021 to offset a decade-long decline in people’s purchasing power.

“We are conducting a dialogue about raising the minimum wage, and the (minimum wage) commission is working on that. We cannot accelerate anything, but it is fair and necessary that we increase the minimum wage as much as possible, ”said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during his press conference in Mexico City on Thursday.

The current minimum wage in Mexico is $ 6.11 per day. The proposal would increase it to $ 7 a day. The minimum wage in cities bordering the United States is $ 9.33.

Lopez Obrador said his government raised wages by 16% and 20% respectively in early 2019 and 2020, but his country still ranks 81st in the world in terms of wages.

He blames the policies of previous business-friendly administrations for this. “The idea is to regain purchasing power that we lost in four decades,” he said.

Reports: Murdered Juarez lawyer represented the leader of the drug gang ‘Aztecas’

A lawyer murdered in Juarez this week was the registered lawyer of an imprisoned “Aztec” gang leader, a newspaper reported.

Juarez police investigate the vehicle in which the lawyer was shot. (Photo by Roberto Delgado / Special to Border Report)

35-year-old Miguel Ángel Almanza Álvarez was shot twelve times with a 0.40 caliber gun in his car at an intersection on Tuesday morning, El Diario reported. According to the newspaper, he is the seventh lawyer to have died a violent death in Juarez since 2019.

Almanza was a criminal defense attorney whose client included Rene Gerardo Garza Santana, also known as “300”, the newspaper reported. Chihuahua state authorities said his work may have cost the lawyer his life.

“We are examining the cases that the lawyer has handled very carefully to see if this could have been the reason why he fell victim to this aggression,” said Attorney General Cesar Augusto Peniche on a conference call.

Garza Santana was the leader of an “Aztec” faction and, according to El Diario, worked closely with the La Linea cartel.

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