> I have responded because I have become a type of moral authority. Because they also baptize, get married, honor their dead, have the celebrations. And I tell them I come here as a friend, I'm not here to judge you.
Arguing that the current strategy has failed to stop drug smuggling, violence, or the poverty that feeds them. The left-leaning politician advocates negotiated peace and amnesty for some of the very people currently targeted by the country's security forces. Adopting the philosophy of a local bishop in the violent opium laden mountains of Guerrero, where much of the heroine in the United States originates.
Reuters correspondent Diego Orea.>> Two years ago, Salvador Rangel, the Guerrero bishop, was told that a drug lord was going to kill a priest because he was preaching against the drug war. So the day after, he went to the hills to find that drug lord and they talked for several hours.
And then, he convinced him to pardon the life of the priest.>>
>> Rueters was unable to independently verify
] claims. Lopez Obrador shares the view that getting the powerful gangs to reduce their violence is more realistic than trying to destroy them. He has called for amnesty, which he says is aimed less at appeasing violent criminals and more at aiding poor farmers and drug mules caught up in the illicit trade.
But Lopez Obrador's opposition has called plans a get out of jail free card and a recent poll showed seven out of ten Mexicans are against the idea.