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AMLO’s False Sense of Austerity

May 29, 2019

MEXICO CITY – A recent TV broadcast by Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola centered on La Candelaria, a small indigenous community near Ocosingo, Chiapas, in Southern Mexico.

The Tzeltal indians in La Candelaria are no strangers to hardship and government neglect – few have access to electricity or running water. But austerity, or President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s version of it, has made matters worse. 

Until recently, around 4,000 members of the Tzeltal community received support through Prospera, a government-funded social program that, among other things,...

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