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  • Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City | Photo: EFE

Published 23 January 2019
Opinion

According to President AMLO, the "secret archives" of the Mexican secret police Cisen will be open through a presidential decree.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced Wednesday that he will sign a presidential decree to open the secret archives of the Center for Research and National Security (Cisen), the Mexican "secret police."

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According to the local media outlet SinEmbargo, this department of the police was the "political police used both by governments of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and National Action Party (PAN) to tap phones." According to the president, this organization was used against people who opposed the Mexican political system.

The president was asked if he had read the file on him and responded that he hadn't had time for it yet. "No. But the secret files are going to be opened, there's going to be no limitation. I'm about to sign the decree," he said.

AMLO was one of the main opposition figures for at least 18 years, against former Presidents Vicente Fox, Vicente Calderon and Enrique Peña Nieto. "There was a part of the national archive of the country reserved, there will be no reservation. They will be able to consult all the files," stated AMLO, ensuring that the whole archive will be presented to the society.

On Feb. 13, 1989, Cisen was created after the Directorate of Investigation and National Security was closed. The two entities that existed before the Cisen, were proven to be used by the Mexican state to investigate opposition members.

Allegedly the Cisen was used only in domestic security tasks, however civil organizations and AMLO himself believe that it was also used to keep an eye on politicians that didn't agree with the government.

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