Mar 15, 2012

Drug War: Planes with Heavy Artillery do not Combat Drug Trafficking

La Jornada: "Air Base Santa Lucia, Mexico State. The planes and helicopters that were recently acquired by the Air Force are used to support the Mexican army in the war against drug trafficking, but only for aerial operations. According to international legal rules, their artillery cannot be used against civilians, affirmed Mexican Air Force lieutenant Jorge Arrendondo Abitia.

“International human rights law tells us that we can’t intervene in the combat against these criminal groups (which are using rocketlaunchers, bombs, or grenade launchers). It’s a question of proportionality with the respect to the enemy,” said the lieutenant during a conference with journalists. Arrendondo Abitia spoke to them about the infrastructure of the Air Force uses." Full Spanish original

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