Mexico’s military spending soars as human rights situation worsens

A poster denouncing the U.S. Merida plan is held up at a protest. (Reuters)
A poster denouncing the U.S. Merida plan is held up at a protest. (Reuters)

TeleSur

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent more on the military budget in 2014 than any other previous Mexican government, Sin Embargo reported Tuesday.

Analyzing the Swiss-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Military Expenditure Database, the Mexican news outlet revealed that Peña Nieto’s administration closed 2014 with a record military budget reaching $8.66 billion, along with a spike in weapons purchases.

Accusations of torture and kidnappings committed by the police and the military have also risen 600 percent from 2003 to 2013.

This amount represents 0.7 percent of the Mexican gross domestic product – while Mexican investment in science in technology, for instance, never exceeded 0.5 percent.

A great part of the expenses have been due to the purchase of military equipment, much of it bought from the United States, and has reached an unprecedented level, Sin Embargo pointed out.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Military-Spending-Soars-as-Human-Rights-Situation-Worsens-20160105-0013.html

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