Xochitl Alvarez/El Universal
In reaction to the attack of the Casino Royale in Monterrey, the former Mexican President announced his decision to become "a voice that calls out for Mexico to follow the path of peace, harmony and nonviolence."
Fox described the attack on the casino as a crime against humanity and called for urgent and exemplary measures against the criminals involved. He said that events like those that occurred in Monterrey have overwhelmed and pummeled the nation.
At the close of a course on public safety in the Fox Center, a combined presidential library and academic center located in Rancho San Cristobal, Guanajuato, the former president called for “decision makers” to review "what is not working, why we are not advancing, why there is a lack of a sense of urgency in the work that lies ahead. "
He called on all political actors and the government to seek new creative solutions through alternative means in search of harmony and the restoration of peace in our society.
Fox pledged his efforts in this "process to reach solutions through an alternative route to restore peace and harmony in our society and to restore the image of our country, confidence in the future and the long-awaited hope."
He added that these events show as that you do not combat violence with violence, which lead to the levels of cruelty that we are seeing and experiencing.
Vicente Fox launched five ideas for discussion and public scrutiny.
"We must analyze the legalization of drugs at the highest level”
“Reinvent and reform our institutions of security and justice, devoloping a professional police force that is respected and supported.”
“Accelerate all policies that lead to income opportunities, employment, education, sport and culture."
"Establish exemplary measures against criminals that commit a crime against humanity."
"Convene a liaison group of experts at the international level to provide ideas and solutions, to call on violent groups to establish a truce, and to assess the suitability of an amnesty law.”
Fox called out to Mexicans to sacifice their comfort and tranquility, and work to restore civil peace and harmony in the country.
At the Fox center, Assistant Secretary of Public Security Alejandro Rubido spoke against the former president’s proposal to negotiate with violent groups.
"From my point of view I do not share the vision of having any kind of truce with criminal groups, they are enemies of the Mexicans, they are attacking and hurting citizens," he said.
He noted that crime is combated with the lawful use of force and the application of energetic social programs.
"We must be firm, we must fight them, any country that has attacked the levels of crime that we are seeing in Mexico today has done it through the use of force, but also with social programs, prevention programs. This is not only violence against violence.”