U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone blasts Mexican president
U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone said in presenting his new film “Savages,” in which he takes on the realities of the drug trade between Mexico and the United States, that Mexican President Felipe Calderon is responsible for the “nightmare” his country is going through.
“Calderon is a disaster. He was equivalent to George Bush. It’s a shame because he brought what George Bush brought to this country, he brought a nightmare to Mexico by declaring war on these guys. Four cartels became seven cartels and there is more violence. It’s like a civil war,” the director said Friday.
Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, defeated center-left opponent Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 2006 balloting by a mere 0.56 percent of the vote amid accusations of fraud.
About Calderon’s win in that neck-and-neck finish, Stone said “he did steal the election. I have no doubt that Obrador won.”
He also said “I hope the new party guy is much more pragmatic and gets down to decriminalizing drugs with the U.S.”
Shortly after taking office in December 2006, Calderon militarized the struggle against Mexico’s numerous well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.
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