Facing Mexico’s violence in one of its most violent cities, López Obrador stubbornly offers hope

 Relatives of violence victims speak with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during the forum "For Peace and National Reconciliation" in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, on August 7, 2018.    (HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Relatives of violence victims speak with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during the forum "For Peace and National Reconciliation" in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, on August 7, 2018.  

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By the Dallas News, an online arm of The Dallas Morning News.  By Alfredo Corchada.

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — Facing a restless city awash in renewed violence, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he's ready to start a new approach and urged locals to forgive, but never forget. 

"There is thirst for justice," he said Tuesday during remarks in which at times he had to go off script to address a tense crowd. Many in the audience had lost family members to the seemingly endless wave of murders in Juárez. They urged punishment for those who victimized them.

"I will take Mexico's security problems as a personal matter," López Obrador said. "We will attend to your needs. We will find justice for Juárez and for other parts of the country."  Continue reading