Outraged Parent of Disappeared Confronts Top Mexican Diplomat In New York (10/27/2017); 0100
La Cartita -- Diego Gomez Pickering, the General Consul of the Mexican embassy in New York, was confronted at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 26, 2017, by the parent of one of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students. The tumultuous exchange between the increasingly embattled Mexican official and supporters of the 43 kidnapped Ayotzinapa students marked the 37th month since the disappearance. His predecessor, Sandra Fuentes Berain, was forced to retire after a series of public relations fiascos pertaining to her inability to contain protests.Tweet Background: Mexican Diplomat Charged With Repairing Government Image
"So, you're a spy?" protestors try to make sense of general consul's statements on his diplomatic work. (10/26/2017) Source: La Cartita
Diego Gomez Pickering was the former ambassador to the UK for several years prior to ascending to the coveted New York post. In the UK, his priorities were to promote tourism. Tourism in key spots of Mexico is down by 10 percent due to the country's declining security situation. Severed heads in a cooler and wild shootouts have plagued Cancun and the border areas of Ciudad Juarez, leaving tourists in a risky position should they choose to visit.
While his position boasts a chafeur and secretary, but Gomez Pickering has struggled to promote the extremely unpopular pro-NAFTA and pro-Drug War positions of the Mexican government amongst the Mexican people in New York. While the business community has been warmed to his generic pro-foreign and exploitative investments, Mexicans have remained skeptical. He was last seen promoting NAFTA in Bloomberg's New York HQ.NAFTA: Mexican Government Differs Greatly From Mexican People
Most Mexicans see NAFTA and the Drug War as inherently bad for Mexican interests, without much concern for Donald Trump's position on either topic. NAFTA accounts for the vast majority of displacement which led to Mexicans migrating towards US-Mexico border states. The economic agreement between the three states is well understood to have wreacked havoc in rural agricultural economies. The Mexican people were stuck with dirty manufacturing jobs as a result."I'm A Diplomat, Not A Politician"
Upon hearing, "I'm a diplomat, not a politician" many Mexicans laughed at the assertion and responded with questions about his role as a spy. As the city's top Mexican diplomat walked away from the community, many shouted 'Asesino' (Murderer) and continued to question him about the consulate's attempts to steer academic instutions away from voices critical of the Mexican government.