The Mexican army struggles with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s desire to avoid confrontation while also dealing with gangs

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, and first lady Beatriz Gutierrez Muller, are flanked by Public Safety Secretary Alfonso Durazo, from left, Secretary of Defense Luis Crescencio Sandoval, Secretary of the Navy Vidal Francisco Soberon, and Mexico's Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero, during a ceremony marking the 34th anniversary of the 1985 earthquake, in Mexico City. Lopez Obrador has given the army a bigger role than it has had in decades, but he also given it the mandate of avoiding civilian casualties. For months, that has meant allowing army patrols to be slapped around by crowds, disarmed and humiliated. But the army's patience appears to be running out, with soldiers firing warning shots in some recent confrontations. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

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