Dozens of luxury motors seized from sticky-fingered politicians and mobsters will cross underneath the hammer this weekend as a part of a populist anti-corruption campaign being waged with the aid of Mexico’s leftist president.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed that proceeds from Sunday’s public sale will be channelled into social programmes and deprived communities.
“We invite absolutely everyone to take part,” said López Obrador, who took office in December and is a friend of the United Kingdom Labour chief, Jeremy Corbyn. “Everything this is confiscated [from criminals] could be surpassed again to the groups, above all of the us of a’s poor groups.”Ricardo Rodríguez Vargas, the director of the newly created Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People, said eighty two vehicles with a mixed valuation of almost £1m could be up for grabs on Sunday.
They encompass a £sixty one,000 Lamborghini Murciélago, a £50,000 Ford Shelby, a pink Corvette, a 2009 Hummer, a set of bulletproof SUVs and, for the less extravagant bidder, a 29-yr-vintage Volkswagen Beetle.
The auction is being held at Los Pinos, a former presidential house in Mexico City lately transformed into a public cultural centre by means of López Obrador.Vargas defined the public sale as an attempt to cease Mexico’s “opposite Robin Hood” device with the aid of which “matters had been taken away from the human beings and given to the corrupt”. He stated: “Not any more. Now, the order is to return this stuff to the humans – who’re the legitimate owners – in a brief, clear [and] obvious way.”
Two other auctions – of luxurious houses and jewelry – can be held in the coming weeks.López Obrador’s pledge to “purify” Mexican politics has enthused corruption-weary citizens who exceeded him a landslide victory final July. Six months into his six-yr time period, polls provide him an approval score of about 70%.
But a few critics see Sunday’s public sale as little extra than a diversion and say there may be little substance to López Obrador’s vows to eradicate corruption. “Bread and circuses,” an competition senator, Javier Lozano, tweeted alongside a photograph of one of the public sale’s Lamborghinis.