Back­lash of can­di­dates visit over border

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Ye­meni se­cu­rity and med­i­cal of­fi­cials said last night that the death toll in Mon­day’s sui­cide bomb­ing by ISIS in the south­ern city of Aden has risen to 72. The of­fi­cials spoke two days after the sui­cide bomber det­o­nated his pick-up truck among dozens of pro-gov­ern­ment re­cruits. The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rised to speak to the press. The at­tack was the dead­li­est in the city of Aden this year. ISIS said the at­tack was car­ried out “by a fighter from the Is­lamic State who tar­geted a re­cruit­ment cen­tre” . The re­cruits were sign­ing up to join a new unit that Saudi Ara­bia hopes will ul­ti­mately be made up of 5,000 fight­ers. Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto awoke to a storm of crit­i­cism from Mex­i­cans yes­ter­day over his de­ci­sion to meet with US Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, who is widely re­viled in Mex­ico for re­fer­ring to its mi­grants as rapists and crim­i­nals.

For­mer first lady Mar­garita Zavala, her­self a po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, aimed a tweet at Trump, say­ing: “Even though you may have been in­vited, we want you to know you’re not wel­come. We Mex­i­cans have dig­nity, and we re­ject your hate speech.”

At least two protests were al­ready be­ing planned for down­town Mex­ico City and Pena Ni­eto’s of­fice would not say ex­actly where or when the meet­ing would be held, pos­si­bly in a bid to avoid protests out­side the meet­ing site.

Lead­ing his­to­rian En­rique Krauze also ad­dressed a tweet to Trump in English: “Lis­ten ... We Mex­i­cans ex­pect noth­ing less than an apology for call­ing us ‘crim­i­nals and rapists’.”

He com­pared Pena Ni­eto’s meet­ing to Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Neville Cham­ber­lain sign­ing of a 1938 peace pact with Ger­many. “Tyrants are to be con­fronted, not paci­fied,” Krauze told the Tele­visa TV net­work.

Even Pena Ni­eto has made such com­par­isons. Asked about Trump in March, Pena Ni­eto com­plained to the Ex­cel­sior news­pa­per about “these stri­dent ex­pres­sions that seek to pro­pose very sim­ple so­lu­tions”. He said that sort of lan­guage has led to “very fate­ful scenes in the his­tory of hu­man­ity”.

“That’s the way Mus­solini ar­rived and the way Hitler ar­rived,” Pena Ni­eto said.

Yes­ter­day’s trip was due to come hours be­fore Trump de­liv­ered a highly-an­tic­i­pated im­mi­gra­tion speech. It is a defin­ing is­sue for Trump, but one on which he has ap­peared to wa­ver. After say­ing dur­ing his pri­mary cam­paign he would use a “de­por­ta­tion force” to ex­pel all of the es­ti­mated 11 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in the United States il­le­gally, Trump has sug­gested re­cently he might be open to “soft­en­ing” his stance.

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