You might not know it but since the beginning of this month Mexico has seen some of the largest protests the world has ever seen. And you might not know it because despite the significance of these protests news coverage has been almost totally blackout in the MSM. The protest marches are being called “megamarcha” and have taken place primarily in Mexico City. However, the protests have also taken place in other cities throughout Mexico.
These protests started after the election of Mexico’s new president who will take office in December. Protestors allege massive voter fraud and corruption in the elections as the PRI returns to power in December. The PRI ran Mexico for 70 years and that political party has a history of corruption and oppression in Mexico. Over 50% of the people in Mexico are poor and one of the allegations is that the PRI passed out gift cards to the nation’s largest supermarket in order to buy votes. Protestors say they are tired of the corruption and injustices in Mexico and they are tired of the drug killings carried out by the drug cartels. Mexicans are also tired of taxation and having no jobs. The protests are also demonstrating against dictatorial corporations that protestors say are raping the country, destroying the environment, and exploiting poor workers.
PRI candidtate Enrique Pena Nieto won the presidential election earlier this month and his win signals the return of the disliked PRI party to power. Protestors say he didn’t win but bought his way to victory over leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Many of Mexico’s 112 million people are refusing to accept Pena Nieto’s election and the return of the PRI. The PRI was ousted from power in 2000 amid accusations of fixed elections and repression. The new president inherits a nation plagued by problems such as the drug war and a failing economy that can’t create jobs. Most of the protestors are young people in their 20s. Protestors are also upset with Mexican TV as documents were leaked to local and foreign media alleging Pena Nieto paid Televisa TV for years of glowing reports and coverage about him and the PRI. Both deny the accusations however.
The legal limit for campaigning in Mexico is $30 million but critics are alleging that the PRI spent up to $500 million to get their man elected. Protestors have marched several times and plan to be marching tomorrow, Saturday, around the country.
It’s just not Mexico that is tired of the no jobs, bad economy, lies, corruption, oppression, and repression. People all around the world are tired of these things and they’ve had enough! I’m glad to see young Mexicans standing up and fighting back against the oppression and corruption in Mexico. That is the only way things are going to change. When people STAND UP!