Mexican protesters gather in early June in Guadalajara to denounce presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto and the influence of corporate television on Mexico's electoral process. (Photo courtesy of Gabriel Saldana via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)
Yo Soy 132 movement vow post-election political role
A protester in Mexico City holds a sign depicting PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto's hair. (Photo courtesy of JulieHagenbuch via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)
The impact of a social movement can often be gauged not only by the societal reception it gets, but also by the reaction it engenders. And Mexico’s “ I am 132 Movement” is no exception.
Born only several weeks ago as a Mexico City protest of private university students against the media imposition of presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Green Party (PVEM) electoral alliance, the movement has since spread to large cities and small towns across the country.
In the Pacific coast tourist town of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, an estimated 250 young people and their supporters took to the streets earlier this month to demonstrate against Peña Nieto and to call for the democratization of an electronic media dominated by two networks, Televisa and TV Azteça.