Mexican activists ask international pressure to probe election fraud allegations
July 11, 2012
Rio Grande Digital
Alleging that Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party purchased up to 5 million votes to win the July 1 elections, activists are calling for international scrutiny of the suspected vote-buying and other irregularities.
The video above, posted Tuesday to YouTube, pleads for international intervention. It was shot by activists and supporters in Canada.
Posting on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, members of the YoSoy132 movement and others stepped up the pressure this week with Internet memes, such as “Mexico needs your help” and “Sending out a SOS to the world.”
At issue is the victory of Enrique Peña Nieto, whose PRI party ruled Mexico for more than 70 years before being unseated by the National Acion Party’s Vicente Fox in the 2000 election. Mexico’s current President Felipe Calderon, who served as Fox’s finance minister, also is of the PAN.
In addition to vote-buying, the groups allege irregularities in the vote counting process, kidnappings of opposition party leaders and other things.