Protesters with Mexico's #YoSoy 132 movement march June 30 at the Plaza de las 3 Culturas in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Javier Armas via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)
#YoSoy 132 movement finds worldwide support
In less than three months, the Mexican youth movement #YoSoy 132 ( I am 132) has undergone a remarkable evolution.
Mexican supporters of the #YoSoy 132 movement are reflected in a water puddle during a June 30 march in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Javier Armas via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)
Beginning as a protest against Institutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto at the privately run Ibero-American University in Mexico City on May 11, the movement has since grown by leaps and bounds.
From the beginning, the 132 Movement linked issues-protesting the Televisa network’s long-running promotion of Peña Nieto and questioning the former governor and now virtual president-elect’s role in the repression of protestors at San Salvador Atenco in 2006, an event in which dozens of female detainees were raped or sexually molested.
Lighting up the social networks, the 132 Movement soon appeared in numerous Mexican cities and even small towns. And it has gone international.