Tag Archives: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

New, old grievances rile border residents

The activists passed out literature, signed up new members and stringed rows of posters across the base of the monument to Mexico’s most revered president that assailed the policies of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his packet of labor, education, energy and tax reforms.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

On Sundays, the Benito Juarez Monument in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is a popular community gathering spot of goods, services, culture and ideas.

Mexico’s hot political summer

Protesters denouce alleged electoral fraud July 7 in Tabacalera, Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Ismael Villafranco via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

Demonstrators gather July 7 in Tabacalera, Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Ismael Villafranco via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

A little more than a week after Mexicans went to the polls, conflict and controversy swirl around the July 1 elections. Almost everywhere-in the halls of Congress, on the Sunday talk shows, in bars and cafes and on the streets-the results are the hot topic of conversation. And claiming fraud, a growing citizen’s movement is crossing borders and transforming the elections into an international issue.

The so-called Mexican Spring has now transitioned into the Hot Summer of 2012.

“We’re protesting how the new president of Mexico has been imposed upon us,” said a woman who would identify herself only as Michele at a weekend protest in the international resort city of Puerto Vallarta. “They are buying votes and not respecting the votes of the people.”

Ghosts linger in the 2012 Mexican elections

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Making a surprise appearance in a television time slot that was previously billed as an official first look at the day’s election results, Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party 8 (PRI) strode before the television cameras late in the evening of July 1 to give a victory speech even as the ballots were still being counted.

Mexico’s youth movement forges ahead

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.)

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

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.

Mixed mood in Mexico as July 1 vote looms

Supporter of PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador displays campaign materials on June 23 in Calle Madero, Mexico City. Mexico will elect a new president and various other officials on July 1. (Photo courtesy Randal Sheppard via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

PRI poised for return to Los Pinos

Virtually uncovered in the US press and given secondary treatment in the Mexican national media, the local and state elections will have important consequences for the distribution of power during the next several years, especially considering the enhanced autonomy of municipal and state governments in relation to federal authority.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

As Mexico’s political campaigns wind down in preparation for the big election day on July 1, mixed moods of doubt, anger, tension, confusion, excitement, exhaustion, resignation and hope grip the body politic.

Inside Mexico’s new youth rebellion

Vendors sell drinks to protesters in Mexico City's Zocalo during June 10 YoSoy132 demonstration. (Photo courtesy Julie Louisa Hagenbuch via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.).

Mexico to choose new president July 1

Kent Paterson

 Frontera NorteSur

In Aguascalientes, Mexico, a group of young people passed out leaflets to passerby in the city’s busy downtown. A young

A sign from the YoSoy132 movement is seen in Mexico City on May 23. (Photo courtesy Marianna Fierro via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below)

woman wore a homemade poster that protested the murders of women in the state of Mexico, while her companions distributed leaflets that flashed a satiric image of former Mexico state governor and current presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto.

Contrasting Peña’s spending on publicity with a state debt the 2012 standard-bearer of the Institutional Revolutionary Party and Mexican Green Party reportedly left behind,  the broadside also criticized Peña’s gubernatorial record for other affronts to society, including increased crime rates, higher malnutrition and the 2006 state raid against protesters in the town of Atenco that resulted in international human rights complaints of police rape.

“Inform yourself well,” the leaflet appealed. “And think through your vote.”

Mexico’s choice: Peña Nieto or Lopez Obrador

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

With less than three weeks remaining before Mexicans elect new leaders on July 1, the presidential race appears to have narrowed between Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)  and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of a three-party coalition united in the Progressive Movement.

Mexico: Year of the Grasshopper

 Frontera NorteSur

As Mexico enters the final weeks of the 2012 election campaign, the grasshoppers are hopping about the land. In Mexican political lingo, a chapulin, or grasshopper, is a person who jumps from one political party to another, even if the two organizations are diametrically opposed in ideology. On June 5, the secretary-general of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the strategic state of Guerrero became the latest politico to switch sides.

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