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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Massive Protests In Mexico City

Crossposted from
Red Hot Cuppa Politics:

AM Mora y Leon writes about the massive protests in Mexico City yesterday:

Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost Mexico's July 2 presidential election by a narrow margin, has brought his supporters to the streets in a bid to overturn the election, on claims of fraud. The AMLO party, PRD, has yet to substantiate its claim that the election has been conducted in any way other than exemplarily. Observers from the European Union and other places have said it was clean. I was in Tijuana for the election and the AMLO party (PRD) observer also said that what he saw as clean, when I asked at a polling station. But it appears that the AMLO voters are angry at the result and insisting it must be due to fraud. If they could just produce proof! But it seems to me that the problem is the result.

To be fair, it's not that he hasn't been ripped off in elections past. But 2006 is not 1988 and he'd be better off offering a stronger, more pragmatic political platform, something better than messianism and handouts, to be financed by the monetary printing press. Losing's a bitch, but I do not think that taking to the streets is the answer. Not only is it not the answer, it's also something he's unlikely to win at. He needs to buck up.

Maybe it goes like this: By AMLO's logic, if he `represents the people' how could it be possible that the people could reject him? It's impossible! It all must be a plot.
Heh. He links to two pretty lame articles from the WashingtonPost, giving Obrador advice based on how the Dems should have responded in 2000. Where's Robert Kennedy when you need a good conspiracy yarn, eh?

Incidentally, Silvio Canto received an announcement from a friend in Mexico. It seems that while Mexican illegal immigrants get to flood out streets in protest of immigration reform ... Americans are not allowed to protest in Mexico!
The U.S. Embassy advises its citizens in Mexico to avoid demonstrations that may be held in support or protest of the results of the Mexico's recent Presidential election.

The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners, and such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Media reports indicate that demonstrations are planned to be held in Mexico City beginning July 8, 2006.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid any large crowds, to avoid downtown Mexico City and surrounding areas during active demonstrations.

We wish to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any protests. Since the timing and routes of marches and demonstrations are always subject to change, U.S. citizens should monitor local media sources for new developments ...
Silvio advises his readers not to laugh too hard, but it's hard not to chortle a little bit.

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