Excerpt: Politics365 On The Rise Of The ‘Mexican Spring’

Courtesy: Los Angeles Times

Less than ten years after losing control of the executive branch, and by extension, the country, the PRI won effective control of the lower house of the legislature, a broad swath of the country’s largest cities and five out of six gubernatorial races. The PRI’s electoral success automatically converted their most elected official and party leader, Enrique Peña Nieto, a front-runner in the 2012 presidential campaign. Polls demonstrated voters believed the PRI had not changed.

But they didn’t care. Millions of Mexicans felt nostalgia for the “functionality” of the old, antidemocratic regime, and still do.

As of last week, a Mitofsky poll confirmed that Peña Nieto remains comfortably in the lead. And as such is predicted to win the presidential election, returning the PRI to Los Pinos (Mexico’s White House).

But Mexico’s young people are especially incensed that victory by Enrique Peña Nieto on July 1 is often portrayed as a fait accompli. Thousands of students have poured into the streets of Mexico City for the second time in a week to protest the way the nation’s upcoming presidential election is being run and, more specifically, covered in the Mexican media. The young people taking to the streets come from a wide range of schools—public, private, leftist, rightist, and Catholic. They are decidedly anti-Peña Nieto, an unmistakable, unifying sentiment expressed by the banners and signs they carry. Nevertheless, these manifestations, like the Occupy movement erupting from Zuccotti Park, go beyond partisan politics, and represent a broader questioning of the status quo.

– From “Yo Soy 132 and the Mexican Spring,” by Unai Montes-Irueste

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Ayala/100002133941364 Thomas Ayala

    el pri …. es simbolo de  corrupcion  en sus filas solo hay ..gente  ambiciosa por  el poder y  rriquesa  unicamente piensan en ellos y sus familias nunca piensan en la gente pobre …en fin el pri son una plaga  que esta  acabando con nuestro pais   para que mexico .progrese el gobierno actual debe llebar a los tribunales alos a los alcaldes municipales  gobernadores y diputados .que a pesar de que tienen un salario mensual que no meresen ..estan  en las nominas de diferentes caerteles…..si el gobierno actual sabe todo esto y no  hace nada es porque tambien tienen cola que les pisen  todos son una basura  ………por lo pronto..lo que nosotros podemos hacer es tener un muy serio acuerdo entre los jobenes amistades y familia….mi un solo voto al pri…amen