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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

AMLO Supporters Call For La Revolucion!

I'm surprised he hasn't invoked the name of Mexico's evil neighbor to the North to drum up more support...it certainly works well in the rest of the world.

Cross posted from Red Hot Cuppa Politics:

AMLO's merry masses gathered outside of the electoral offices in Mexico City yesterday to protest the partial re-count decision. Plans are to step up the protest.

From the WashingtonPost:

"...Lopez Obrador warned his supporters over the weekend that his quest to overturn the election result could be a long struggle, and he cranked up his rhetoric on Monday night.

"We are seeking the transformation of our country, and it is going to happen one way or another," he said. "We are going to change the reality of injustice and oppression that has done so much damage. We are going to purify public life."

Calderon's camp criticized Lopez Obrador as intransigent.

"Their logic is all or nothing, this can only lead to the law of the jungle," Cesar Nava, a senior aide to Calderon, said on a nightly news program.
More ominiously, this morning, the AP is reporting that quite a few of Obrador's supporters were shouting "Revolution!" with their fists in the air in response to his oratory last night.

Of course, he has convinced them that he is the one that really won the election -- a situation familiar to Gore voters in 2000. But, here in the US, the losing party was content to obstruct in Congress, hammer vitriol in the media and undercut the President's credibility as often as possible.

Mexico has a much, much different history of "political solutions". The irony is that throughout Mexican history, no matter which elite or peasant group seizes power, the rampant corruption at all levels of government remains constant, and the people wind up as dirt poor as they've always been.

At any rate, when Mexican peasants start shouting RevoluciĆ³n, we'd better take it very, very seriously (and we think we have border problems now).

Will follow.

Incidentally, MarkInMexico has an update on the situation in Oaxaca (where he lives); he's taking reports of shooting with a grain of salt, but has found evidence that something did happen.

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