From London daily News Line:
Thursday, 20 July 2006
‘Civil resistance’ launched in Mexico – after one million march against ‘rigged election’
The opposition Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) has launched a campaign of ‘civil resistance’, after more than one million Mexicans rallied on Sunday to denounce ballot rigging in Mexico’s presidential election.
Millions of supporters of PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are demanding a vote-by-vote recount, after it was announced that Obrador had lost the election by 0.6 per cent to his right-wing rival Felipe Calderon.
The Harvard-educated Calderon, a former energy minister, was the candidate of the ruling National Action Party (PAN).
Obrador headed Sunday’s massive march in Mexico City to demand a recount of the July 2 poll.
People from across the country travelled to the capital to take part in the protest which ended in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s vast central square.
The crowds were in a determined mood, with bands playing, firecrackers ripping through the sky, and parents singing and dancing with their children, waving yellow PRD flags.
‘Stop this lie!’, ‘Stop this fraud!’, ‘Respect our vote!’ they demanded, with cries of of ‘Down with Calderon! – We want Obrador!’
Angry workers at the protest described the right-wing government as ‘liars’ and ‘thieves’ and denounced the privatisation programme of the PAN.
‘All their families and all their people, they have broken our nation. They have stolen everything they can,’ said one worker.
David Bacon, Truthout: “Calderon’s policies, which have produced these results, are part of a program of economic liberalization opening Mexico to private, domestic and especially foreign capital…. This is what the zocalo protesters want to change and why they call themselves ‘indignant Mexicans.’ Next year, in July, that chance will come again, as the country goes to the polls to elect a new president. The Constitution prohibits re-election, but Calderon’s National Action Party will undoubtedly nominate a candidate who will defend the government’s record and call for more of the same”: here.
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