“Mexico will not become Venezuela”: massive protest against AMLO
“AMLO, resign” was the key slogan for thousands of Mexicans who oppose López Obrador’s government
Mexico was dressed in white as thousands of people took to the streets of the largest Mexican cities shouting “Mexico will not become Venezuela”, showing their rejection of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policies. López Obrador has been in office for a year and a half and the laws he has signed have been almost identical to those of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. For instance, he created a National Security Guard, stirring fear and anger among his fellow citizens.
The slogan “AMLO, Resign” was also visible at the street protests, as well as many repudiating the harassment of the opposition press, which was overtly threatened by López Obrador.
Accusations of mismanaging Pemex, the oil national company, triggered shouts and posters stating “wrecking Pemex is corruption” and “if you cannot do the job, just quit!”
The protesters chose a patriotic date, May 5th, for “the march of silence”, which has been subjected to mockery and criticism, from images aiming to underplay the number of attendants, to the use of the pejorative term “fifí” (posh), arguing that only the wealthiest people protest against the populist leader.
Reactions to the protest
Communication and Transportation Secretary Javier Jiménez Espriú sarcastically declared that not only was the protest massive, but it incorporated all segments of society opposing Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration.
“I never thought that all those who are against AMLO would come to the protest… But all of them came!”
Among the thousands of protesters who marched from the Ángel de la Independencia to the Monumento de la Revolución in Mexico City, there were mothers who complained against AMLO’s lies about the official numbers about violence in Mexico.
Just in the first months of 2019, three minors have been killed daily. According to the organization Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México (Redim), 285 children have been assassinated. The most prominent case was a the assassination of a baby in a shooting in Veracruz that shook the country.
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