February 6, 2023

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador (proper) waves as he marches in assist of his administration in Mexico Metropolis on Sunday.

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Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador (proper) waves as he marches in assist of his administration in Mexico Metropolis on Sunday.

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MEXICO. A whole lot of 1000’s marched Sunday within the Mexican capital in assist of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who led a few of the nation’s largest protests earlier than taking workplace.

The “Individuals’s March” marked 4 years of the leftist’s rule and was a response to a big opposition march two weeks in the past to protest López Obrador’s proposal to reform the nation’s electoral system.

The president himself led a Sunday march by downtown Mexico Metropolis, which was accompanied by mariachi music, singing and a festive ambiance. Many individuals have been taken by bus from the provinces of Mexico on journeys organized by the ruling Morena celebration, commerce unions and group teams.

“Efficient suffrage, efficient democracy and no re-elections,” he mentioned in a speech after the march, during which he repeated his slogans about supporting the poor and preventing the oligarchy.

The opposition insisted that many individuals have been pressured to hitch the march, however López Obrador mentioned he didn’t put “a penny” from the federal price range into the march. Demonstrators interviewed mentioned they got here voluntarily.

However in lots of instances transportation was supplied by native authorities or politicians who needed to be thought of inside the ruling celebration.

Gabi Contreras, the previous mayor of Morena, introduced a bunch from Teoloiucán, north of the capital, and was the one one among her group with the appropriate to talk. “We’re right here to assist the president.”

Pedro Sanchez, a bricklayer who got here together with his spouse from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, mentioned his municipality organized every thing. A whole lot of buses carrying the individuals lined the close by streets.

“I flew in from Sonora on a airplane and paid for the ticket,” Lopez Obrador’s lawyer and supporter America Verdugo mentioned.

Nelli Muñoz, administrator of the Nationwide Autonomous College of Mexico, mentioned “it is known as ‘group’ and imagine it or not, that is what we have been doing since 2006.”

The date was a reference to the 12 months Lopez Obrador received 0.56% of the vote to turn into president and denounced his defeat as a fraud. Many supported him by launching a mass protest motion.

Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador march in Mexico Metropolis, Sunday, November 27, 2022.

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Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador march in Mexico Metropolis, Sunday, November 27, 2022.

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López Obrador was elected president 12 years later, and his Morena celebration received 4 of six races for governor in final 12 months’s midterm elections, giving the ruling celebration management of twenty-two of Mexico’s 32 states, a serious benefit forward of the 2024 presidential election.

However the authorities has been criticized for its elevated use of the army, legal guidelines whose constitutionality has been questioned within the courts, and its assist for controversial megaprojects. A few of the individuals who assist the president are actually his critics.

Clara Jusidman, founding father of INCIDE Social, an NGO specializing in democracy, growth and human rights, mentioned it wasn’t the variety of marchers that mattered, however “why they participated.”

She mentioned many Mexicans really feel obligated to take part as a result of they obtain cash transfers from the federal government, which is its essential approach of supporting these in want. Others wish to be within the celebration’s good graces forward of native, state and presidential elections in 2024. High contenders emerged on the march to switch López Obrador as Morena’s 2024 presidential candidate.

However there was no scarcity of followers for the Mexican President, who maintains a excessive approval score.

Alberto Cervantes, who had traveled from Los Angeles to hitch the march, had the president’s face and “AMLO 4T” tattooed on his arm. AMLO is a well-liked abbreviation for López Obrador, and 4T refers back to the “4th transformation” that López Obrador says he’s doing in Mexico.

Lorena Vaca, who waved the flag of the LGBTQ group, mentioned she got here to ask for extra consideration to girls and transgender individuals.

“There are issues we don’t agree with… however that doesn’t imply we don’t assist the Fourth Transformation course of,” mentioned Aurora Pedroche, a Morena essential sector member who doubts the celebration’s management however helps the president.

The Mexican opposition known as an enormous march, fearing that López Obrador deliberate to make use of his proposed reforms to threaten the independence of the electoral establishment and make it extra depending on his celebration.

López Obrador repeatedly criticized the march and mentioned a number of days later that he would name his personal march.

“You may’t make modifications in a single day and Andres Manuel isn’t infallible,” Pedrosh mentioned. “However we have been working arduous and we do not need it to be reversed.”

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