100,000 Mexicans oppose electoral reform

In Mexico, 100,000 people demonstrated in the main square of Mexico City’s capital on Sunday to protest electoral reforms.

The square, believed to have a capacity of around 100,000 people, was unable to accommodate many of the demonstrators.

Most of the demonstrators were dressed in white and pink – the colors of the National Electoral Institute – and chanted slogans such as “Don’t touch my vote!”

Mexico’s parliament last week approved reforms proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that include wage cuts, funding for local election commissions and training for citizens who manage and control polling stations.

Penalties for candidates who fail to report campaign spending have also been reduced.

“He wants to go back in time,” said protester Enrique Bastian, 64, a veterinarian, recalling the 1970s and 1980s, when the Institutional Revolutionary Party ruled Mexico with fraud and handouts, when “the government controlled the elections. independence”.

Businessman Fernando Gutierrez, 55, said: “López Obrador wanted to bring Mexico under a socialist government. This can be seen in the sending of aid to Cuba.”

López Obrador imported coronavirus vaccines, railroad ballast and medical workers from Cuba, but showed little interest in socialist politics at home.

Source: AB

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