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March for Democracy’ sees thousands protest against Mexico’s president and governing party


From the heart ‍of MEXICO CITY — A sea of pink-clad ⁢protestors took to the streets in numerous cities across Mexico and even in foreign lands on Sunday. Their ⁣mission? A “march for democracy” aimed at challenging the country’s ruling party ahead of the upcoming elections on June 2.

These demonstrations, orchestrated by Mexico’s opposition parties, were a⁤ call to arms for transparent and equitable elections in‌ the Latin American country. They also⁢ served as a platform to voice their concerns about corruption. This all happened on the same⁢ day that ⁢Claudia Sheinbaum, the presidential front-runner, officially registered‌ as a candidate for the ruling party, ⁤Morena.

Sheinbaum is widely perceived as a successor to Mexico’s immensely ‍popular populist leader, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.⁣ He is revered by a large ⁤number of voters who⁢ believe he successfully challenged the country’s elite parties in⁤ 2018 ​and is a true ⁣representative of the working class.

However, the 70-year-old president has also faced criticism for actions that some believe could jeopardize the country’s democracy. Last year, he drastically cut funding for the National⁣ Electoral Institute, the country’s electoral agency, and weakened the oversight of campaign spending. The head ‌of INE warned that such actions ⁤could “wind ​up poisoning democracy itself.” The agency’s‍ color, pink, has been adopted as a symbol by the protestors.

López Obrador ​has also ⁤been known to target journalists in lengthy press briefings, frequently criticize Mexico’s judiciary, and allege that judges are part of a conservative conspiracy against his administration.

In Mexico City on Sunday, the city’s main plaza was awash with thousands of pink-clad protestors chanting “get López out.” Some held signs that‌ read “the power‌ of the ‍people is greater than the ‌people in ⁢power.”

Among the opposition ​groups participating⁣ in the‍ march were the National⁤ Civic Front, Yes for Mexico, Citizen Power, Civil Society Mexico, UNE Mexico, and United ​for Mexico.

“Democracy doesn’t solve ⁣lack of water, ⁤it doesn’t solve hunger, it doesn’t solve a lot of things. But without democracy,‌ you can’t solve ‌anything,” stated Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, a notable⁣ politician from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in a video posted on social⁣ media encouraging people to join the ‍protests.

The ‌PRI maintained ​unbroken⁤ power in Mexico for over 70 years.

Protests were ‌organized in a ⁢hundred cities across the country, and even in cities in the ⁣United States and Spain.

Despite the protests, ⁢the⁣ president remains highly ⁣popular and his ally Sheinbaum seems ⁢poised to easily win the presidency.⁢ She leads ‍the polls by a staggering 64% ‌over her closest competitor,‌ Xóchitl Gálvez, who has polled at ‌31% of the ‌votes.

López Obrador criticized the protests during his Friday morning press briefing,‍ questioning​ the motives of the‍ organizers.

“They are calling the demonstration ⁢to defend corruption, they are looking for the ‍return of the ​corrupt, although they say they care​ about democracy,” he said.

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