Mexican students protest against PRI presidential candidate and oligarchic media company (My parents used to fear).
[Entry originally posted on May 23th, 2012 / 22:30 pm] [To read the complete entry, click here!]
I’m son to parents who used to fear. My parents lived under a totalitarian regime, back in a time when Mexico’s ruling party (PRI or Partido Revolucionario Institucional) had no real oposition and no voices against it. In that time, as said by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas-Llosa, Mexico was “the perfect dictatorship” [es].
My father studied at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), the most important public university of Mexico, in 1968, the year the Tlatelolco massacre took place. My father was in the campus of UNAM on October 2nd of that year, the same day government forces shot students and civilian protesters in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, six milles north of UNAM main facilities. Meanwhile, there in the classrooms, students were told soldiers had entered into UNAM.
My parents also feared kidnapers. The same year of 1968, the media told profusely about a little boy that was abducted. Thus, that’s why during our childhood, me and my brothers always felt fear about the man of the sack, a fictional character dedicated to kidnap little kids (parental invention, of course). Yes, my parents had lots of fears. Me and my brothers too.
Today, May 23th, 2012, students from the private Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) invited students from other colleges and people alike to join a protest against PRI presidential candidate and the oligarchic media company Televisa, backing him to become the president of Mexico in the coming general elections, to be held the coming July 1st.
The meeting point was the Estela de la Luz, a monument to commemorate 200 years of Independence, that costed much more than the Olympic tower in London, this late more complex and more useful than the Mexican obelisk. In fact, the Estela became an icon of the corruption of PAN (Partido Action Nacional, ruling since year 2000), in sight of the excessive and unexplainable cost of the monument.