National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013)

March 28, 2014

Darío Ramírez (@Desinformémonos)

Darío Ramírez (@Desinformémonos)

On 16 March, the home of the General Director of the Mexico and Central American Office of Article 19 belonging to Darío Ramírez was harassed.  Work documents as well as other valued objects and computers were stolen, according to a denunciation submitted to the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (PGJDF).  The press release distributed by Article 19 after the act stressed that this is “the fifth security incident that personnel from the organization have faced [...] since April 2013.”  Beyond this, the acts took place two days before the organization released its report “Dissent in Silence: Violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013.”  In this sense, the bulletin expressed that “we are concerned that the harassment of the home would be a message of intimidation for those who seek to inhibit our work in favor of freedom of expression.”

On 18 March, however, there was held an event to present the 2013 report as planned, which indicates that each 26.5 hours a journalist is attacked in Mexico.  In 2013, Article 19 documented 330 aggressions against journalists and media institutions (59% more than in 2012), including 59 against women.  These statistics are the highest since 2007, though in 2013 five journalists died, two fewer than in 2012.  More than 60 attacks on journalists took place during protests, in a way that the report indicates as showing the “authorities choosing for the path of repression and direct confrontation.”  In 59.3% of the cases, a public official has been responsible.  Although the problem revolves around states already noted in the country (such as Veracruz, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas), Article 19 notes that the documented attacks allow one to see a “pattern of dissemination toward other states” such as, for example, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Baja California, and Zacatecas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Funcionarios públicos y crimen organizado, principales agresores de periodistas (Analisis Centro Prodh, 19 de marzo de 2014)

2013, el año más violento para la prensa en México: Artículo 19 (Animal político, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Primer año de Peña, el más violento para la prensa desde 2007: Artículo 19(Proceso, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Informe completo 2013 (Artículo 19, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Allanan la casa del Director de Artículo 19; solicita protección (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado de Artículo 19 (Artículo 19, 17 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (23 April 2013)


National: Disappeared journalist Gregorio Jiménez is found dead

February 16, 2014

Foto @ Diario de Cambio

Photo @ Diario Cambio

The Veracruzan journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, who had been kidnapped on 5 February, was found dead on 11 February.  The State Attorney General’s Office of Veracruz confirmed that the body of the reporter, who worked for the Notisur and Liberal del Sur daily newspapers, together with two other corpses in a safehouse in the Las Choapas municipality.

The Veracruzan authorities indicate that four suspects have been arrested, including the presumed intellectual author of the murders, Teresa de Jesús Hernández Cruz.  In this way, it should be recalled that Carmela Hernández, wife to Gregorio Jiménez, detailed that since her very first declaration before the Veracruzan authorities, she had referred to the death-threats made by Teresa de Jesús, owner of the El Mamey bar, which had to do with articles published by her husband in the two newspapers where he worked.  These articles denounced a number of murders that had taken place in said bar.

Following the confirmation of the journalist’s death, Erick Lagos, Secretary of Governance of Veracruz, stressed that the murder of Gregorio Jiménez is related to his own work, and he speculated on the “personal motives” and “vengeance” as the basis for the crime.  For its part, the organization Article 19 criticized the declarations of the Veracruzan Secretary of Governance and said that “it is alarming that, as in similar cases in the same state, the State Attorney General’s Office of Veracruz seeks from the start to play down an investigation that would relate the crime with the journalist’s work, noting that a ‘personal conflict between neighbors’ explains the murder of  Jiménez,” given that, in recent dates, the journalist had been covering crimes committed in the community of Villa Allende, Coatzacoalcos.

Communication organizations, such as Reporters Without Borders, House of the Journalist, and the Network of Journalists Standing Up demanded that the Federal Attorney General’s Office investigate the case, because they have little faith in the authorities of Veracruz, given that one of the suspects arrested for the crime was let go due to lack of evidence.

Following the kidnapping of Jiménez, his colleagues and fellow journalists organized marches to demand that the authorities rescue him.  With his death, the journalist community has been greatly moved.  The headline of Chiapas Paralelo published several articles expressing that “Why does the death of Goyo [Jiménez] hurt us so?  Why do we all feel this pain, or why should we?  We are hurt because we know that the freedom of speech of journalists is linked to the right to know about people.  If we journalists cannot report due to fear for the reprisals we will face, the citizenry also loses, because it will lack the true information to help it make better decisions.”  Furthermore, “your life [that of Jiménez] cost 20,000 pesos in a country where we are all expendable.  The case of Goyo hurts us, as do all cases of unknown Goyos.”

It should be noted that, since the PRI governor’s taking power in 2011 (Javier Duarte), ten journalists have been murdered in the state, with at least three disappeared, and a dozen having to abandon their work due to the violent climate generated by organized crime.  Veracruz is the state where the most crimes against journalists have been reported in recent years.  With 87 journalists killed since 2000, according to the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), Mexico is the most dangerous country of Latin America in which to exercise this profession.

For more information (in Spanish):

Encuentran muerto al periodista veracruzano Gregorio Jimenez (Animal Político, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Pagaron 20 mil pesos por asesinar a ‘Goyo’: Procuraduría de Veracruz(Proceso, 11 de febrero de 2014)

México: encuentran muerto al periodista Gregorio Jiménez (BBC Mundo, 12 de febrero de 2014)

¿Y por qué nos duele tanto el asesinato de Goyo? ¿Por qué nos duele a todos y todas o nos debería de doler? (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de febrero de 2014)

Hallan muerto al periodista mexicano Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz (El Mundo, 12 de febrero de 2014)

Una mujer pagó $20 mil por matar a Gregorio Jiménez: PGJ-Veracruz (La Jornada, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Denunciation of wave of attacks against journalists and activists (21 July 2013)

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders (26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Article 19 condemns attacks on journalists (22 March 2012)


Guerrero: Nomination of new head of Coddehum provokes controversy

January 15, 2014

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Photo @SIPAZ

The nomination made by Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero of Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno as head of the State Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (Coddehum) has generated debate and discussion among representatives of different parties.  The Technical Council, the maximum organ of this institution, had designated Hipólito Lugo Cortés as interim president following the death of Juan Alarcón Hernández.  The governor then removed him and nominated the regional visitor of Acapulco, Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno, to the position.  This action was interpreted by the Technical Council as an interference from the executive branch.  From Ometepec, Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno previously worked as regional coordinator for human rights in Acapulco.

Interviewed on radio, Lugo Cortés noted that the executive has the right to remove and nominate functionaries and employees “only in the executive branch [itself], not in Coddehum, such that there can be no violation or attempted violation of the autonomy and independence of this human-rights defense group.”  Cortés noted that, if the governor were the one to nominate the president of Coddehum, “what faith could a citizen have who has been affected by an act emanating from the government, when this government runs the very office to which he might present a complaint?”  Juan Alarcón Hernández, the first ombudsman of the country, died on the evening of Wednesday 11 December in Chilpancingo, due to stomach cancer.

For more information (in Spanish):

Discrepan diputados por injerencia de Aguirre en la designación de titular de la Coddehum (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Ilegal, el nombramiento de Navarrete: Lugo Cortés (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Designa AAR a Ramón Navarrete como presidente de la Coddehum (Diario de Guerrero, 8 de enero de 2014)

Desconoce Congreso Local a Hipólito Lugo Cortés como encargado de la Coddehum-Gro (El Dictamen Online de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Muere Juan Alarcón, primer ombudsman del país (Milenio, 11 de diciembre de 2013)


National: More confrontations and repression against social movement, 2 October

October 25, 2013

Foto @ Animal Político

Photo @ Animal Político

Once again on 2 October, the social movement marched in the streets of Mexico City to commemorate the massacre of students on 2 October 1968, but on this occasion protestors’ advance on the Zócalo was impeded by a strong police presence, such that the march had to end at the Angel of Independence.

Several non-governmental organizations denounced a disproportionate use of public force.  “We have documented all the violations that were committed, and we hope that there are sanctions against those responsible,” declared Adrián Ramírez, president of the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh).  The confrontations left dozens injured, including 32 police, and more than 100 arrested, according to the Ministry for Public Security in Mexico City, which announced that it had acted “with strict conformity to applicable normativity in the case of the arrest of the multitudes.”  Regardless, activists indicated that on several occasions the riot police launched tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and even rocks against protestors, thus violating protocols governing the use of public force.  “What we saw yesterday was clearly an unprofessional police force” and a “lack of protocols,” added Darío Ramírez, director of Article 19, which documented more than 30 attacks on journalists and photographers.

The Miguel Agustín Pro-Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH) reported that five of its members who had been observing the events were attacked, with two injured.  Furthermore, activists noted the presence of plainclothes officers who carried out arrests and that, moreover, police engaged in “actions of provocation.”

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights denounced that “during the actions of observation in which the solidarity network #BreakTheFear participated, as organized by civil human rights organizations and groups in favor of liberty of expression, there were registered several violations of human rights against those who were protesting.  In particular, we repudiate the acts of violence committed against members of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights A.C., whose labor of observation was inhibited by public security forces of Mexico City.”

At the rally participated leaders of the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) Rubén Núñez (Oaxaca) and Juan José Ortega (Michoacán), who centered their rejection not just on educational reform, but also on the general context of “structural reform,” including for energy and finance.

In the capitals of Chiapas and Oaxaca there were also held massive marches.  Arturo Peimbert, president of Defense for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO), reported that precautionary measures had been distributed for those persons who had been arrested by the state police during confrontations which took place on 2 October in the Oaxacan capital.

For more information (in Spanish):

A 45 años del 2 de octubre, añejas demandas y violencia (La Jornada, 3 de octubre de 2013)

2 de octubre: balas de goma, gases entintados (Contralínea, 4 de octubre de 2013)

Van 102 detenidos por manifestación del 2 de Octubre (Animal Político, 3 de octubre de 2013)

COMUNICADO | OSC condenan agresiones contra defensores de derechos humanos durante la marcha conmemorativa del 68 (CDHMTlachinollan, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Boletín: Represión en México, signo de este gobierno (CDHFBLC, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Una mega marcha por octubre 2, en Tuxtla (Cuarto Poder, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Audio-video:

Video: Violencia en marcha del 2 de octubre debe ser esclarecida (Aristegui Noticias, 3 de octubre de 2013)


National: Activists criticize attempt by Court to limit reach of international treaties

September 16, 2013

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Photo @Carlos Ramos Mamahua

The attempt by some justices of the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) to constrain the place of international human-rights agreements when they contradict the Magna Carta is an regressive attitude that practically could serve to nullify the advances seen in the constitutional reforms of June 2011, social activists have warned.  On 1 September, Edgar Cortez, investigator for the Mexican Institute on Human Rights and Democracy (IMDHD) indicated that if the highest court in the country limits the reach of international treaties, “we will regress to a time before the constitutional reforms on human rights, such that the conventions would be subordinated to the Constitution.”  Raúl Ramírez Baena, director of the Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights in the Northeast, said that “the call to control conventionality obligates all the authorities of the countries, particularly judges, to find the broadest legal protection for human rights, including that for international agreements, but this attempt would effectively cause all to be nullified.  Litigants would be able to refer only to the text of the Constitution.”

In terms of this discussion, persons and human-rights organizations have stressed in an open letter that “the resolution adopted by the Court will directly impact the consolidation of the constitutional reform of 2011, in terms of hte system of protection of basic rights in the country and thus the lives of millions of Mexicans.”  As the letter mentions, “We make an energetic call to the Supreme Court justices to recognize that all persons enjoy the human rights recognized at the national and international levels, and we call on them to take an appropriate position with the object and text of the human-rights reform in mind, thus avoiding a restrictive or regressive interpretation.  From the decision of the SCJN will depend the advance of the effective realization of basic rights in Mexico.”
Similarly, Amnesty International in its web page calls on “the justices to guarantee that their decision accord with the reform of the first article of the Constitution which took place in 2011, thus confirming the place of the principle pro persona, that is to say, the application of the norm which will be most favorable to the protection of the person in case of a conflict between the Constitution and international human-rights treaties.”
For more information (in Spanish):

Critican activistas intento de la Corte de limitar convenios internacionales (La Jornada, 31 de agosto de 2013)

La Suprema Corte debe reafirmar los avances constitucionales en la protección de los derechos humanos (Amnistía Internacional, 2 de septiembre de 2013)

Llaman a la SCJN a confirmar el sentido original de la reforma en DH (Centro ProDH, 2 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Constitutional reform on human rights approved (2 June 2011)


National: A year after the passing of the Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists: “obstacles and failures”

July 19, 2013

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A year after the passing of the Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, more than 80 civil-society organizations have expressed their concern, give that there exist “great obstacles and failures for its adequate and effective functioning.”  In a letter directed to the Secretary of Governance, Miguel Osorio Chong, these organizations identified three major problems which they identified in a diagnostic report that was given to subsecretary Lía Limón, who is in charge of overseeing the Mechanism, detailing the problems which must be resolved so that it operate rightly: the lack of access to resources, the lack of personnel trained so that all areas function adequately, and the lack of political and institutional support for the Mechanism which would require “its adequate implementation at the federal, state, and municipal levels.”

Finally, the organizations supported the petition made by the Consultative Council of the Mechanism so that the Secretary of Governance would meet with civil-society organizations to “find joint solutions for these and other imminent questions having to do with the operations of the Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta pública a Osorio Chong: A un año de la publicación de la Ley para Protección de Personas Defensoras y Periodistas (OSC, 25 de junio de 2013)

Alertan por fallas en Ley para Protección a Periodistas y Activistas (Proceso, 25 de junio de 2013)

Acusa graves fallas el órgano para proteger a activistas: ONG (La Jornada, 26 de junio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders(26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)


Chiapas: Censorship of Heraldo de Chiapas newspapers over criticisms of governor

April 22, 2013

@kiosko.net

On 11 April, the front page of the Heraldo de Chiapas ran the headline “Chiapas, at the edge of collapse because of Manuel Velasco’s lack of experience.”  The article below this headline claims that “Four months have shown that the lack of experience in public administration on the part of governor Manuel Velasco Coello has generated an economic paralysis which keeps the managerial class at the edge of disaster and the countryside unproductive.  Besides, jobs are on the decline, leading to desperation among the people [...].  It should suffice to mention that the General Secretary of Governance and the State Attorney General’s Office which are the two institutions that ought to create governability and certainty within the legal and political transition of the state–yet they remain in the hands of officials installed by Juan Sabines.  This all has resulted in recurrent criticisms, arguing that there is no reason to depend so on the previous administration, or indeed that [Manuel Velasco] is protected the interests of a government that wasted public resources, leaving the state bankrupt.”Once the newspaper and its article began its rounds, it was denounced that in Tuxtla Gutiérrez presumed governmental officials censored a large number of the edition for the merchants of the Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM) and furthermore bought up all the copies that were transferred to the Union of Spokespeople.  The denunciation details that people with short hair (reminiscent of the police) surreptitiously followed the spokespeeople and merchants so as to “buy the newspapers” or snatch them up.  It was also indicated that the vehicles that were carrying the newspapers to municipalities close to the capital were intercepted.  Two merchants affirmed that they were “held up with pistols by presumed police who took charge of decommissioning the newspapers.”For this reasons, the State Council on Human Rights (CEDH) opened an official complaint and issued precautionary measures for the governor, Manuel Velasco Coello. The executive secretary of the CEDH, Diego Cadenas Gordillo, noted that “an official complaint was lodged, toward the end of investigating the events that are detailed in the note referred from the journalist Fermín Rodríguez; in it is described the events that could result in violations to human rights, particularly regarding access to information, freedom of the press, and freedom of impression, as well as of publication.”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Chiapas, al borde del colapso por inexperiencia de Manuel Velasco” (OEM, 11 de abril de 2013)

Decomisa el gobierno la edición de ayer de El Heraldo de Chiapas y Diario del Sur (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 12 de abril de 2013)

Emite CEDH medida precautoria contra Manuel Velasco por decomiso de diarios de OEM en Chiapas (OEM, 13 de abril de 2013)

“Compra masiva” de ejemplares de diarios de Chiapas que critican al gobernador (Proceso, 14 de abril de 2013)


National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders

October 26, 2012

Agnieszka Raczynska @ redtdt.org.mx

On 19 October, the work of the Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders formally began.  This organization will protect these subjects when their lives are at risk due to the work they engage in.  The Council is comprised of people from civil society who specialize in human rights, journalism, and academia.

The Consultative Council will have in its membership Agnieszka Raczynska, the Executive Secretary of the Network All Rights for All; Edgar Cortéz, from the Mexican Institute for Human Rights and Democracy; Michael Chamberlain, director of Initiatives for Identity and Inclusion; and Juan José Perdomo, president of the National Network of Organizations of Older Adults, the Retired, and Pensioners. In the area of freedom of expression and journalists, members will include Rogelio Hernández, director of the House for the Rights of Journalists; Jade Ramírez, recipient of the National King Prize of Spain; Jorge Israel Hernández, collaborator of Masters degrees in journalism from the Center for Investigation and Economic Teaching A.C. (CIDE); and José Buendía, executive director of the Press and Democracy Foundation. As academics, Pablo Romo, members of Services and Assessment for Peace (Serapaz), and Armando Hernández Cruz, doctor of jurisprudence from UNAM will participate.

In a press-release signed by several civil-society organizations, these indicate that “we have reached yet another success so that in Mexico there be an institution that protects rights-defenders and journalists.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa: OSC de DDHH y de Libertad de Expresión en México consiguen avanzar en instalación del 1er mecanismo que protegerá a defensores y periodistas (19/10/2012)

La Jornada: Integran consejo consultivo que protegerá a periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos (20/10/2012)

Página3: Nombran Consejo del Mecanismo de Protección a Personas Defensoras y Periodistas (20/10/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)


Chiapas: protests in several municipalities against the taking of office by new commissioners

October 12, 2012

Motozintla (@chacatorex.com.mx)

On Sunday 30 September, the mayors who were elected on 1 July were to take office, though this transition did not occur without incident in Motozintla, Chicomuselo, Bejucal de Ocampo, Frontera Comalapa, Mazapa de Madero, Villacorzo, Cintalapa, Tila, and Las Rosas.

The situation of violence took place in the Motozintla municipality where sympathizers of the PRD-PT-Citizens Movement coalition set fire to public buildings (including the City Hall and prison), beyond attacking patrols to protest the failure of the Electoral Tribunal of Judicial Power, which ruled in favor of Oscar Galindo (PVEM).  They also released 80 prisoners from the jail, although 40 of these were subsequently recaptured, many of them of their own volition.  The Chiapas state-government detained 31 persons after the disturbances.  Milenio journalists denounced on their part that they were attacked by 10 state police after taking photos of the burning city hall in Motozintla, as of other buildings.

In the nearby municipality of Chicomuselo, where the Trife handed victory to the PVEM candidate when the Institute for Elections and Citizen Participation in Chiapas had already recognized the victory of the PRD candidate, another patrol was set alight.  The mayor was kidnapped by sympathizers of the PRD candidate.  In Frontera Comalapa and Bejucal de Ocampo the mayors were also taken forcibly by left-wing militants.

In San Fernando, PRI militants kidnapped the mayor to protest against the mayor-elect (PVEM), whom they accuse of pertaining to a family that has been in power from one election to the next.  These militants were met with tear gas.

On the Petalcingo highway, a roadblock was maintained, and PRI members set fire to the home of Limberg Gutiérrez, the father of the mayor-elect of Tila, Limberg Gregorio Gutiérrez Gómez (PVEM), who is to take power from his wife, Sandra Luz Cruz Espinosa.

Another series of conflicts and blockaders occurred to protest the exiting administrations.  In Villacorzo, the mayor was taken in a home together with some of her assistants by municipal workers who demand that their wages and benefits be paid.  In Tapachula, the PAN official Karla Selene de la Cruz denounced that she was assaulted by the secretary of city hall, following her demand that her salaries in arrears be paid.  On 28 September, indigenous persons from San Juan Chamula blockaded the highway between San Cristóbal de las Casas and Tuxtla Gutiérrez to demand the payment of debt in their municipality, as well as the ending of different work-projects.  Municipal and transit police as well the Civil Protection force of Teopisca went on strike, blockading the highway between San Cristóbal de las Casas and Comitán for eight hours, to protest their not being paid.

For more information (in Spanish):

Opositores a edil electo de Motozintla provocan incendios y liberan presos (La Jornada, 2 de octubre de 2012)

Presidencia en ruinas (Cuarto Poder, 2 de octubre de 2012)
Chiapas: queman alcaldía y 2 patrullas por conflicto electoral en Motozintla (la Jornada, 1ero de octubre de 2012)

Conflicto poselectoral en Chiapas: toman alcaldías, queman patrullas y liberan a reos (Proceso, 1ero de octubre de 2012)

Recapturan a 40 reos liberados en Motozintla (El Universal, 1ero de octubre de 2012)

Al menos 31 detenidos por disturbios: secretario de Gobierno de Chiapas (Milenio, 1ero de octubre de 2012)

Chiapas: incendian casa del padre de edil electo (La Jornada, 30 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: elections in Chiapas; PRI-Green Alliance wins (10 July 2012)


National: Reactions to the recognition of EPN’s electoral victory

September 18, 2012

Handing over of document confirming the PRI’s victory (http://www.enriquepenanieto.com/)

On 31 August 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto, candidate for the coalition Commitment to Mexico which is comprised of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM), received notice that he was officially accredited president-elect, following the validation by the Judicial Electoral Tribunal of the Federation (TEPJF) of the 1 July election.  He will take office as president on 1 December of this year.  In this way, the TEPFJ unanimously rejected the denunciations brought forward by leftwing parties to invalidate the presidential election.  Surrounding the Tribunal were more than 500 federal police, who protected the center from behind sandbags.

In light of the TEPJF’s decision, the reactions came quickly.  Both the Progressive Movement, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO, candidate for the leftwing parties in the July election), and social movements (#IAm132 in particular) and civil organizations rejected the failure of the magistrates.  Thousands of persons took to the streets of Mexico City to protest and surround the TEPJF center in protest.

AMLO called for a mobilization on 9 September in the Zócalo of the capital so as to discuss steps moving forward.  He declared, “Hopefully it will be understood in this way how they defend the regime of corruption, while we are prepared to abolish this.  We will not sign any cease-fire, nor will be concede anything, even though they continue to attack us, accusing us of being bad losers, messianic madmen, or just hungry for power.”

For his part, President Felipe Calderón congratulated EPN and wished him the best successes as Executive.  PAN members said for their part that they did not support AMLO with his demands, but they will call for transparency in election (in particular, that the IFE resolve the two complaints regarding the Monex case).

Similarly, PRI representatives called for resolutions to be observed.  EPN himself gave a speech in the center of the Electoral Tribunal affirming that legality is fundamental for democratic governance, and that all candidates should have to respect this.

For more information (in Spanish):

“Es tiempo de iniciar una nueva etapa”, dice Enrique Peña Nieto (CNN México, 31 de agosto de 2012)

“No puedo aceptar el fallo del Tribunal Electoral”: López Obrador (CNN México, 31 de agosto de 2012)

Condenan representantes de la izquierda fallo del TEPJF (Proceso, 31 de agosto de 2012)

Panistas piden continuar pesquisas de caso Monex (El Universal, 1 de septiembre de 2012)

Comicios irregulares no pueden ser legítimos, dice #YoSoy132 (La Jornada, 1 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Protests against “imposition,” detention, and torture (25 July 2012)

National: “National Convention against Imposition” in Atenco (25 July 2012)

National: In the presidential elections, a controversial electoral process and results (10 July 2012)


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