Enrique Peña Nieto and Da Lula Silva (@Animal Político)
On 19 April, accompanied by the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto visited the community of Navenchauc in the Zinacantán municipality in the Highlands of Chiapas, where he launched actions for the National Crusade against Hunger. In January of this year, the Las Margaritas municipality in Chiapas had been selected for the inauguration site of this campaign.
In his comments, EPN defended the Crusade against Hunger and called on Rosario Robles Berlanga, Secretary for Social Development, to “weather” the criticisms of those who “only concern themselves with elections.” He added that “for us, for this government, we have a clear objective, a task of commitment to Mexicans, which is to put an end to hunger.” It should be recalled that the previous day, Robles Berlanga fired a delegate of this institution in Veracruz, Ranulfo Márquez, so that he could be investigated for the presumed utilization of the resources of the Crusade to the benefit of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the upcoming state elections. On 23 April, he will present testimony before the federal Senate regarding the supposed advances of this program.
At the event was also present Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, former president of Brazil and initiator of the program “Zero Hunger” which allowed 33 million people to leave poverty and another 40 million to ascend to the middle class of Brazil. Lula noted that the “Zero Hunger” program gave rise to many criticisms: “They said that the program had welfare characteristics. They said it was populist, that it thought nothing more than of elections. They said that this program was merely to give handouts to the people, and that people would then become lazy.” He assured on the other hand that “Hunger does not exist because of lack of money, agricultural production, or technology. It exists due to the lack of shame on the part of the authorities in this world [...]. So for this reason, President, the poor do not have reason to have patience, but instead should be present and trust in their government. They have you; do not fail them.”
For more information (in Spanish):
“Hay hambre por falta de vergüenza de gobernantes”: Lula (Proceso, 19 de abril de 2013)
Lula acompañará a Peña en Cruzada contra el Hambre (El Universal, 19 de abril de 2013)
Espaldarazo de Peña a Rosario Robles: hay que aguantar (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)
EPN: nos critican los que sólo piensan en elecciones (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)