On 1 December, Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) arrived at Los Pinos, like his predecessor: challenged for lack of legitimacy as regards electoral results. The acts that were registered during his taking of power resulted in seven hours of rioting, 105 injured (29 of whom required hospitalization), and dozens of arrests. The Legislative Palace in San Lazaro was protected by 5000 police. During the altercations, there were serious injuries, such as that of Juan Francisco Kuy Kendall, 67 years of age, who suffered cranial trauma. The Federal Police reacted to this by denying that it had used rubber-coated bullets, affirming instead that it had only employed tear gas and water to disperse protestors.
According to information from different media, the majority of youth arrested for the arrests on the 1st of December were taken into custody by police dressed in civilian clothes; these were identified by Agency 57 of the Public Ministry as specializing in youth, known as Lightning Bolts (Relámpagos). In accordance with judicial sources, police investigators assigned to this work were instructed to dress in civilian clothes and to make subrosa arrests.
Different civil organizations declared themselves on alert as regards human-rights violations against protestors on 1 December in Mexico City as well as in Guadalajara. They denounced that “Among the gravest cases that we have come to know are those of Francisco Kuykendall, Uriel Sandoval, and Carlos Valdivia, who have been seriously injured. But there are many other cases of grave injuries, arbitrary arrests, and abuses against protestors, especially in Mexico City and Guadalajara. These cases are being processed.”
At the national level, in states such as Chiapas and Oaxaca, different marches and acts were held to reject the president-elect.
Para más información:
Condena de la RvsR a los actos represivos de Enrique Peña Nieto y contra la agresión a Francisco Kuykendall (Enlace Zapatista, 1 de diciembre de 2012)
Policías de un grupo llamado Relámpago detuvieron a menores (La Jornada, 3 de diciembre de 2012)
Pronunciamiento del 1º de diciembre de 2012 (Hablemos Chiapas, 2 de diciembre de 2012)
México no tiene presidente (Hablemos Chiapas, 2 de diciembre de 2012)
#MéxicoNoTienePresidente, repudio a Peña Nieto en México y el mundo (Desinformémonos, 2 de diciembre de 2012)
Teléfonos celulares, la única arma de los detenidos afuera de la Expo (La Jornada de Jalisco, 2 de diciembre de 2012)
Frayba: Organizaciones Civiles nos declaramos en alerta por violaciones a derechos humanos contra manifestantes el 1 de diciembre en Ciudad de México y Guadalajara (Enlace Zapatista, 4 de diciembre de 2012)
CGT denuncia la brutal represión de Peña Nieto en su toma de poder (CGT Chiapas, 4 de diciembre de 2012)
Comunicado de la Cruz Negra Anarquista México ante las declaraciones del GDF (Kaos en la Red, 4 de diciembre de 2012)
National: Week of protests to “dismiss” Felipe Calderón (7 December 2012)