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Mexico: Marches Against Political Corruption Met with Violence

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 1, 2012, 1:27 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: yo soy 132, mexico

overhead shot of a large crowd of people
Part of a march in Mexico City

Today across Mexico, protesters (including participants from the #YoSoy132 movement and others) have taken to the streets to march against election fraud and the imposition of Enrique Peña Nieto as President on his inauguration day. Using the slogan "#MéxicoNOTienePresidente" (#MexicoHasNOPresident"), the protesters marched on Congress in Mexico City and were met with large squadrons of riot police, enormous barricades, rubber bullets, tear gas, and gas bombs. Reports claim approximately 30 people have been injured, several critically.

For more information and livestreams from Mexico, see: http://1dmx.wordpress.com/ and http://www.yosoy132media.org/. On Twitter, follow @YoSoy132media, and use hashtags: #1dmx, #MexicoNOTienePresidente, #MexicoHasNOPresident, #YoSoy132, #OcupaSanLázaro.

There have also been solidarity protests in cities across the world outside Mexico, including many planned for tonight in various U.S. cities. Today in NYC, YoSoy132-NY will gather at the Mexican Consulate at 5pm (leer en español). They invite Occupiers to join them.

Demonstration for an authentic democracy

Yosoy132NY summons Mexicans living in New York to participate in a demonstration outside the Mexican Consulate on Saturday, December 1, on the occasion of the inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto as president of our country.

We will march toward genuine democracy for Mexico and against the current Mexican political system, understood as a set of political, economic, and social institutions set up to the benefit of a minority and facilitate the imposition of candidates such as Enrique Peña Nieto.

This system includes but is not limited to:
- The political party system that restricts citizens' access to power and inadequately represents their interests.
- The practices of corruption, impunity, repression, violation of freedom of expression, and patronage committed by the PRI for decades of its hegemonic rule, and adopted by the PAN, the PRD and the rest of the political parties.
- The manipulation of information, especially through the mass media.

Join and participate! You can contribute to change our country! Your voice counts!

See also:
#TodosSomos132: Solidarity With the Mexican Spring
#YoSoy132 Blockades Mexico's Largest Media Company; Support Them At #OccupySaks!

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Pacific NW Cross Border Action: The People’s Round on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 30, 2012, 11:21 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: washington, british columbia, trans pacific partnership

people's round of negotiations

Today marks the 13th anniversary since the 99% shut down the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle. Tomorrow, activists from across North America will come together along the U.S./Canada border in Cascadia for a People's Round of Negotiations in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another "free trade area" that would expand further expand the NAFTA-agenda of the 1%.

via TPP Cross Border Action (Facebook event):

Saturday, December 1 @ 1:00pm
Peace Arch Park (Surrey, BC & Blaine, WA).

Because the 99% can not afford another NAFTA-another bad sequel, help ‘FlushTheTPP’ & Be part of a cross-border movement towards trade justice!

For more information visit:
http://www.tppXborder.org or TPPxBorder on Facebook
Twitter: @TPPxBorder hashtag: #stopTPP

No more corporate trade deals – Flush the TPP
NAFTA-WTO-FTAA-MAI-FIPA-CETA-CEPA-ETC-ETC-ETC-ETC…

Tired of trade deals that serve only multi-national corporations and not people? Tired of deals that perpetuate inequality and a worldwide race to the bottom in salaries and working conditions? Tired of trade agreements that protect billionaires but not labor, Indigenous and human rights, or the environment?

We’re tired too. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We can all imagine international agreements that create, not destroy jobs; that promote the right to organize; that don’t destroy the environment; that don't exploit migrant labour; that don’t infringe on the rights of communities to create rules that protect public health, worker’s rights, Indigenous rights; that strengthen public services instead of encouraging privatization; that support a free and democratic Internet instead of a corporate-controlled one.

We can all imagine trade deals built by and for people, negotiated in public, debated openly, with a real opportunity to say no if the deal’s no good.

It’s possible, but it isn’t going to happen unless we make it happen.

Right now, the newest, biggest, (and potentially baddest) trade agreement yet is being negotiated behind closed doors – the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Canada and Mexico just joined the nine other countries involved, making this the expansion of NAFTA that we have all feared. We have learned that the best way to stop bad trade agreements is to get to them before they are signed. Now is the time to act.

On Saturday, December 1, join unionists, environmentalists, Indigenous peoples, migrant justice activists, trade and Internet freedom activists, students organizers and other allies from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. for cross-border action – The People’s Round of Negotiations – 1:00 PM. For more information and to get on the bus visit www.tppxborder.org & TPPxBorder on Facebook

Past articles:
Occupy TPP: Dallas, TX – May 8-19
July 2-10, San Diego: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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