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Supporters of AMLO Declare, "No al Pinche Fraude"
On August 19th, 20th and 21st, I walked around various sections of the planton set up throughout Mexico City. Many working class people from all over Mexico have travelled to Mexico City to demand a full recount of the votes cast during the national election which took place on July 6th. Shouts of “voto por voto, casilla por casilla” (vote for vote, ballot box for ballot box) are heard everywhere as these people believe a recount will change the official results of the presidential election.
The occupation of Mexico City's Zocalo and other streets began on the evening of July 30th and as of August 22nd is into the 24th day of resistance against electoral fraud and Felipe Calderon. Ándres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and the demonstrators say they will continue the planton until every single vote and ballot box is re-counted. The powers that be seem to be tolerating most aspects of the demonstration without repression, although there are barricades in place at San Lazaro to keep people off the street where Mexico's senators work.
However, some people think that the police will act soon to clear the demonstrators from the streets and Zocalo. The body responsible for vindicating the election, the Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPFJ), has until the Aug. 31 to declare a definitive winner. On September 1st, Vicente Fox is scheduled to give an "Informe de Gobierno" (like the "State of the Union") at the Zocalo. And on September 15th, Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day), Fox plans to continue the Mexican tradition of ringing the Campana de Dolores (Dolores Bell) and shouting "Viva Mexico."
Time will tell how the Mexico authorities decide to react to the thousands of people struggling for a true democracy in Mexico.
These are 21 of 43 photos from August 19th, 20th and 21st. There will be 22 more photos published on Indybay.org and linked below.
For an analysis of the 2006 Mexican elections, AMLO's reaction and more information about the resistance, please see jen lawhorne's article:
AMLO rejects tribunal decision, resistance to continue
Felipe Asshole (culero)
Barricades from the WTO meeting in Cancun are being used to keep protestors off of certain streets in Mexico City
Compare this photo of Mexico City's main plaza to a photo taken in July 2005:
Policías Auxiliares en Huelga de Hambre en D.F. || Police on Hunger Strike in Mexico City
Boycott corporations that engaged in a "dirty war" against AMLO
We are all workers in this grand fabric that is the world!
Scream-core punks perform at the Cultural Forum in the planton
This fraud was brought to you by...
For this they want to steal the votes.
With a German accent Fox says, "Let's go down the good road"
Felipe Calderon is milking the cow. Bush is taking control of the oil and media and heading the United States. Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) is facilitating.
Music and poetry is common at the planton
Jicaletas are large slices of jicama covered with chili powder
The little ones were enjoying themselves
Thank You Very Much Mexico, During the last four months, I have marched with y'all many times. Your struggle for liberty and human rights against the theifs... Calderon in particular, the PAN and PRI... inspires the whole world! Your struggle is not only for true democracy in Mexico, but in the entire world!
Long live Mexico
Long live the communities
Long live democracy
and thanks for everything.
Gary from England
Delicious fruits and chicharrones for sale
There is nothing more lamentable than a poor person defending the interests of the rich.....
To be young and not revolutionary is a biological contradication
- Salvador Allende
Days of Resistance Against Fascism
September Month on Resistance
Ausust 23rd: National Day Without Television
Mexico does not want to repeat this history... Mexico only wants to live with democracy
For the rest of the photos, please see: