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Thursday, June 21, 2012

How much influence will the Mexican student movement and youth vote have? Former San Diego KPBS reporter outlines issue on NPR

Story also touches issue of vote buying

More on youth movement: UCSD writing professor Cristina Rivera Garza sees it as an awakening from a catatonic state Mexicans had entered as a result of drug-war violence

Carrie Kahn, who long covered the border for KPBS in San Diego, has a report on Thursday on the youth vote in Mexico for National Public Radio. Her story from Mexico City notes that although the #YoSoy132 student movement opposed to Institutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto is having an impact on the July 1 election, the youth vote in Mexico still trends toward the PRI. Her report on NPR.

Her story also showed how campaigns may be attempting to buy votes: a 27-year-old man she interviewed was selling clothing spread out on a tarp promoting Peña Nieto. Alberto Sainos said he was using the tarp not because he is backing the PRI candidate but because he needed a tarp.
On Tuesday, columnist Sergio Sarmiento wrote about vote buying, saying that most of the calls he gets about it on his radio show have to do with the PRI, but that there are complaints about National Action Party and Democratic Revolution Party vote buying as well. Sarmiento's column (PDF). Then again, columnist Leo Zuckermann writes Thursday that presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is attempting to buy votes by making economic promises he cannot possibly keep. Zuckermann's column.

dolersecristina rivera garzaAt the recent Tijuana Book Fair, University of California San Diego writing professor Cristina Rivera Garza saw the student protest movement as an awakening from a paralysis Mexicans had entered because of the violence and horror of the nation's drug war. She saw the violence as stemming from the savage capitalism of globalization that values profits over human life. She attributed many of Mexico's ills to neoliberal economics that began in Mexico in the 1980s, much as López Obrador does. She saw the student movement as a welcome sign that Mexican civil society will be more active following the July 1 elections.

Rivera Garza was at the fair to speak about her book "Dolerse: Textos de Un País Herido," which could be translated as, "In Pain: Writings from a Wounded Country."
Her UCSD website.

Update, June 25: U-T San Diego's Sandra Dibble writes about the youth movement.