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While Mexico’s President Partied It Up, Thousands Of People Protested

Mexico’s Independence Day is usually a big party, especially in Mexico City.

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Every year, thousands of people converge on the Zócalo in Mexico City for the country’s fiestas patrias.

Then this guy showed up.

El Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto encabezó el 206 Aniversario del Inicio de la Gesta Independentista, con la tradicional ceremonia de El Grito.

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Corruption, cartel violence, economic troubles and a recent meeting with Donald Trump are just a few reasons why Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval rating is the lowest of any Mexican president on record.

Thanks to Enrique Peña Nieto’s terrible presidency, a lot of Mexicans weren’t in the mood to party.

Thousands of people took to the streets to call for Peña Nieto’s resignation.

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Hashtags #RenunciaYa and #FueraPeñaNieto have been very popular among protestors. 

Más de mil marcharon ayer para pedir la #RenunciaYa de Peña Nieto

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This kid’s not old enough to vote, but he knows what’s up.

#mexicanosalgritodeguerra #fuerapeña #fuerapeñanieto #16deseptiembre #desfile2016 #lavozdelpueblo

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As sad as EPN’s track record is as president, it’s good to see the people of Mexico come together in peaceful protest to show their disgust for their leader.

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EPN is number one in this protestor’s book.

Por @pablo_ci #renunciaya #renunciaepn #fuerapeña #15deseptiembre #cdmx #nadaquecelebrar #mexico

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And here they are again, from a different angle.

¡Viva México combativo! #RenunciaYa Peña Nieto. #FueraPeña

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I can’t wait for this coloring book to come out.

Fiestas patrias #heroes #piñata #daledaledale #renunciaya #sharpie #sketch #independencia #hidalgo #corregidora #allende #morelos

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It’s clear that EPN’s hair gets more respect from protestors.

Calls for EPN’s resignation have given artists and political cartoonists plenty to work with. Apparently, the more the peso’s value drops, the more EPN’s hair rises.

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Piggy with the good hair.

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This political cartoon might not be too far from the truth.

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This picture’s worth a thousand words, none of them in favor of EPN.

¡VIVA MEXICO! No hay mejor manera de celebrar estos dias patrios que implorando a todos que lean noticias, muchas y de diferentes fuentes sobre lo que acontece en nuestro pais, que forjen todos ustedes un criterio para que poco a poco dejen de representarnos politicos que indignan nuestros sentimientos sobre NUESTRA NACIÓN. Espero el proximo año los VIVA MEXICO dejen de ser solo un grito de esperanza, de malestar y orgullo herido y que se grite un VIVA MEXICO de ciudadanos demandantes y exigentes pero sobre todo que el VIVA MEXICO resuene a gloria @Regrann from @erikhayser – Me indigna este México violentado, corrompido y con un presidente que no me representa. @EPN #RenunciaYa – #regrann #vivamexico #igerstj #igersmx #mexican

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Undeterred, President Enrique Peña Nieto celebrated Mexico’s Independence as best he could.

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READ: Mexican President Peña Nieto Accused Of Plagiarizing His Law Thesis

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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Americans Are Flocking To Mexico Amid The Pandemic And Being Terrible Tourists In The Process

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Americans Are Flocking To Mexico Amid The Pandemic And Being Terrible Tourists In The Process

Despite being one of the world’s hardest hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexico never once closed its doors to international tourism. In fact, the country has worked hard to lure travelers from the U.S. as Americans faced increasingly tough restrictions at home. This has had a profound impact on the country’s experience with Covid-19, with so many Mexicans either falling ill themselves or knowing someone who has.

With so many Mexicans having first hand experience with the virus, it makes sense why so many have strong opinions about tourist’s behaviors while visiting the country.

Tourists are still welcomed in Mexico but their bad behavior is not.

Most Mexicans agree with their government’s open borders approach during the pandemic, since the alternative would have meant even worse economic situation for a country already suffering record levels of poverty. But the influx of tourists to the country has brought with it a level of resentment at those who fail to follow local health guidelines while on vacation.

Mexico never closed its airports to tourists and one walk down a block in Mexico City’s popular Condesa or Roma neighborhoods and you’ll spot American tourists within minutes – many failing to wear a mask. The problem is even more severe in popular tourist destinations like Oaxaca.

There, tourists often travel from the bustling city of Oaxaca into remote villages where Indigenous residents have even less access to proper medical care.

Residents fear that tourists feel they are exempt from local Covid-19 guidelines.

Many residents who have had their own personal experience with the coronavirus has made them sensitive to the pandemic situation in their community. As case numbers continued to rise, many noticed more tourists defying widely practiced public-health protocols, like wearing face masks in public.

On Feb. 25, a popular photographer from Oaxaca, Frank Coronado, posted a plea to his 171,000 Instagram followers: “Dear travelers, you are welcome in Oaxaca, but you should ALWAYS wear a mask when you are in public places.”

He wanted to publicly address the issue and encourage visitors to do better — particularly foreigners who travel from Oaxaca City into smaller rural villages, where artisans are even more vulnerable. He told the Washington Post, “I get mad because I already went through [covid-19] and know how bad it feels. I don’t want my people, the people of Oaxaca, to get sick.”

With an economy based on services, many don’t have the freedom to work from home.

Many in Mexico don’t have the luxury of isolating from tourists — such as Aurora Tostado, who owns the downtown coffee shop Marito & Moglie with her husband.

“People in Mexico, we have to get out of our homes to work. It’s not like we can work remotely like most of the people in the U.S.,” Tostado told the Washington Post. Like others in hospitality, Tostado benefits financially from having tourists, and she is happy to welcome them back, she says. She just hopes they will consider the chain reaction of their behavior as they enjoy the culture that makes her city special

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