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Mariachi Bands Are Using The Power Of Their Voices To Protest

If you think mariachi bands are only good for playing at quinceañeras, you have not been paying attention. Mariachi’s are actually the secret voice of the people. Several instances of protest have been performed by mariachi’s recently and they’ve been amazing. Not just because they’re taking a stand, but because they’re dressed all the way up and playing music as a form of protest. It’s a beautiful sight. They’re basically superheroes without capes.


1. This group of mariachi performed their protest at Republican Senator Cory Gardner’s talk at a Chamber of Commerce event in Colorado Springs.

The mariachis played “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” just as Gardner was beginning to speak and answer questions. The band was there representing the group “Americans for Conservation of the Arts” as well as the Latino community at large. A representative of that group had been trying to get a hold of the Senator who has refused to meet with constituents in a public forum according to CNN. They paid the $250 joining fee for the Chamber of Commerce just to interrupt it.


2. This mariachi band performed a remixed rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, outside the US embassy in Mexico City.

A representative of the band told reporters that they performed the song as “a gesture for building bridges” instead of building a wall.

3. There were also protests this week in Los Angeles in Mariachi Plaza against the displacement of the mariachi who live in the area.

The protests were held in Boyle Heights’ Mariachi Plaza, which is 1) not a joke, they actually live nearby and 2) that’s probably the best place in the world for mariachi to protest (okay, maybe that last part was a joke). All jokes aside, though, many people came out recently to protest massive rent hikes. Rent has gone up for some residents of the area by 80%, which is an astronomical amount for the mariachi living in the area with families and lives to sustain from their art.


4. Mariachi music is all about love, but when they need to, they can use that love to fight injustices. Like when they protested at Trump Tower.

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Although they were escorted away by police, these mariachi made a stand and played beautifully all while being pushed out.

5. They’re even protesting internationally, like when these mariachi trolled Trump on a visit to Scotland.

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They’re doing the work of the people!


So next time you hear mariachi, listen up and show some respect.

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Or else.


READ: Valentina Took To The RuPaul Stage Dressed As A Mariachi And It Slayed


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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Over the weekend, thousands of Trump supporters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to gather in what they dubbed the “Million MAGA March”. Protestors cheered as Trump’s motorcade drove by the crowds on his way to his golf course in Virginia.

The “MAGA March” Trump supporters gathered to protest what they believe is a “rigged” election.

They are united under the phrase “Stop the Steal,” which is inspired by the President’s assertations that the election was “stolen” through various nefarious methods. The “methods” Trump has alleged are massive voter fraud (untrue), faulty voting machines (untrue), and shady election workers (untrue).

Unfortunately, due to the sea of misinformation on the internet, these MAGA marchers are convinced that democracy has been thwarted. They don’t believe there is any way that Trump could have lost the election if the election was free and fair. No matter what evidence they are presented with, their world view remains the same: Trump was cheated.

According to reporters on the ground, dozens of members of the Proud Boys group were in attendance–the white nationalist group that Trump gave a shout-out to during the first presidential debate.

Also in attendance were QAnon conspiracy theorists, boogaloo boys, and Confederate sympathizers. And of course, there were just those who were there to support the president without being part of any far-right groups.

After nightfall, smatterings of violence broke out between the marchers and counter-protestors. According to The Washington Post, activists “spewed profanity and shouted threats, threw punches and launched bottles.” At least 20 people were arrested. According to The Post, at least one counter protestor was stabbed.

While the protestors (and Trump himself) boasted to the public that there were hundreds of thousands of attendees, the Washington D.C. park service estimates that less than 12,000 people were present. For comparison, roughly 470,000 people attended the 2017 Washington Women’s March after Trump was elected.

The diminutive size of the so-called “Million MAGA March” got more than a few laughs on the internet.

Once again, Twitter users got a kick out of Trump’s insistence that the crowds he draws are huge–when they’re usually pretty underwhelming.

Jokes abounded about the Trump’s counting skills–which seemed to have been failing him a lot lately.

Is it possible that he got his diploma at one of his defunct for-profit universities? That would explain his struggle identifying simple figures.

But this man made an astute observation about the amount of people there.

No matter how you count it, the numbers add up in the end.

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A Chilean Police Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing a Protestor Off Of a Bridge

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A Chilean Police Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing a Protestor Off Of a Bridge

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Earlier this month, a police officer in Santiago, Chile was captured on video pushing a 16-year-old male demonstrator off of a bridge. The boy fell into the canal below, fracturing his wrist and suffering head trauma. He was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The violent video sparked an additional wave of protests against the Carabineros–Chile’s militarized national police force that the officer was a part of.

Before the video surfaced, witnesses who were protesting voiced their anger at the police officer’s actions and demanded that he be brought to justice. Initially, a spokesperson for the Carabineros, General Enrique Monrás, denied any wrongdoing on the part of the officer, claiming that the boy “lost balance and fell”.

Monrás claimed the police force even had footage that refuted the purported events. But when the footage of the boy being pushed over the bridge went public, there was no question as to what happened.

The footage of the incident went viral in Chile, prompting a surge of demonstrations and protests in Santiago–a city already racked with civil unrest.

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Days later, Chile opened up an investigation against the police officer, saying the officer “gave false information to the Prosecutor’s Office” and had “abandoned the victim” after throwing him off the bridge. The officer’s lawyer says he was following procedure. Nevertheless, by then the damage had been done.

Following the incident, protestors threw red die into the canal, making it look like it was running red with the metaphorical blood of protestors. The protests are part of an ongoing civil unrest that was sparked by economic inequality in Chile as well as President Sebastián Piñera’s failure to address the people’s concerns.

To make matters worse, the Piñera government has responded to the protests with excessive violence.

In the last year, Chile has been making headlines for permanently blinding protestors with rubber bullets. Protestors claim that Caballeros are deliberately shooting people in the eyes, aiming to blind them for life.

This most recent incident has simply served to bolster the protestors’ claims that they are being treated brutally by the Chilean government. “The police are violent. We can’t bear it anymore,” said a protestor named Carmen Soria to Al Jazeera News. “They’ve raped, tortured, run people over, blinded others, and now, they’re throwing people in the Mapocho river. The government doesn’t want us to protest, doesn’t want us to gather together, but they don’t care that we gather in the busses and in subways like sardines to go to work.”

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