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Community In Michoacan Rallies Around Homeless Man Whose Dog Was Killed By A Hit And Run Driver

The community of Morelia, Mexico is rallying to help a homeless man after a searing image of the man kneeling in the street, mourning his beloved dog, has gone viral. The man, only known as Raul, had used what little money he had to keep his closest friend, named Solovino, happy and healthy. All who have lost a companion animal of their own can feel the grief as they bear witness to the tragic moment Raul is pictured kneeling over Solovino’s body in the middle of the street. A driver hit Solovino on Camelinas de Morelia Avenue, and continued driving, leaving behind a tragedy.

When the residents of Morelia saw the image, they recalled all the times Raul helped them find parking spots, and the countless times the pair were spotting gifting each other good company. Local businesses and residents are now fundraising to comfort Raul during his grieving period, and are trying to get him off the streets.

A few months ago, Solovino got lost, and Raul had peppered the city streets with flyers to help him find his friend.

CREDIT: MARISCOS EL PIRATA – PERIFERICO / FACEBOOK

According to Informando en CsN, Raul had created cards and ‘lost’ posters using whatever he could find lying around. A few weeks ago, the two were happily reunited, until Solovino’s death. Reportedly, Raul initially declined any help from passersby, stricken with grief and wanting to be with Solovino alone. Eventually, he allowed some women to help him find an appropriate place to bury dear Solovino.

One local business used its social media platform to fundraise for Raul.

CREDIT: MARISCOS EL PIRATA – PERIFERICO / FACEBOOK

“We regret the loss of Mr. Raul’s faithful friend,” posted local restaurant Mariscos El Pirata – Periferico on Facebook. “Despite his difficult situation, Raul is a very pleasant and hardworking person, and helps us some days of the week to take care of the cars parked in the surroundings of Mariscos El Pirata.” The restaurant is allowing people to use their facilities as a donation center for any food or clothes people want to bring by for Raul. “This day we will not share advertising of the restaurant, but we will make this post to ask you for your support if anyone wants to help him with food or clothes,  or whatever will return a smile to his face. Our facilities are open from 10 am to 6 pm for anyone who wants to help Don Raul. Help us share.” 

The Facebook post has received 623 shares at the time of this publication.

Neighbors are sharing the spots around town where they typically find Raul.

CREDIT: FERNANDO GARCIA / FACEBOOK

“From what I could investigate, he sleeps outside the Guadalajara pharmacy that is a few blocks from Mariscos,” shared Fernando Garcia. Garcia wasn’t able to find Raul, but left him clothes, a fresh blanket and some water. Unfortunately, the influx of attention on Raul has also come from folks who might not be thinking through their donations. According to locals, several people have offered Raul a puppy. Guita MeEn passed along a message from Raul, commenting on Marisco’s Facebook post to say, “Guys, awhile ago I went to leave some things to Mr. Raul and he commented that someone left him a puppy but he wants to return the puppy. He can’t offer a home to the puppy, so please, no dogs!”

Morelia residents are also furious at the unknown driver that was speeding so fast, they hit a dog. “I’ll never forget the moment I lost my dog that way,” shared Cumulus Claus, “It’s been one of the worst episodes that has touched my life. I remember that, despite everything, I was grateful he died intact :'( I believe that did not happen with [Solovino] and it must feel worse to see his body completely destroyed. I’m very sorry for what happened and I hope the driver has a pinch of consciousness and decrease the speed when driving to have better capacity to respond when a live being crosses his way in the future…”

Others are calling on Marsicos to offer Raul a stable job.

CREDIT: MARISCOS EL PIRATA – PERIFERICO / FACEBOOK

“What a nice gesture,” Monserrat Calderón commented on the restaurant’s willingness to become a donation center for Raul, “but you should help him by giving him the stable work.”

You can mail donations to Mariscos El Pirata at El Mirador del Punhuato, 58249 Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Rest in Peace, sweet Solovino.

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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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