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Mexico May Finally Be Turning On Its President AMLO And Here’s Why He Should Be Worried About His Job

Mexico has long battled poverty, corruption, and violence but thanks to the Coronavirus, the situation in the country has gone from bad to worse. Millions of Mexicans are expected to be pushed back into poverty in the coming months as the economic effects of the pandemic continue to be felt – often by those already most vulnerable.

Despite this, AMLO has been moving forward with his cross-country political rallies and is being met by protesters up and down the nation who have had enough government policies that have done little to help them.

Despite the pandemic, Mexico’s President AMLO has resumed his tour across the country – and he’s being met by protesters.

Despite the Coronavirus raging out of control across Mexico, President AMLO has resumed his routine tours across the country. Just this past week, he visited four different states and was greeted by protesters in each one.

Angry and desperate over the disappearance of family members and the lack of action by authorities to find them, demonstrators shouted angrily at the president.

“You care about Chapo’s mom, you asshole, but not us,” yelled one woman, referring to AMLO shaking the hand of the elderly mother of convicted drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán in Sinaloa earlier this year and telling her that he had received her letter.

While AMLO chose to ignore his own government’s social distancing advice by greeting El Chapo’s mother in late March, he said Tuesday that the pandemic prevented him from speaking with the protesters in Veracruz.

From Merida to Baja, Mexicans are flooding to the streets to let AMLO know how they feel about his presidency.

Across Mexico, protesters have taken to the streets to voice their anger against the president. Many have taken part in protests from the socially-distanced confines of their vehicles.

Honking and shouting, demonstrators passed in front of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City National Palace, the Monumento a la Patria in Mérida, and many other major landmarks across the nation. However, the message is the same, people are angry at that they call, “the almost “communist” policies of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Through social networks, critics identified themselves with the label #AMLOVeteYa. Many are demanding more support from the government amid the coronavirus pandemic, including basic food baskets for struggling families.

For his part, AMLO says that the protests are being instigated by opposing politicians.

As he often does, AMLO attempted to shift the blame for protesters’ anger from his policies to support by the opposition. Speaking at a military base, the president said he wasn’t surprised that protests had been organized against him, saying they were to be expected because his government is implementing sweeping changes.

The president’s supporters also claimed that the National Anti-AMLO Front is funded by the people who have done the most damage to Mexico, namely – in their opinion – members of past governments and opposition parties.

López Obrador himself accused the National Action Party (PAN), currently the main opposition force, of being behind the protests he has faced this week.

The situation in Mexico, between those in favor of López Obrador’s policies and those against them, is becoming more pronounced every day.

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As is becoming more common across the world, both sides of the argument are being less tolerant of one another – which is a social time bomb. Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, Mexico is now a country with fewer jobs, more poverty, more violence, more people infected and killed by COVID-19, but above all, a country with a president who has done little to bridge the divide between opposing ideologies.

You have to look no further for the palpable anger then at the protests, as many people engaged in angry, loud arguments with AMLOvers, as passionate supporters of the president are sometimes called, the latter accusing the former of being elitists, conservatives and people who want corruption to go unchecked in Mexico.

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

Just when you thought humanity has failed us, someone steps up and shows the world that the generosity of the human spirit is alive and well. 

Last week, a post on Reddit went viral of a group of volunteer firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico who traveled to the city of Ashland, Oregon to help fight the wildfires that are blazing across the western state.

The fire department is called Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios, the Heroic Volunteer Fire Department, in English.

The two towns have had a “sister city” relationship for over 50 years. Sister-city relationships are meant to “promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development”.

The internet swiftly erupted into comments praising the volunteer firefighters for their bravery and comradery. “Mexico also sent relief during Katrina. Mexico and Canada are our best allies, always there for us regardless of the politics,” one commenter said. Another chimed in: “Welcome to Oregon, amigos. Mantenga una bota en el quemado.”

The troop of men who traveled from Mexico to the United States were identified as Captain Aldo Iván Ruiz, Captain Juan Armando Alvarez Villegas, Sargent Jorge Luis Anguiano Jasso, Sargent Luis Alfonso Campos Martínez and Miguel Ángel Hernández Lara. They were accompanied by the mayor of Guanajuato, Alejandro Navarro.

“We began the relief work,” Navarro wrote on Twitter. “Very moved by the terrible impact of the fire on families and their homes.”

The Oregon wildfires are just one of the many that are blazing down the West Coast of the United States, taking people’s homes, land, and sometimes, their lives. In more than 1 million acres have burned and two dozen fires are still raging.

“Almost every year since becoming governor, I’ve witnessed historic fire seasons,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently said at a press conference. “Yet this is proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”

Experts are hypothesizing that these unprecedented fires are further evidence of the toll man-made climate change is having on the environment. 

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“I can’t think of any time over the last 100 years where we’ve had serial fire outbreaks, four years running,” said fire historian Stephen Pyne to the Washington Post. “That I can find no record of happening before,” he added. “That is the big switch; that is the phase change.”

Regardless of what has caused the fires, the bravery of these firefighters is worth commendable. Their actions are further proof that borders cannot contain the universal values of kindness, altruism, and brotherhood.

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