Thousands of Mexican University Students Protest against PRI Party and Media
Mexico City, May 24 (RHC) -- At least 10,000 people, mostly university students, marched in Mexico City against the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that ruled the country from 1929 until 2000, its presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, and the media.
Called to participate through the Internet and social networks, the students, both from private and public universities, marched peacefully through downtown Mexico City chanting slogans like “We have to study if we don’t want to end up like Peña”, “Jump up and down if you’re not a supporter of Peña” and “We want schools, not soap operas,” referring to the PRI presidential hopeful and his wife Angelica Rivera, a popular soap opera actress.
The demonstrators carried hundreds of improvised banners mainly alluding to the media, especially Televisa, the largest television conglomerate in Mexico and Spanish-speaking countries.
The students criticized the Mexican media for releasing biased information to try to persuade voters to support Peña Nieto in the July 1st general elections.
In declarations to AFP, Natalia Ordaz, a student at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), which is one of the colleges attended by young people in the Mexican elite, said: “I have come to express my dissatisfaction with the lack of plurality in the media.”
According to government sources, at least 10,000 people flooded the central Reforma Avenue to march downtown to the nearby Plaza del Angel and then to the headquarters of Televisa.
Similar demonstrations were held in other cities such as Puebla, 133 km southeast of the capital; Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala; and Guanajuato, located 370 km northwest of Mexico City.