Lopez Obrador and the Mexican left: 2006 and 2012
In July, Peña Nieto won the Mexican presidential elections, despite claims of mass fraude and the buying of votes. Though leftwing candidate López Obrador got 31% of the votes, he didn’t make it to president, just like in 2006.
Again, his supporters didn’t believe the elections to be fair. But this time they didn’t occupy the main square Zócalo for several weeks, just like in 2006, when López Obrador lost with an even more slight difference. The Mexican journalist Miguel Ángel Díaz camped along this mass demonstration and documented the movement from inside. He will show his documentary Los Agraviados and analyze its strengths and weaknesses, and also discuss the protests from 2012, with is most known product the student movement Yosoy132. Why didn’t this movement took the Zócalo, just like in 2006? Can left ever win in Mexico, and how? What’s the best strategic for a popular movement, the classic one of taking a square from 2006, or the social media-based Yosoy132, from 2012? Additionally, Díaz will comment how it’s like to be a journalist in Mexico these days, and to work under the repression of the army and drugs cartels.
18:00 Typical food of Mexico
20:00 Documentary: Los Agraviados
21:30 Debate with Miguel Ángel Díaz (direct