MEXICO CITY –
Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals marched in Mexico’s capital Sunday in a present of help for President Manuel Lopez Obrador, who earlier than assuming the presidency had led a few of the nation’s greatest protests.
The “individuals’s march” marked 4 years in workplace for the leftist chief and was a response to a big opposition march two weeks in the past to protest Lopez Obrador’s proposal to reform the nation’s electoral authority.
The president himself led Sunday’s march via central Mexico City, which was accompanied by mariachi music, singing and a festive environment. Many contributors had been bused in from provinces throughout Mexico in journeys organized by the ruling Morena occasion, unions and social teams.
The opposition insisted that many contributors have been pressured to affix the march, however Lopez Obrador mentioned he had not put “a penny” of the federal finances into the march. Demonstrators questioned mentioned that they had come voluntarily.
But in lots of circumstances the transportation was offered by native governments or politicians who wished to be properly considered contained in the ruling occasion.
Gaby Contreras, a former Morena mayor, introduced a gaggle from Teoloyucan, north of the capital, and was the one certainly one of her group licensed to talk. “We are right here to help the president.”
Pedro Sanchez, a bricklayer who got here together with his spouse from the Tehuantepec isthmus in southern Mexico, mentioned his municipality organized all the pieces. Hundreds of buses that had introduced contributors lined close by streets.
“I come from Sonora by airplane and I paid for my ticket,” mentioned lawyer and Lopez Obrador supporter America Verdugo.
Nelly Munoz, an administrator from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, mentioned “it is known as ‘organization’ and imagine it or not, it is what we have been doing since 2006.”
That date was a reference to the 12 months Lopez Obrador got here inside 0.56% of the vote of successful the presidency and denounced his loss as fraudulent. Many supported him, launching a mass protest motion.
Lopez Obrador was elected to the presidency 12 years later and his Morena occasion gained 4 of six races for governor in final 12 months’s midterm elections, giving the ruling occasion management of twenty-two of Mexico’s 32 states, an vital benefit heading into the 2024 presidential elections.
But the federal government has been criticized for its elevated use of the navy, legal guidelines whose constitutionality has been questioned within the courts, and its help for controversial mega-projects, Some individuals who help the president are actually are his critics.
Clara Jusidman, founding father of INCIDE Social, an NGO specialised in democracy, growth and human rights, mentioned that what’s vital is not the variety of contributors within the march, however “why they participated.”
She mentioned many Mexicans really feel compelled to take part as a result of they obtain cash transfers from the federal government, which is its important approach of supporting these in want. Others wish to be within the good graces of the occasion forward of the 2024 native, state and presidential elections. The main contenders to exchange Lopez Obrador as Morena’s presidential candidate in 2024 appeared within the march.
But there was no scarcity of followers of Mexico’s president, who maintains a excessive approval score.
Alberto Cervantes, who travelled from Los Angeles to affix the march, had the president’s face and “AMLO 4T” tattooed on his arm. AMLO is the favored acronym for Lopez Obrador’s title, and 4T refers back to the “4th Transformation,” which Lopez Obrador says he’s finishing up in Mexico.
Lorena Vaca, who waved a flag of the LGBTQ group, mentioned she got here to ask for extra consideration for ladies and transgender individuals.
“There are issues we do not agree with… however that does not imply we do not help the Fourth Transformation course of,” mentioned Aurora Pedroche, a member of a essential sector inside Morena who questions the occasion’s management however helps the president.
Mexico’s opposition had known as a massive march as a result of they feared Lopez Obrador deliberate to make use of his proposed reforms to compromise the electoral institute’s independence and make it extra beholden to his occasion.
Lopez Obrador repeatedly criticized the march and days later mentioned he would name his personal march.
“You cannot make a change in a single day and Andres Manuel shouldn’t be infallible,” Pedroche mentioned. “But we’ve labored onerous and what we do not need is for this to be reversed.”
AP journalist Mark Stevenson contribution to this report.