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Friday, April 08, 2005

¿Revolución en México?

It's a long time since I've paid any extended visits south of the border: as loyal readers will recall, a long stay in Bolivia in anticipation of a revolution there ended without result as the prospect of ¡Viva Zapata! turned into the reality of Carry On Up the Andes. And the Venezuelan recall effort, I learnt only after the event, was fatally flawed by the fact that none of the opposition leaders was capable of campaigning for dog-catcher, let alone outmanoeuvering Hugo Chávez, the People's Choice [1].

This time, the excitement comes on Uncle Sam's doorstep, with the withdrawal of parliamentary immunity of the Governor of the Distrito Federal (effectively, the Mayor of Mexico City), Andrés Manuel López Obrador, early front-runner in the race for the presidency in 2006.

Al Giordano's piece looks like a useful way into the story (which I've not been following at all). The Hollywood story arc is clear: the forces of reaction have combined to use a technical criminal charge to keep a left-wing, man of the people out of the presidential palace.

According to the Post treatment of the story,
The federal attorney general's office said the mayor "abused his authority" by failing to comply with a judge's order to halt construction of an access road to a hospital.

Not only, mark you, will the mere fact that the charge has been laid prevent López Obrador from running for the presidency; the poor bastard will actually be arrested!

Giordano compares him to Martin Luther King, an apostle of non-violence; not a revolutionary leader, then. What shots in the locker of non-violence does the Mexican left have? Can they manage a general strike, for instance? Shut down the electricity grid, turn off the oil, stop the transport system?

What about subcomandante Marcos and his Zapatistas?

Many appetising questions, no expectations of interesting answers.

Even Marcos managed to clog up Mexico City and make the establishment jump Jim Crow for a while in 2001. When I see López Obrador able to do as much, then I'll start thinking about getting my feet wet in the Rio Grande.

  1. In the groundbreaking BBC radio (then, wireless) comedy Take It From Here (1948-56, from memory), Pa Glum (Jimmy Edwards) was in the pub bemoaning his lack of moolah to the barman. I spent all my money on sick animals, he said. Of course, I didn't know they were sick when I backed them...

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