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Protests in Mexico Push Country to Brink of Revolution and Nobody’s Talking About It

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Protests in Mexico Push Country to Brink of Revolution and Nobody’s Talking About It

By Nick Bernabe and cross-posted from TheAntiMedia.org

Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.

The U.S. media has remained mostly mute on the situation in Mexico, even as the unfolding civil unrest has closed the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week. Ongoing “gasolinazo” protests in Mexico over a 20 percent rise is gas prices have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths. Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked. Protests have remained relatively peaceful overall, except for several isolated violent acts, which activists have blamed on government infiltrators.

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US state run media is too busy trying to prop up their failed outgoing messiah and his pathetic legacy to report any actual news.
The conservative tree house and gateway pundit did a story on it last week sometime though.
 

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US state run media is too busy trying to prop up their failed outgoing messiah and his pathetic legacy to report any actual news.
The conservative tree house and gateway pundit did a story on it last week sometime though.

Did you hear that Obama is leaving office with a high 55% approval rating based on a poll. In the same poll Trump is coming in relatively low at 37%, one of the lowest ever. I think those are the same polls that said Clinton would win the election by double digits.
 

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Zed this is not important news we have Russia to worry about they are taking over the world can you not see that!
 

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Yeah, hard to worry about price of gas in Mexico when CNN top story tonight is: "Trump Covert Russian Operative!"



"CNN can now cite classified but unverified reports that Donald Trump was and is, a Russian citizen. Trump was born in Moscow, according to these sources. The old Cheka created the Trump family out of whole cloth and smuggled them to America in 1917 in order to set up the eventual Donald Trump as a Soviet-spy-president. The brilliant, far-sighted Jewish Bolshevik, Lenin, knew the only way to destroy America was by installing a Russian Bolshevik as president who would take orders from Moscow.


"The Russians' goal was to defeat a patriotic and humble candidate, such as the selfless philanthropist Hillary Clinton.


"Trump has denounced these serious charges as we knew any Russian Spy would. Our story stands."




I should copyright my gimmer disclaimer so CNN can use it at the start of each news hour..
 

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Funny!



Yeah, hard to worry about price of gas in Mexico when CNN top story tonight is: "Trump Covert Russian Operative!"



"CNN can now cite classified but unverified reports that Donald Trump was and is, a Russian citizen. Trump was born in Moscow, according to these sources. The old Cheka created the Trump family out of whole cloth and smuggled them to America in 1917 in order to set up the eventual Donald Trump as a Soviet-spy-president. The brilliant, far-sighted Jewish Bolshevik, Lenin, knew the only way to destroy America was by installing a Russian Bolshevik as president who would take orders from Moscow.


"The Russians' goal was to defeat a patriotic and humble candidate, such as the selfless philanthropist Hillary Clinton.


"Trump has denounced these serious charges as we knew any Russian Spy would. Our story stands."


r..
 

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Yeah, hard to worry about price of gas in Mexico when CNN top story tonight is: "Trump Covert Russian Operative!"



"CNN can now cite classified but unverified reports that Donald Trump was and is, a Russian citizen. Trump was born in Moscow, according to these sources. The old Cheka created the Trump family out of whole cloth and smuggled them to America in 1917 in order to set up the eventual Donald Trump as a Soviet-spy-president. The brilliant, far-sighted Jewish Bolshevik, Lenin, knew the only way to destroy America was by installing a Russian Bolshevik as president who would take orders from Moscow.


"The Russians' goal was to defeat a patriotic and humble candidate, such as the selfless philanthropist Hillary Clinton.


"Trump has denounced these serious charges as we knew any Russian Spy would. Our story stands."




I should copyright my gimmer disclaimer so CNN can use it at the start of each news hour..
This made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
 

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"The Russians' goal was to defeat a patriotic and humble candidate, such as the selfless philanthropist Hillary Clinton.
She is such a good person, now get the hell out of here Zed and take your border problem stories with you!
 

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Did you hear that Obama is leaving office with a high 55% approval rating based on a poll. In the same poll Trump is coming in relatively low at 37%, one of the lowest ever. I think those are the same polls that said Clinton would win the election by double digits.
Yep, state run media pollsters are freaking awesome!

 

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We should annex Mexico and be done with it already....
 

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Zed this is not important news we have Russia to worry about they are taking over the world can you not see that!
Right-0 then! So I should trust a narco state with private armies more than the poo-tin?... OK Then! :D

Just imagine how much more sense Washington would make if you stop the Mexican drug supply? and Russia is the enemy? :confused: :shit happens:


Mind you, cyborgs are kind of scary...

 

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President Pena Nieto: “Mexico Will Negotiate”…
Posted on January 11, 2017 by sundance

LOL. Lemme think…. Well, your economy is entirely dependent on the United States; the head of your Central Bank abruptly quits; your currency is in a state of free-fall; massive inflation begins to shake your weak economy, and there are now riots in the streets. Hmm, what to do… what to do?



(Via Reuters) Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday said Mexico will seek to negotiate issues including trade, security and migration with the incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump, but would not pay for a U.S. border wall.

Pena Nieto, speaking to an assembly of foreign diplomats, said he would continue to promote free trade integration in North America. Mexico would invest in a more secure border but not a wall, he added. (more)




….”and he introduced an entire generation of people to this thing called ‘leverage‘”…

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/01/11/president-pena-nieto-mexico-will-negotiate/
 

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The mere threat of a border wall is throwing the Mexican economy into chaos.

Mexico's gun laws are extremely biased against the people, but somehow the revolutionaries are taking on the drug gangs.

Mexico needs a good corruption purge.

Viva la revolucion!
 

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WORLD NEWS | Thu Jan 12, 2017 | 10:13am EST
Fleeing gang warfare, more Central Americans seek refuge in Mexico:


By Anastasia Moloney
TAPACHULA, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Juan walked to school one morning a year ago in El Salvador, two men on a motorbike sped by and fatally shot a boy on the street in front of him.

The shooter took a good look at Juan's face. As a witness to a gang murder, Juan was now in the firing line.

"They said I had to be part of their gang," said Juan, 15, who declined to give his real name for security reasons.



Juan's mother, Teresa, took him out of school and he went into hiding for six months, living with relatives.

But then came the death threats from gang members by phone, and Teresa felt she had no choice but to flee in October.

"We had to leave," Teresa said, sitting on a bench with her sons at the Three Angels shelter for asylum seeking families in the Mexican city of Tapachula near the Guatemalan border.

"We left home as if we were just going for a walk not to raise any suspicion," she said, lamenting the loss of her job at a garment factory and a house she owned.

Entire city neighborhoods in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are controlled by two powerful gangs - Barrio 18 and its rival Mara Salvatrucha.

To maintain control, gang members extort money at gunpoint, rape women and girls, murder, and force children to join their ranks, said the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

Rising gang violence in these three countries has made them among the world's deadliest countries outside a war zone in terms of murder rates, the UNHCR says, and this is driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes every year.

"It's a refugee crisis. The situation in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala is critical," Paola Bolognesi, head of UNHCR's field office in Tapachula, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"People don't have an option but to flee criminal gangs who exert very strong pressure on communities. We are seeing entire families of up to 20 people fleeing to save their lives."



MEXICO FOR SANCTUARY

Mexico was until recently a transit country for Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States in the search of a better life.

But the escalating violence has led to a surge in the number of asylum claims from Central American migrants who are increasingly looking to Mexico for refuge, reaching levels not seen since the region's civil wars ended decades ago.

In the first 9 months of 2016, Mexico received nearly 7,000 asylum requests - more than five times more than in 2013.

"We expect this trend to continue so the number of migrants claiming asylum in Mexico is set to more than double this year compared with 2016," Bolognesi said.

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Other Latin America nations have also felt the impact. In Costa Rica asylum claims have risen 176 percent since 2013.

"I pray they give us asylum. We can't go back to El Salvador," said Teresa, who expects a decision on her asylum claim within three months.

"We can make a life here," said Teresa, who hopes to get a garment factory job in Mexico and send her children to school.

Under international pressure, Mexico is receiving more refugees. Mexico's recognition rate for asylum seekers increased to about 64 percent in 2016, up from around 40 percent in 2013.

But this is still just a fraction of the 400,000 people crossing Mexico's southern border every year with thousands of migrants who could qualify for refugee status slipping through the net.

"Many Central American migrants fleeing gang violence still don't consider themselves refugees and know they have the right to claim asylum," said Bolognesi, adding this lack of awareness was the biggest challenge.



BORDER CRACKDOWN

A border crackdown in 2014 has also meant some migrants who could claim refugee status do not have the opportunity to do so.

Under U.S.-pressure, Mexico has attempted to stem the influx of migrants by beefing up border security through its "Southern Border Plan", which has seen deportations of Central Americans from Mexico soar to nearly 200,000 in 2015 from 107,000 in 2014.

"The Southern Border Plan has meant more Central American migrants have been deported from Mexico, some without a proper analysis of their protection needs," Bolognesi said.

Experts expect this trend to continue under U.S.President-elect Donald Trump who is likely to put more pressure on Mexico to deport more illegal migrants and to accept more asylum seekers to stem the flow to the United States border.

At the Good Shepherd shelter, on the outskirts of Tapachula, about half of 44 migrants there in mid-December were asylum seekers with posters on the wall informing them of their rights.

"For some migrants, it's literally a question of life and death," said Jose Ramon Martinez, who helps run the shelter.

Maria, a migrant from El Salvador at the shelter, hopes she and her children are granted refugee status in Mexico.

Until recently, Maria and her husband owned a thriving food business in El Salvador but one day last year she received a call from a gang member in prison who demanded $50 a day.

"We paid for nearly a year and then we just couldn't pay anymore. The business went bankrupt," said Maria, 36, as she cooked lunch for migrants in the shelter's kitchen.

"The gangs crush you. They don't let you prosper."

The breaking point was when gang members waited on the street for her children, aged 11 and 14, to return from school.

"My children are easy prey for the gangs. If we didn't leave, their future would be with the gangs," said Maria, 36.

A decision on her refugee status is expected within weeks.

"I don't have an American dream. I just want to live in peace. I feel safer here," Maria said.


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-migration-gangs-idUSKBN14W26K?il=0
 

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Though the kidnappings remain officially unsolved, members of the Guerrero Unidos drug cartel have admitted to colluding with local police forces to silence the student activists. Twenty police officers have been arrested in association with the kidnapping. Former Iguala police chief Felipe Flores has been arrested and “accused of offenses including organized crime and kidnapping the students,” the AP reports. The corruption apparently goes all the way to the top, as federal authorities say former Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca personally ordered the kidnappings.

Guerrero has been, for decades, the biggest, most violent drug area in Mexico. If they wanted it cleaned up, it would be cleaned up. Mexico is more corrupt than we are & that's bad !
I grew up going to Mexico, fishing. I watched Mexico's peso escalate from 12.5 to 1 with our dollar to thousands to one. Then it "revalued" years later back to 12.5 to 1, rinse & repeat. Mexico has become tourist hostile in the last 25 years, they don't like us, so we no longer go there.
As for their present situation: “you reap what you sow”.

 

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