Thursday, April 28, 2005

Mass Demonstrations Foil Fox in Mexico

This isn't top of the fold headline news in America perhaps because it isn't Lebanon or Ukraine and it certainly isn't what Bush wants as headlines but here it is!

The good people of Mexico are busy forcing el Presidente Fox to retreat from his plan of winning the next election by making it impossible to run against him.

The legal proceedings that threatened to knock Mexico's most popular politician off next year's presidential ballot and to plunge this country into turmoil seemed to come to a sudden end on Wednesday night, when a beleaguered President Vicente Fox announced the resignation of his attorney general and a review of the government's case against the politician.

In a nationally televised address, Mr. Fox said he had accepted the resignation of Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha, who oversaw the prosecution of the politician, Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico City, and thus became one of the most polarizing figures in the government.

Rats. The counterrevolution failed. Fox was supposed to be wildly popular and Mexico renouncing a revolutionary past will support pro-American, pro-Bush right wingedness. Ooops. Better not headline this news! Tuck it away where few will notice it.

According to the BBC: Huge crowds rallied on Sunday in support of the Mexico City mayor.

President Fox said he had acted "to promote national unity" and called for "a calm exchange of ideas".

"The new attorney general will exhaustively review the case against the mayor, while seeking to preserve the greatest political harmony in the country," said President Fox.

Fox wants everyone to "calm down". No need to get riled over a little coup or two! The new attorney general will meet with his buddy, Fox, and plot how to rid themselves of this troublesome mayor without any fingerprints. In the past, this meant assassination.

The election of the mayor of Mexico City, Manuel Lopez, will mean there will be changes to the "free trade" and OIL agreements that America exploits. Venezuela is watching closely. Americans forget that we buy furious amounts of oil from Mexico. Meanwhile, the NYT and WP and everyone prefers to look overseas far away to see popular uprisings. Can't do good to look closely near to home much less here in America itself which is Terra Incognita for much of our press.

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