Monday, October 30, 2006

Mexico City authorities welcomed APPO with open arms -- oops!

The government of Mexico City (DF) is PRD party affiliated. The DF and, indeed, almost all of the state of Mexico is a PRD stronghold. So, the DF city government has thumbed its nose at President Fox and his PAN party by welcoming and supporting losing presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his disruptive antics in the DF. AMLO's minions have been camping out in the zócalo in downtown Mexico City as well as up and down the length of Paseo Reforma (US Embassy) since he lost the election in early July.

The DF government, under the PRD's Alejandro Encinas, has been quite critical of both the Oaxacan and federal government's handling of the crisis here. (But then, of course, so have I). Encinas was especially critical of Fox's decision yesterday to send in federal forces to retake the city from the APPO and its associated anarchists, communists, urban guerrillas and associated criminal elements. Those chickens have now come home to roost in Mexico City.

Mexico City riot police battled APPO supporters all day, some groups over 2000 strong, in several parts of the city. Tonight, APPO has hijacked 2 DF city trolleys and has them blocking the major intersection of Lázaro Cárdenas and Paseo Reforma. APPO anarchists are threatening to burn the buses if the riot police don't go away.

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Encinas has really blown this one. He approved, encouraged and then helped drag in a Trojan horse. In the past, when he thought about or talked about Oaxaca's exports, I'm sure that he was referring to alabrijes and barro negro, not armed mobs in the streets and burning city buses. But that's what he's got.

Yesterday an APPO mob gathered outside Los Pinos, the presidential palace. They blocked traffic all day but were held in check by federal riot police. Encinas got a good giggle out of that. He sternly reminded President Fox that Mexican's enjoy the right to protest anywhere they want, any time they want and any way they want. Er, so long as it's in Oaxaca or on federal property. When it happens on city property, well, that's an entirely different matter.

APPO held a strategy meeting early today and announced that stronger actions would be taken in the DF, beginning today. Mayor Encinas is about to get the APPO treatment that we have so enjoyed these past 5 months.

Bon apetit!

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