|English | Español||August 31, 2016 | Issue #67|
After the Mexican Election, Where Does the #YoSoy132 Movement Go?
A Hidden Victory in What the Media Paints as a Defeat
By Isadora Bonilla
Citizens support the march against the fraud of the elections from their balcony. DR 2012 Alejandro Meléndez Ortiz.
This is not about “entertaining” a “working” and “festive” population as Televisa would like us to believe ever since it came out of its cradle of cheap and vulgar spectacle. It is about justifying through its news anchors and soap operas an economic and political system that values exploitation, looting and the implantation of a lifestyle that works perfectly for a small group of business magnates that, year after year, maintains its slaves in misery while it built its successful business to construct a telecracy. But we all already knew that.
The fact of having made visible a problem as serious as that of our country, where the majority is hypnotized by the idiot box, is a huge success. And it is an even greater achievement that the fraudulent elections and absolutely all the small and large events of July 1 have proved the 132 movement to have been right.
We are not merely protesters, nor are we solely against a Peña Nieto presidency (a cause that we view as lost and that we must rise above with inspiration). We are a critical mass that has been able to remove the blindfold from the eyes of many and we are capable of looking our adversary in the eye without being afraid.
The Telecracy is the new main target of the movement. We must be capable of acting in an organized manner and within our real possibilities. Strategy is, remember, acting with a cool mind.
They have the media of manipulation. We have a very big truth and a the creativity that can rise above the post-electoral depression and put new goals forward, always articulately and nonviolently. It doesn’t matter how long it takes; haste is not a good advisor. The PRI has spent years building its network, eyes and resources to be able to win its goal. It will likewise take us years and that’s the only way we will achieve anything. Making better media, better political conscience in society, demanding with teeth and claws a better educational opportunity and a long shopping list of demands.
If we act in a way that burns us out, with daily marches, without planning, for example, we will be giving them the victory of seeing us weakened when a movement principally made of students hits the wall of a monster that has been invisible up to now: the return of classes in the fall.
Peña Nieto stole the presidency, which shows that we were correct when we said he would. In that sense, we have gained respect and credibility, and we continue moving forward.
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism