Mexico’s protest movement challenges the democratization of the country and its media. The movement accuses the elected winner Enrique Peña Nieto of fraud and vote-buying. The movement was named ” #Yo soy 132 or #I am 132 ” to express support for 131 students of the Ibero-American University
who were vilified for speaking out against the conference held by the new Mexican president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that governed Mexico for 71 years until 2000. Disappointed by the outcome of the Mexican elections the students’ movement ” #Yo soy 132 ” emerged as a conscious act of introducing ethics to Mexican politics. Today, they reclaim public space where it belongs to them and look back at political action from the perspective of life and the affirmation of it. For ” #Yo soy 132 ” the two main objectives of this young movement are: 1.- The rejection of the binomial political-media synthesised in the figure of Mr. Peña Nieto, which is a living symbol of all this entire corrupted system and 2.- The commitment to integrate and include all levels of Mexican society in order to democratise the Mexican media.
Even before the presidential elections on 1st June 2012, thousands of protesters have been marching through the streets of Mexico City to protest against the official result. The movement, which began in May 2012 has been growing steadily into mass demonstrations using social media and other Web site to communicate effectively complaints about corruption and irregularities at the past Mexican polls. Thanks to their on-line efforts, the movement ” #Yo soy 132 ” spreads awareness of these political issues not only throughout the country, but also into other countries and continents. This raises the question “is this the beginning of a Mexican Spring?
Enrique Peña Nieto is due to be sworn in on 1st December 2012.