Mexico

Massive protest forces end to prosecution of Mexico City’s mayor

By Rafael Azul, 3 May 2005

Mexico’s President Vicente Fox announced last Thursday that the “storm clouds” had cleared in the political crisis that has gripped the country since the government stripped Mexico City’s Mayor Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador of his immunity from prosecution. The government has backed away from the political maneuver, which had seemed almost certain to preclude Lopez Obrador’s candidacy in the 2006 presidential election.

Impeachment of Mexico City mayor sparks political crisis

By Rafael Azul, 18 April 2005

On April 7, the Mexican House of Deputies stripped Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mayor of Mexico City, of his immunity from prosecution in connection with an obscure case involving a contempt of court charge over a land-use dispute. The action sets the stage for Lopez Obrador’s prosecution by the National Attorney General, which would bar him from running in the 2006 presidential election. He currently places first in presidential polls.

Mexico: judge quashes “genocide” indictment of former president Luis Echeverría

By Rafael Azul, 21 August 2004

On July 22, the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Past Social and Political Movements (FEMOSPP), headed by Ignacio Carrillo, ordered the arrest of former Mexican president Luis Echeverría and 11 others, charging them with genocide. Specifically, the indictment accused them of ordering an illegal paramilitary squad to shoot down dozens of students on June 10, 1971, in Mexico City, in what became known as the Corpus Christi Massacre.

Faced with mass opposition to war

Mexico’s President Fox leans toward US on Iraq

By Rafael Azul, 14 March 2003

Mexican President Vicente Fox appears to be leaning toward a “yes” vote on the new US-British resolution giving final United Nations sanction for a war of aggression against Iraq. Despite massive popular opposition in Mexico to a US attack, and contrary to his stated position just weeks ago, Fox has moved from opposing war to a position of official neutrality, while loudly attacking Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for allegedly failing to disarm.

Ex-president stonewalls Mexican massacre probe

By Bill Vann, 13 July 2002

Mexico’s former president Luis Echeverría continued to deny any responsibility for the repression carried out by security forces during the 1960s and 1970s after appearing July 9 for a second time before a prosecutor investigating the bloody events of that period.

Assassination of Mexican human rights activist provokes political crisis

By Peter Daniels, 12 November 2001

The assassination of Mexican human rights attorney Digna Ochoa last month has focused attention on the continuing threats and outright terror facing workers and political dissidents in the country.

Strike by Mexican Volkswagen workers ends

By Gerardo Nebbia, 11 September 2001

The 18-day strike by autoworkers in Mexico that stopped production at the giant Volkswagen-Mexico plant in Puebla state ended September 5 after the union agreed to management’s wage and benefits offer. The 12,400 workers will receive a 10.2 percent increase in wages, 3.5 percent increase in food vouchers and 1 percent more for school supplies for workers’ children.

Mexican VW workers reject settlement, continue strike

By Gerardo Nebbia, 1 September 2001

Mexico’s VW workers overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract settlement and decided to continue their strike for improved wages and working conditions against the German-owned auto giant. Nearly 97 percent of the 11,460 strikers voted against the 10.2 percent wage offer accepted by their union, with only 281 workers approving the deal. Earlier in the week, the union dropped its wage increase demand to 10 percent, down from 19 percent at the beginning of the strike.

Zapatistas' march on Mexico City ends in accommodation with President Fox

By Bill Vann, 11 April 2001

Seven years after launching a brief armed confrontation with the Mexican army that left 200 dead in the southern state of Chiapas, the Zapatista guerrilla movement has taken the well-trodden path of transforming itself into a political instrument of Mexico's ruling establishment.

Ruling party in Mexico suffers another defeat in Chiapas state vote

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2000

The Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI—Institutional Revolution Party) was swept from power August 20 in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, in the first statewide election after the PRI's historic defeat in the July 2 presidential election. Chiapas is one of eight impoverished southern states which have been strongholds of the PRI throughout its 71 years in power nationally, but Pablo Salazar, candidate of an eight-party opposition coalition, easily defeated Sami David of the PRI, 57 percent to 43 percent.

Mexico after the elections

By Gerardo Nebbia and Patrick Martin, 22 July 2000

The July 2 Mexican elections, the first in the country's history to transfer power from one party to another, have been hailed by both the Mexican and US media as a triumph of democracy.

Ruling party defeated in Mexican elections

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2000

The long-ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) suffered a massive defeat in the July 2 national elections in Mexico, losing the presidency for the first time in its history and suffering other losses in elections for Congress, for mayor of Mexico City and for two state governorships.

Presidential election marks turning point for Mexico

By Gerardo Nebbia and Patrick Martin, 1 July 2000

The candidates for president of Mexico suspended campaigning June 29, observing the 72-hour moratorium required under the country's electoral laws. Nearly 70 million are eligible to cast ballots July 2 for president, congressional seats and positions in a dozen state governments, but most attention has been focused on whether the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institutional (Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI) will be defeated for the first time in a presidential campaign.

Political issues unresolved in the wake of the Mexico student strike

By Gerardo Nebbia 20 March 2000

20 March 2000

Five weeks after the Mexican federal police broke up the 10-month-long strike at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) hundreds are still in jail. The UNAM authorities pretend that things are getting back to normal. At the same time, the student General Strike Committee (CGH) continues to agitate in defense of education rights and for the release of the UNAM prisoners.

Police suppress Mexican University strike

By Gerardo Nebbia and Bill Vann, 10 February 2000

Mass arrests and a police-military occupation have brought an end to a 10-month student strike at UNAM, Latin America's largest university, while sparking protests by students in other parts of Mexico City which threaten to spread nationwide.