A group of more than 200 people marched peacefully through the streets of the Mission on Sunday to protest the so-called imposition of Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto.
The Bay Area chapter of YoSoy132, a movement that is being labeled the Mexican Spring, organized the weekend protest and has held a demonstration almost every week to show solidarity with protesters in Mexico. Another is planned for Friday.
The group walked, signs in hand, along Mission Street, turning left onto 16th and left again onto Valencia, then marched up 18th to end at Dolores Park. There, protesters stayed to inform the people who had followed.
This march was described as part of Mexico’s third big march, or “megamarcha,” since the July 2 elections, when hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully. Their numbers didn’t diminish on Sunday, as people gathered in public plazas in dozens of cities throughout Mexico and abroad.
The demonstrations have the objective of informing people about the allegedly illegal funding behind Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign; about the perceived bias of the campaign coverage by Televisa, Mexico’s biggest television network; and about the alleged exchange of prepaid cards in return for votes. Another objective is to promote boycotts against Televisa, TV Azteca and Soriana, the grocery store accused of buying votes.
After the presidential elections, videos showing inconsistencies in the electoral process — such as the alleged buying of more than 5 million votes — started to circulate in social media. Leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is contesting the election results and says that he has started legal proceedings to invalidate the elections and to retrieve videos from social media to use as evidence in the case — a move that is unprecedented in the country’s history.
Below are scenes from the march in the Mission.