From The Post: Obrador Urges Civil Resistance

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on Sunday's rally in Mexico City in support of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The presidential runner-up called for peaceful public pressure to force a vote-by-vote recount of the election. But there are growing fears that protests will become violent.

López Obrador stoked the crowd with allegations of voter fraud, saying Calderón would be an "illegitimate" president. He repeated his contention that the Federal Electoral Institute, an internationally respected independent organization, rigged computers to ensure Calderón's victory. And he made a new claim, saying his supporters should protest because "errors" were committed in 60,000 of the country's 130,000 polling places.

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By washingtonpost.com |  July 17, 2006; 3:15 PM ET  | Category:  From The Post
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While it is not always easy to fool the poor, the uneducated and the peasants. Lopez Obrador has become a master puppeteer for the lower income people in Mexico. This is definitely nothing new, it had been used for decades by a now almost extinct PRI.

It lets us have an insight to what might have been a step back into a past every honest - hard working mexican wants to leave behind and forgive (but not forget).

Let us not be fooled. There are still many things we mexicans have to fix in order to properly enter the 21st century and finally become a developed country.

But this is not the way to go. We most certainly do not want to go back to a PRI styled 'perfect dictatorship'.

Posted by: Mario | July 17, 2006 10:12 PM


While it is not always easy to fool the poor, the uneducated and the peasants. Lopez Obrador has become a master puppeteer for the lower income people in Mexico. This is definitely nothing new, it had been used for decades by a now almost extinct PRI.

It lets us have an insight to what might have been a step back into a past every honest - hard working mexican wants to leave behind and forgive (but not forget).

Let us not be fooled. There are still many things we mexicans have to fix in order to properly enter the 21st century and finally become a developed country.

But this is not the way to go. We most certainly do not want to go back to a PRI styled 'perfect dictatorship'.

Posted by: Mario | July 17, 2006 11:05 PM

Calderon is a bold face lier. He states that the votes have been counted, but no, it hasnt, no recount has occured. Why is he afraid of having a vote by vote recount? They hide the truth, that AMLO won. The Mexican media, canceled its exit polls because they said it was to close to call. But A.P. did a indepent exit poll that showed that AMLO won by a good margin. But nope, FECAL is declared the winner by the smallest percentage point, yet the only exit poll that did come out, gave AMLO the presidency. No sense. Exit polls dont lie. So whats the truth. PAN, FECAl and Fox lie. Fox lies when he states that he never interfeared in the election, which is a bold face lie. Mexican law was broken, yet he lies when he says he obeyed. FECAL is more of the same. Think Mexican wont keep going over the border to the north? What chance does a country have, with a lier as a president? AMLO is the legitimate president of Mexico. Thats the truth. And the truth will set Mexico free. Open the ballot boxes. Please take the time to pressure your leaders in washington to support a recount of the Mexican elections, in order to statisfy a public demand for the truth. And isnt that what democracy is all about?

Posted by: maya0 | July 18, 2006 12:38 AM

The rule of electoral law in Mexico states that: (1) the current president shall not use the presidential podium to make statements in favour of any candidate running for the next presidential term and (2) that the winner of the election shall be declared only by the federal electoral tribunal.

Both AMLO and Felipe Calderon declared themselves winners of the election on election night, thereby violating the rule of law. Vicente Fox openly and repeatedly used the presidential podium in support of Calderon during the presidential campaign, to the extent that even the IFE had to warn him against making further statements. Therefore, Fox also violated the rule of law. To make things worse, the IFE insinuated that the winner of the election was Calderon, without first waiting for the federal tribunal to make this declaration.

When the rule of electoral law is broken by the current president, then by the IFE and sadly by two of the highest-ranking candidates, fears of electoral fraud --whether founded or unfounded-- surface only naturally. I believe that we Mexicans must first come to terms with the fact that the rule of electoral law has not only been broken by both of the leading presidential candidates, but also by our current president. Any purist statments placing blame for this conflict on either the leftist or the right-wing candidate are simply the result of passionate politics and not objective self-criticism. We Mexicans saw this coming a mile away before the election and we let it happen by not telling our president to stay out of our polls.

Posted by: Raul | July 18, 2006 02:55 AM

Are there links to the exit polls so often cited in articles and discussion forums? Not references, but the actual data? I have been looking, but not finding. I would like very much to know what is behind statements such as "exit polls don't lie" but without a link to the data, it is difficult.

Posted by: zac | July 18, 2006 08:49 AM

So, the spots were right. AMLO is a danger to Mexico. I would like to reply to Maya0 on her post from yesterday. First. She says that an independent exit poll gave AMLO the triumph. THAT'S A LIE. Tha exit poll was the Covarrubias poll, which was hired by the PRD. So, its not an independent exit poll. AMLO said that he won over Calderón for 10 million votes. TOTALLY FALSE. Now, the famous request of "vote to vote", the re-count of votes. The votes were already counted. THE CITIZENS DID IT. AND THEY DID IT IN FRONT OF THE PARTIES REPRESENTATES. What AMLO his suggesting is that the whole country tricked him. WHAT A PARANOID AND PATHETIC LOOSER IS HE. He knew that he was loosing that night, on July 2nd. He KNOWS HE LOST. First he says it was an electronic fraud. Now he says it was an "old school fraud". HE WANTS TO THROW THE ELECTION TO THE GARBAGE, AND SET THE COUNTRY ON FIRE. And I'm so sad that he's playing with mexicans hope. He is calling for violence. Yesterday Calderón was attack in his car. And AMLO said it was ok, because people is furious. WHAT?? SO ITS OK TO ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL WHEN YOU ARE "IN RAGE"??. There's people who certanly believes in AMLO's word. They have become blind with his lies. And we all mexicans shouldn't allowed him to keep him lying to all of us and calling for violence.

Posted by: Miguel Alvarado | July 19, 2006 02:49 PM

I'm sorry, what the hell does this sentence mean? My god.
A partial recount of the presidential ballots begins Wednesday with the two rivals as entrenched as ever in their positions, thought the announcement Friday by Mexico's election tribunal that a little less than 10 percent of the ballots will be reexamined appears to be an encouraging development for Calderón.

Posted by: Michael | August 8, 2006 05:02 PM

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