Mexican retailer lashes out at losing presidential candidate

The Los Angeles Times, 8/02/2012

One of Mexico’s largest retailers has been unwillingly dragged into the hullabaloo over just how dirty the nation’s recent presidential election was, and now it’s yelling “ya basta!” — enough already — and accusing the runner-up of promoting protests at its stores that have been marked by “aggressiveness and violence.”

The retail giant Soriana, which operates more than 500 grocery stores, quickie marts and Wal-Mart-style megastores, became entangled in the country’s impassioned post-electoral narrative soon after the July 1 vote. At that time reports surfaced that supporters of the victorious Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, were jamming the outlets’ aisles in the hopes of redeeming prepaid Soriana gift cards that the PRI had allegedly given them.

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