Former members of Mexico student movement join Televisa talk show

Los Angeles Times, 10/24/2012

They rallied and railed against the dominant media duopoly in Mexico during a crucial election campaign, but now former members of the student movement known as #YoSoy132 are set to appear on a new talk show produced by the Televisa network.

The revelation Wednesday startled observers and sparked outraged and mocking commentary on Twitter in Mexico, where #YoSoy132, or “I Am 132,” was founded in May.

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Mexican students won’t protest if frontrunner wins vote fairly

Reuters, 6/19/2012

A student movement that has helped rally opposition to Mexico’s presidential frontrunner will not stage more mass protests against him if he wins the July 1 election fairly, leaders of the group said.

But Rueda said more protests would follow if there was evidence of fraud. Other members of the group agreed.

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Televisa should apologise to Mexicans for its Peña Nieto election bias

Luis Hernández Navarro, The Guardian, 6/12/2012
The perception of bias has triggered a wave of demonstrations. The first was on the afternoon of 23 May, when almost 20,000 people, most of them university students in Mexico City, staged a march against Televisa, to demand the democratisation of mass media. They carried banners saying “We don’t want a soap-opera democracy” and “Informed students will never be manipulated.”

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Mexican youth protest in streets against corporate media and PRI candidate

The Washington Post, 5/31/2012

Compared with historic, brutal, high-stakes presidential elections here in the past, this has been an important but blah campaign season in Mexico. But recent protests by college students and other young people have added a spark.

At a dozen large rallies over the past two weeks in several major cities, thousands of young people protested what they see as media manipulation and thwarted democracy. One of the signs read: “Peña Nieto — the television is yours, the streets are ours!”

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University students stand up against “the soap opera democracy” [In Spanish]

El País, 5/24/2012

Nobody expected that an actor other than violence or organized crime would come in the way of the PRI electoral campaign. This new actor is a protest movement led by university students. While it emerged from thin air it has now grown exponentially and keeps becoming reinforced by social media. Its strength was demonstrated Wednesday as it brought together thousands of young Mexicans at the center of the Mexican capital (a total of 15,000 students according to the Secretary of Public Security of the Federal District).

It is perhaps too soon to determine whether this protest will change the results of the upcoming election.

The students met at 6 o’clock at the Estela de Luz, a monument that was constructed to commemorate the bicentennial of the Mexican Independence but is now considered an emblem that rather represents ineffectiveness and corruption given the high costs involved in its construction. The group “Yo Soy 132” (in reference to the 131 students who protested against Peña Nieto at the Universidad Iberoamericana) were present. Students from other private universities joined the protest as well.

In theory, this protest was not targeted against anybody as it only wanted to demand “an electoral process that is transparent and clear, a conscious and informed vote and democratization of the media.” In fact, most of the posters in the protest contained messages against Televisa, the television company with the largest audience and who misinterpreted the recent incident at the Universidad Iberoamericana to much discontent of its students. Some students, however, held posters with message that attacked Peña Nieto directly.

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View photo gallery of the protest here.