Friday, June 30, 2006

Mexican politics

Lo and behold, two days before the election the Fox government decides to arrest former thief, murderer and ex-President of Mexico, Luis Echeverría, on charges of killing at least 300 student demonstrators in 1968, right before the Olympic Games were about to take place in Mexico. The man should have been nailed long ago, together with his successor, José López Portillo, who left the Mexican economy in ruins, while enriching himself ostentatiously. It just seems such a transparently calculated move to aid the Foxist candidate, zero to the left Felipe Calderon, to win the race. While the PRI was in power for over 70 years, Mexican presidents and their courtiers were practically immune to prosecution, and they abused their power accordingly. So, it's a good thing, but it is too little, too late, and too transparently motivated. What's worse, it may even backfire. I wonder if Mexicans are not tired by now of being treated like morons by the people who seek to rule them.

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