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April 08, 2005

How About Democracy in Mexico?

So where is the conservative outrage over violations of democracy in Mexico?:

In a vote that casts doubt on the strength of Mexico's fledgling democracy, this city's popular leftist mayor lost a critical battle in Congress on Thursday over a measure that is likely to force him off the ballot in presidential elections next year and could lead to his imprisonment...

Mr. López, 51, called the action against him a farce, staged for political reasons, not legal ones, from the offices of the president. Indeed, cases like the one Mayor Lopez is facing rarely warrant prosecution, let alone imprisonment.

Polls have consistently shown Mr. López as the leading candidate to succeed President Fox.

The mayor said the president's conservative National Action Party and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ran this country for seven consecutive decades, had forged an unlikely alliance to cripple his left-wing movement so that they could stay in power and maintain the status quo.

It's very simple. If Bush and the neoconservatives do not protest this attempt to disenfranchise the left in Mexico, NOTHING they say about "democracy" in the rest of the world should be taken seriously.

Posted by Nathan at April 8, 2005 09:32 AM