Friday, April 08, 2005

Our Neighbors to the South 

Courtesy of our distinguished colleague Eli at Left I on the News: The Bush administration's complicity in the failed coup against Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

And, from Al Giordano of NarcoNews (via James Wolcott): The Bush administration's complicity in the upcoming"soft coup" against Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador:
Unable to play and win by the rules of democracy – a word that supposedly means that the people decide their destiny – Fox and the PRI (urged on from Washington from the very day that Condoleeza Rice, in January, took the helm of the State Department) are likely to win a battle today – a vote in Congress – to declare López Obrador guilty until proven innocent and rob from the Mexican people the right to vote for him – he now towers 20 points, at 44-percent in the polls, over his nearest rivals – to be their president next year.

And that – as a 12-percent crash in recent days of the Mexican stock market presages – will set in motion a political war dance with steps already planned by Mexico City’s activist (and strategist) governor. López Obrador is ready to go to jail and lead the fight from there. And much of Mexico is declaring its will to, if need be, join him behind bars by launching what would be the country’s first-ever campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Mexico has never experienced such a phenomenon. All revolts here have historically been at the point of a rifle and a machete sword. But as Mexican journalist Carlos Ramírez – a staunch opponent of López Obrador – reported today, you can see in the words and phrases used in recent days by the Mexico City governor that he has been reading the rev. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Likewise penned in the month of April (of 1963), King’s immortal essay is now the action manual for what will shake the rafters of history if Congress proceeds as expected today in what Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos (the 800-pound guerrilla looming over all these proceedings) has termed “a soft coup d’etat” . . . .

If [Mexico's] Congress proceeds today with an act as barbaric and dictatorial as removing the top presidential candidate from the race because his city government built an access road to a hospital and with the pretext that the eminent domain proceedings on a small piece of land have been disputed, then 86 years of dormant tension from the date of Zapata’s assassination and the corresponding noncompliance with the Mexican revolution of 1910 will come roaring to the surface of the national body politic. Just as civil rights in the United States took a century from the abolition of slavery to come of age, the end of Mexican dictatorship continues to be an equally long struggle. And even his opponents will have to thank López Obrador for leading an uprising under the banner – for the first time in Mexican history – of nonviolence.

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