Mexican citizens who allegedly received supermarket gift cards from the Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI] in exchange for their vote, are going on a “panic-stricken” shopping spree, La Jornada reports.
According to the Mexican newspaper, some card holders are afraid that credit on their cards might be confiscated by officials investigating allegations of vote-buying. Others fear that the credit on the cards might be cancelled because the PRI politician who distributed them may not end up winning local elections in the municipality of Nezahualcoyotl.
Last week, the leftist PRD party accused the PRI of distributing 1.8 million of these cards in Mexico State. The cards, which can be used at the Soriana supermarket chain, carry the logo of the CTM, a union affiliated with the PRI. Last week a PRD spokesman showed journalists gift cards that the PRI allegedly distributed in exchange for votes. La Jornada reports that at first, the party was offering cards with 100 pesos, ($7) worth of credit, but as election day approached, the amount on cards offered was raised to 300, 500, and even 700 pesos. Rocio Ugalde told La Jornada that even on election day (Sunday), PRI operatives were distributing these cards. She explained how the process worked: you go into the box, vote, take a picture of that ballot that you voted in favor of the PRI candidate, showed the photo to a PRI representative, and you received a gift card. Not all the cards that were handed out had full value; as people lined up to check the balance of their card, many had already been reported out of funds.
As Roberto Lovato stated on his Facebook, “Imagine what the coverage of fraud allegations would be like if global media were talking about Iran, Egypt, Venezuela or some other, less ‘friendly’ country [instead] of Mexico. Imagine…”
I really don’t know what to think of this entire situation. Would it be surprising if the PRI won after the last 6 years Mexico has undergone? Not really, but the PRI is notorious for election fraud and Mexico’s unfinished path towards democratization has yet to cement in a stable electoral system.
It’s a shame this is not being covered more because it’s incredibly important, not only due to our ties with Mexico but the welfare of the Mexican people, who have endured so much, quite a bit of which is directly our fault. Don’t question those elections though.(via mohandasgandhi)
A retired US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel on the #occupy protests: “I think this movement has really threatened a lot of politicians and the financial leaders …”
“I think this movement really has a lot of politicians and money/power people worried - they are really threatened - they realized they have finally awakened a sleeping giant.
I trace it back to a backlash against the 2010 elections and republican overreach - the attempt by Kasich and Scott Walker to strip people of their rights.
Now the veil has been lifted. Now we see that municipal and collegiate police forces have been militarized. They are now willing to casually use excessive force not to uphold the law, not to protect and serve - but to keep the citizens in line.
We must remember that we own the system. It has been taken away from us temporarily by political actors who have lied and deceived us for more than a generation - and sold us out the whole way.
I’m personally amazed at the discipline of the protestors, that no one has used Molotov cocktails on any of these police forces. All it needs is a William Wallace screaming “Freedom” and this thing will kindle right up.
We are about to enter the 2012 election season - the OWS needs to begin presenting political candidates with a concise, precise set of demands - maybe a new deal kind of thing, maybe a 99% deal kind of thing - and say - are you with us or against us? and if they are against the demands of the 99% - they get no votes from the 99% ””
— Unnamed Retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel