“You Cannot Demand Justice with Violence:” Pena Nieto

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Nov. 9, 2014 (ANCHORAGE, ALASKA) Though Milenio we learn that the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, made comments to the press. This was during the first leg of his trip to China and Australia.

During the press conference Pena Nieto said, “It is unacceptable that anybody uses violence to advance their political goals. You cannot demand justice acting with violence.”

This trip furthered angered Mexicans. In this regard, he said “not going to this event would be irresponsible, since what I attend, I do to bring the voice of Mexico and I represent Mexicans to reach agreements and decisions that will allow us to push the development of our economy, to revitalize it and generate more jobs.”

Earlier in the day Aristegui.com reported on the home in Lomas (an upper class neighborhood), valued at $7 million dollars that came through the Higa contractor awarded the contract for the Queretaro-Mexico City bullet Train (with participation of a Chinese company.) This home is under the name of his wife.

The official residence is at Los Pinos, but this is the home for after Pena Nieto leaves the presidency.

According to the reporting of the Aristegui group this was probably done by the architectural firm as a thank you for the contract for the bullet train. Opposing parties raised the issue and that contract has now been cancelled, and will be opened for bidding in 2015.

ANALYSIS

Mexico is at a knives’ edge. Over the last two sexenios, starting with President Vicente Fox, and continuing under Felipe Calderon, the country has seen an increased in violence. While the drug trade, and collusion with local autnorities, is part of the answer. It is not the full answer.

Mexico has seen the increased liberalization of the economy, and the opening to transnational corporations. This has seen the disruption of both traditional economies and the middle class.

Current reforms include the energy reform, of which we have written in the past regarding Sempra, which is a fan. Others include wide spread educational reforms. While from the outside they make sense, rural schools do not have electricity, let alone access to computers.

The murders of the 43 Ayotzinapan Normal students are the catalyst that has finally brought people to the streets, in a demand for real change. There is also a cry for a real respect for human rights, which neither the previous two administrations or this one seem to do more than give lip service. Moreover, some of the scars from the student movement of 1968 seem to be bleeding again, since some of the issues back then, including the disappearance of students, are happening all over again.

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