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For those who thought that the #YoSoy132 movement had lost momentum in protesting the Mexican presidential election results had waned, this weekend in Xalapa, Veracruz, protesters peacefully occupied the capital city’s municipal palace.
The following videos (both in Spanish) provide additional details about the occupation, seen as a symbolic victory for the student-initiated movement, which has continued to raise allegations of a fraudulent and bought election that led to the victory of Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexico’s PRI party.
Here is what Excelsior reported: The outlet did confirm that the #YoSoy132 did occupy Veracruz’s municipal palace on Saturday, September 1. Protesters were able to hang banners on the building and there are reports that the Naval Police (Policía Naval) had been called in but, there have been no reports of any altercations or arrests. Excelsior also reported other confrontations between police and protesters this weekend, although it also confirmed that no one was hurt or arrested.
Just two weeks after releasing a One Direction political parody song (over 2 million YouTube views), Full Frontal Freedom—a coalition of independent artists and media folks using their creativity to promote civic engagement and discussion of current issues—is at it again. This time they changed gears with “Vagina, Interrupted” and tackled the issue of “legitimate rape.”
Here it is. The video was released on August 27. It has already gotten close to 20,000 views.
Who would have thought that a little WordPress blog post from Rockstar GOP would lead to coverage by both Think Progress and NBC? But it happened. The reason? It had a little bit of everything: a delegate to the Republican National Convention, a pre-convention trip to Epcot, and a little bit of straight-out stone-cold anti-Mexican racism.
Here is the scoop.
On August 29 RNC delegate Mark Harris and his wife posted the following to its WordPress blog:
That led to Think Progress picking up the blog and then NBC Latino reporting the story as well. Here is what NBC had to say about it:
The comments were swiftly and categorically condemned by members of the Republican party in Pennsylvania. Snyder County Republican leaders blasting the former GOP committee members.
“The statements made by Mark and Irene Harris are uninformed and highly offensive,” said country commissioner Malcolm Derk. “The Harrises’ comments show their ignorance as they cast judgment on someone they do not know. They do not speak for our county or party.”
Harris contacted a local newspaper after hearing officials and residents were offended by the statements. “This is getting taken out of context,” he said. “What we said is that in Epcot we saw a man that had a name tag that said ’Eddie, from Mexico,’ and we felt that in the America section of the park, there should have been Americans.”
Right now the Harrises’ blog post is still up but the comments have been turned off, and we have emailed them for additional follow-up question as to why their blog post was “taken out of context.” So far, we have yet to receive a response, but if we do, we will share.
This morning in Lakeland, at the official sendoff rally for Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney, reporters from people at the scene confirmed that a group of undocumented DREAMers protested Romney and were greeted with chants of “USA! USA!” as they were escorted away.
The first news was reported on Twitter by @ZekeJMiller of Buzzfeed, who was live-tweeting from the rally.
Miller proceeded to tweet the following from the rally, including a nod what would think is his report for Buzzfeed “Undocumented and LGBT Americans Interrupt Romney/Ryan’s Farewell Rally:”
At one point during the rally a group of protesters interrupted Romney. Supporters began chanting “USA!” to drown them out as police removed them.
Last night @MexicanMitt, Twitter’s #1 political parody account (according to Politico) was suspended by Twitter a few hours before the real Mitt Romney was to give his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. After confirming the news with our friends at Pocho.com, we shared the news, and it also made NBC Latino. The hashtag #FreeMexicanMitt went into action last night around 10pm EST. Our favorite one came from nationally syndicated columnist Esther J. Cepeda, whose tweet accurately reflected what many were feeling about Twitter’s ban (on the same night Romney-Ryan 2012 paid $120,000 to promote its own trending topic):
Even after the profile was back up, Mexican Mitt had to start all over again, change his profile name to “Mexican Mitt Parody,” and have people refollow the account of “The Most Mexican Man in the World.” As of this morning, all is back to normal and the parody account is back up to over 7,400 followers:
We are glad it is. Mexican Mitt, who parodies the real Romney’s father birth in Mexico, is what makes Twitter a daily roller-coaster adventure. Come on, how can Twitter think of banning brilliance like this?