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Recent information about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and about the fraud in recent presidential elections in Mexico. English version of "HoyPG - Contra la Ignorancia: Información"



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Today is Saturday, September 30, 2006

Mexcio is selling their resources

6:30 PM

Mexico Privatizations Cloud Future

Mexico, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) The idea of privatizing the Mexican electric and oil industries may become a sad reality during the administration of President elect Felipe Calderon.

Representatives of those sectors, public officials and members of the Accion Nacional Party (PAN) are virtually dividing up generator plants and refineries while waiting for the moment to realize their plan, which would take place on December 1.

They believe the secretive meeting between Calderon's advisers, representatives of important companies and the US military stratum will bring benefits.

However, such wishes sparked an adverse reaction adding to the feeling of post-electoral dissatisfaction in the Democratic National Convention headed by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Although it is not clear who will be the most benefited, most people are aware that if Mexican Oils (PEMEX) and the Electricity Federal Commission (CFE) are privatized, untold problems will be yet to come.

Experts assure that among the difficulties will not only be the increase of tariffs but also the cancellation of budgets to finance those projects intended to benefit the poorest sectors.

This was posted by : trueeyes

About the dual power and the awakening of democracy in Mexico

6:24 PM

A united front in Mexico?
The Revolutionary Awakening of Mexico is a new Socialist Appeal pamphlet on the mass protests against the fraudulent Mexican election which saw centre-right, Washington-backed Felipe Calderon defeat Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) by a suspiciously razor-thin margin. The margin of victory was 233,831 - the number of votes not counted was over 904,000.

Of course, this is a betrayal of the bourgeois-democratic rights won by Mexican workers in the 1910s revolution. Even though all bourgeois-democratic systems are 'unfair', Marxists are against the abuse of the rights which are nominally democratically held. Alan Woods, criticizing sectarians such as Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos who refused to critically support AMLO in the election, comments;

"unless we are strong enough to take power and replace the rotten and corrupt bourgeois democracy with a superior regime of workers' democracy, we are compelled to defend whatever rights the workers have won, including the right to vote and to fight against the attempts of the Mexican bourgeoisie to deny the people to elect a government of their choice."

Let's assume that Woods' claim that AMLO should have won the election is accurate. But, we must ask ourselves, how can supporting him in the elections be retrospectively rationalized by largely unpredictable subsequent events? Why should Mexican workers, unaware of the future fraud, have gone to the ballot box and voted for AMLO for the sake of "defending democratic rights", in spite of what Woods admits to be a thoroughly bourgeois programme?

In relation to the undemocratic nature of the election, there may appear to be a difference between the two candidates' role - but Woods doesn't explain why independent socialist candidates should not in the first place have stood in the elections against both bourgeois parties. Al Gore was cheated out of an election, but that isn't a call for Marxists to rally round the flag of the Democratic Party [which itself has a largely working-class social base well to the left of its programme].

Woods writes that;

"[failing to back AMLO] is absolutely typical of the formalistic and abstract thinking of sectarians everywhere, their complete inability to think dialectically and put themselves on the standpoint of the masses... it is necessary for the small forces of Marxism to reach the masses wherever they are".

He goes onto an extended reportage on how sincerely, how deeply the Mexican masses want AMLO to win - they say that he is giving the poor a voice.

"The sectarian disapproves of this. He shakes his head and tut-tuts. Of course! The masses ought to support him and not Lopez Obrador! "Ought" is a philosophical category that belongs to Kantian idealism, not dialectical materialism. The latter takes the world as it is, not as it ought to be, analyses its contradictory tendencies and shows how it will develop."

It is Woods' approach which is undialectical. He can only see the static, the workers' consciousness as it is now - the argument of course is not that the workers "ought" vote for someone different, but that Marxists should educate, agitate and, indeed, give them the choice to vote for a working-class alternative!

Of course, even if AMLO's Party of the Democratic Revolution is not a bourgeois workers' party, Marxists should still intervene in the structures which have been built up around the election fraud row. The people's assemblies, the National Democratic Convention, and so on - they should not ignore the anger of the masses at the Calderón coup. But the task of Marxists is to break workers from their bourgeois consciousness, not to sustain the illusion that AMLO is the answer to imperialism, globalization and 'the system'.

Much of what Woods writes about fighting for democratic demands and continually pushing for more and more radical working-class demands is true - but it is not commensurate with his support for AMLO, who represents the main obstacle towards a genuine socialist movement. He and his PRD allies are happy to rest on the mass movement, but they only wish action through the courts, through constitutional means - the formalities of the state bureaucracy must not be challenged "too hard", after all. Although planning to "declare" himself president, he refuses to use violent means to take over state organs and save democracy - so how can the workers progress under his leadership?

The over-riding problem with the Zapatistas' attitude is that to call for abstention is not to progress - elections are an opportunity for propagandizing and agitation, and the real Left missed the chance to pose a positive alternative to the PRD programme. The Zapatistas have a misguided attitude towards the question of state power, and this can be seen in their failure to formulate a strategy for the elections, and their indifference to Calderon's undermining of democratic rights.

Dual power?

Woods claims that there is "dual power" in Mexico, since AMLO claims that he plans to set up a "parallel government". This is a total misunderstanding of the phrase "dual power", which, and I presume Woods is trying to compare Mexico to historical cases of dual power, is a quite advanced revolutionary stage where the working class has seized control of economic, military and bureaucratic apparatus as to make itself into a sizeable alternative power base.

Even if an AMLO presidency represented working-class rule (it really wouldn't), the current situation is not akin to dual power. As Woods admits, AMLO has no power in his hands - the police are largely right-wing, the army, even if soldiers voted 70% for AMLO, is loyal, and state-bureaucratic institutions recognize the Calderón victory. AMLO will not be able to take power by legal means - but he refuses to endorse anything different.

Woods also suggests that the National Democratic Convention, people's assemblies and so on are the "embryonic forms of a new state power". These developments are exciting - the teachers' police force in Oaxaca is one example of people taking power into their own hands. But there is no way in which they can sustain themselves, never mind take state power, unless they break with the PRD - Woods' talk of a people's militia controlled by the people's assemblies is at odds with his refusal to break with AMLO's leadership - if president, AMLO would disable any of the organs of working-class power which could possibly grow in the current situation.

Of course, Woods claims that AMLO is himself being radicalized by this process, much as Rob Sewell claims that there is 'mutually reciprocated' radicalization between Chávez and the Venezuelan masses. He idealizes Obrador's role in his own bourgeois party;

"López Obrador has continued to maintain the struggle. However, he is under immense pressure. Lacking a revolutionary perspective, the petty bourgeois leaders of the PRD will inevitably tend to hesitate, vacillate and compromise with the enemy... A section of the most corrupt leaders will eventually join Calderón. This will provoke a crisis in the PRD. The rank and file will demand the expulsion of bourgeois elements in the leadership."

Ignoring the character of the PRD, including that of AMLO, friend of Mexico's richest businessman Carlos Slim, Woods hopes that the party can be reclaimed, apparently with AMLO still at the head. The rank-and-file of the people's assemblies are not just PRD members though - Woods ignores the spontaneity of the movement, the independent working-class streak which runs through events like the Oaxaca revolt.

Ignoring the need for an independent mass working-class party to stand in the election or to intervene in the people's assemblies movement now, Woods puts off the creation of such a party for a hypothetical future date.

"At a certain point there will be a major clash between the classes in the struggle for power. The best and most advanced activists amongst the workers, the peasants, the indigenous people and the youth, must gather around a genuinely revolutionary tendency which can put forward a programme that can take the movement to its conclusion."

But how can it build enough, be ready to fight, if it's not been agitating and educating the workers before the class conflict breaks out? How and when should it assert its independence, and on what side of the barricades will AMLO be?

Before the election as well as now the party question has been decisive for the Mexican working-class. The current situation is not revolutionary, but certainly has opened up new perspectives, new milieux to intervene in. We are not indifferent to attacks on democracy. But unless Marxists assert the need for a working-class alternative to both bourgeois parties, the movement will go nowhere.

The attitude of Socialist Appeal's allies in Mexico is both to demand socialist economic change, and demand that AMLO, who they idealize, be installed as president. This is not "critical support" - the two agendas are incompatible. Lopez Obrador will deliver them nothing.

This was posted by : trueeyes


6:16 PM

This is AMLO Today, a new project of HoyPG, on which we'll inform about the legitimate president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).

This is the international version of HoyPG.

This was posted by : trueeyes

Today is Friday, September 29, 2006

About the protests against the electoral fraud

12:05 PM

It's not only the leftist but apolitical people who didn't have interest on political parties are joining tho the masive protests in Mexico. They know it didn't mean anything when they went to cast their vote, because the party in power (PAN) and the Federal Institutions commited fraud not against Obrador, but against them, the people who voted.

Mexico's leftists continue protest

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Leftist protesters backing former Mexican presidential candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, clashed with security officers, trying to block the door to president-elect Felipe Calderon's transition headquarters on Thursday.

Elite soldiers of the Presidential Staff and officers from the Federal Preventative Police, who were guarding the headquarters, frustrated the plans of the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) members.

Gerardo Fernandez Norona, a spokesman for Obrador's PRD, and Marti Batres Guadarrama, PRD chief in Mexico City, were trying to hang a sign saying "Illegitimate President and Usurper" on the front of the building.

Obrador and his supporters are waging a campaign, which they describe as "resisting the imposition of a right-wing candidate," alleging that the election that brought Calderon to power was a fraudulent one.

After a scuffle with security officers, some 40 PRD supporters engaged in a shouting match, chanting "Felipe the Usurper" across the barriers, while Calderon supporters shouted back "Felipe won" and "keep dancing for six more years."

Calderon, President Elect and former candidate of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) won the July 2 election with a slim margin of 0.56 percentage point, and will take office on Dec. 1.

Lopez Obrador has refused to concede defeat, alleging massive fraud in the electoral process, and said he will not recognize the incoming administration.

This was posted by : trueeyes

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