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Tuesday August 28, 2012

“Yo Soy 132” Student Movement Plans to Protest Calderon’s Final Policies in Mexico

“Yo Soy 132” Student Movement Plans to Protest Calderon’s Final Policies in Mexico

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Mexico’s “Yo soy 132” student movement plans to stage a march later this week to protest the policies implemented by President Felipe Calderon, who will submit his final state of the nation report to Congress.

The march will end on Saturday in front of Congress, where Yo soy 132 members will read a “counter-report,” the movement said.

Calderon will submit his sixth and final state of the nation report to Congress, which begins its new session on Saturday.

The report, which will be presented to a congressional committee by Government Secretary Alejandro Poire, is expected to tout the Calderon administration’s economic, political and security achievements.

“We will give our point of view with respect to the current administration and will try to dismantle his speech,” Oscar Rodriguez, a member of Yo soy 132’s graduate committee at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told Efe.

“We want to show that the entire speech with respect to the advances under the current administration during this six-year term is just talk,” Rodriguez said.

The student movement also plans to protest the “imposition” of Enrique Peña Nieto, who won the July 1 presidential election, just days before the federal electoral court renders its verdict on the election.

Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won the presidential election with 38.21 percent of the vote, while leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took second place with 31.59 percent, according to the final official results released by the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE.

Lopez Obrador challenged the election results, alleging that the PRI and its allies exceeded campaign spending limits and engaged in vote-buying with funds obtained from illicit sources.

The TEPJF electoral court is expected to issue a ruling in the next few days on the challenge filed by Lopez Obrador’s Progressive Movement coalition, either certifying Peña Nieto the winner or calling for a new vote.

The electoral court is expected to make its ruling by Sept. 6.

The protest movement started on May 11, when Peña Nieto visited the Universidad Iberoamericana and was jeered by students, who accused him of being a candidate “manufactured” by the powerful Televisa network.

Those in Peña Nieto’s inner circle and some media pundits downplayed the incident, accusing the students of being agitators.

The students counterattacked by making a video that was posted on YouTube.

The criticism led to the birth of the “Somos mas de 131” (We Are More Than 131) movement, which took its name from the number of students who appeared in the video and later evolved into the “Yo soy 132” (I Am 132) movement when students from other universities joined the protests.

The movement opposes the return to power of the PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000.