Crisis and Resistance in Mexico

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

Since coming to power in 2012, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has become one of the most unpopular presidents in Mexico's history. He has faced protest against the stonewalling coverup of the 43 disappeared student teachers in Ayotzinapa in 2014, and then protests last year of Mexican teachers against his education reforms. Since the start of this year, Mexico has been rocked by protests, marches and blockades in response to a sharp increase in fuel prices brought on by the privatization of the oil industry. A country of deep poverty where more than 50 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, Mexico has been ravaged by the impact of Nafta and the rise of criminal drug gangs closely linked to the state. As protests continue to mount, one of the biggest questions for the left is how to link together the fragments of local organizations and struggles into a movement capable of mounting a credible challenge to politics as usual.

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