Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Amlo) this week declared himself “satisfied” with his first 18 months in office.
It cannot be said that sentiment is shared by everyone in the country.
Citizens upset at his leadership – especially during the Covid-19 pandemic – took to their vehicles Saturday, May 30 for a series of coordinated protests in 70 cities across the nation. Guadalajara saw one of the largest protests, with around 1,500 vehicles participating in a two-mile-long “caravan,” according to Civil Protection authorities.
Restricted by social distancing laws from staging “normal” demonstrations, the protesters formed lines of slow-moving cars, blasting their horns and waving placards from their windows demanding Amlo’s destitucion (removal).
Lopez Obrador won the July, 2018, election by a landslide, vowing to put Mexico’s marginalized and working classes first and eradicate four decades of neoliberalism that created a handful of fat cats but left millions of Mexicans still mired in poverty. He labeled his goal the “Fourth Transformation of Mexico,” or 4T – defining the first three transformations as the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821), the Reform War (1858-1861) and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917). 4T’s major aim: to move Mexico forward as a true democracy, free of corruption, privilege and economic power in the hands of an elite class.