candidate.So, when that visit to Iberoamericana was televised on the news, they completely edited out all of thedemonstrations. It was just incredible. If you compare what happened with what was presented on TV, it’s justtwo different worlds. And then the various media spokespersons—the president of the PRI, the intellectualsclose to the PRI and Televisa—they all attacked the students, saying that they were just members of the PRD,the opposing party of the PRI, the party of the center left, very moderate (López Obredor , who might win theelections). They were saying, ‘these weren’t really students. These were people belonging to the PRD who weresent to the Iberoamericana that day. They’re thugs’—the most ridiculous accusations. If these intellectuals, thespokespersons of the PRI, hadn’t made these really crass accusations, the thing would have died there. But,fortunately, the students had the bullocks to respond. And about 131 of them went online, on YouTube, withtheir student cards, and said, ‘I am a student of this university, this is my student credential, and how dare thePRI accuse us of not being students.’Our demonstration was completely genuine. That’s what’s called the‘Somos Mas de 131′ movement that came out of Iberamericana, on Monday the 14th of May, after thisdemonstration on the 11th of May. And then, it’s just grown from there.Of course Televisa was saying it wasn’t an ‘authentic demonstration.’ So, they had a human chain from their university to the head office of Televisa in that part of Mexico City. Just a few hundred turned up from variousprivate universities. The next step was to connect with the public universities. The first really big event was onWednesday, 23rd May: there was a big demonstration in the center of Mexico City, under this monument thatwas supposed to be opened in 2010, on the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. But because of corruption and various delays it didn’t actually open until earlier this year. It’s called the Estela de Luz (ThePillar of Light). It’s a big tower that is completely ugly and useless and cost far too much. So, they chose thismonument as a meeting place, as an example of the kind of corruption, impunity and ineptitude that they areopposing. They called a general meeting of students from private and public universities to go to that place.Far more people went than they expected—I think about 20,000 students, young people, and ordinary citizensturned up. And that’s really how theYo Soy 132movement took off.Since then, just about every day there’s been some kind of public meeting somewhere. All the meetings arecompletely open to anybody to attend, and in open places outside. Since Wednesday, the 20th of May, justabout every single university in the country, certainly all in Mexico City, has set up its own branch of thismovement. It’s all being coordinated on the website of #yosoy132. It’s a kind of social network. In myuniversity, the UAM Xochimilco (the Metropolitan Autonomous University), which is historically a left-wing publicuniversity (Subcomandante Marcos was an Arts & Design Lecturer there until he went underground in 1983),last Friday, May 25th, about 100 students turned up—about half student activists and half students who wereust curious. Most of my students in the University come from working class, lower-middle class backgrounds—very different from Iberoamericana, which is upper class. It’s amazing that this thing started there; even upper class kids are pissed off at the situation in Mexico, even though the economy is run entirely for their benefit.Still, they’re sick of the corruption and media manipulation. So, this is what kick-started it all off. The studentsthere thought, ‘this movement has to become much bigger than us, much bigger than the private universities.’The majority of students are in public universities, and of course the social composition of the public universitiesis completely different.
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