Mexican Police Clash with Student Protesters, Arrest 200
Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 2, 2012 3:41 AM Last Post By: Anonimo
Apr 29, 2012 8:12 AM
Apr 29, 2012 8:19 AM
1Wow. Do they have any legit issues Anonimo? About transport and admission of the rural kids? We are getting a new Rector here in Zac and I am increasingly aware of how powerful politically the U is. But it would seem like the admission exam is a pretty democratic way of screening in or out. Although certainly the isolated communities don´t have access to as good prepa etc...
Apr 29, 2012 9:45 AM
2Similar goings on in the Canadian city of Montreal, has been ongoing there for weeks over university tuition increases and maybe a general disatisfaction with the provincial government. People are likely staying away because of the likelihood of street closures, business closures, damage to vehicles and the like. In Montreal the rioting is mostly in the evenings. Many arrests there as well. Having this in the fine city of Morelia is equally disconcerting, hope it all ends peacefully, soon.
Apr 29, 2012 10:55 AM
3I have no opinion as to whether their issues are legit or not. However, I don't think that rioting is a good way to achieve positive goals. But, then, this is Mexico.
Apr 29, 2012 3:49 PM
i am headed to pick my wife up at the airport on Wednesday in Morelia. we are planning on staying in the colonial center of town. Where can i keep up with the latest information on what's going on there and if streets are closed, etc? Any advice? If necessary, i guess we'll have to cancel our reservation, not a big deal...
Apr 30, 2012 2:37 AM
5layhammer; if you can read Spanish, you can read Morelia news online at http://www.quadratin.com.mx, http://www.provincia.com.mx, and http://vozdemichoacan.com.mx.
If you can't read Spanish, you could join the Yahoo Group Michoacan_Net, where mostly expat resident opinion on the disturbances (perhaps I carelessly used the word "riot".) is divided.
Edited by: Anonimoto fix a URL
Apr 30, 2012 8:33 AM
Apr 30, 2012 12:50 PM
May 1, 2012 11:59 PM
8Huetepec, you weren't around when LW called himself "Longford" (after being banned under his some previous handles — variations on his real name — for slandering various other posters, and general obnoxiousness). Back then "Longford" posted about the protesters in Oaxaca in a similar vein to what he writes about Morelia... with about the same amount of authority... i.e., none.
While he is knowledgeable in a few very narrow areas (if you want to know the number of meters from the metro station at the airport to the nearest ATM... that kind of thing... he's the go to guy), but his understanding of the political and social culture... the culture in general... is kind of a long-running not-too-funny joke around here.
One can find "published reports" saying any number of things about any number of things. Democracy is messy, to be sure, and I can understand those who just come here expecting a "quiet life" or are just here as tourists doing touristy things might be upset by its manifestations (and +manifestaciónes+). Best they either stay away, or see it as part of their travel experience. If you support a cause, pay too much for a tee-shirt, but otherwise stay out. The opposition always loves to discredit movements by claiming their foreign supported.
Although I don't expect foreigners (especially short-term visitors and temporary residents) to get involved (nor should foreigners become involved under any circumstance anyway), if one is going to speak with any authority on the issues, it takes more than just appealing to "published sources" that support preconceived notions based on nothing, as Longford, aka Lake_Woebegone, has been trying to unsuccessfully sell for years.
May 2, 2012 3:41 AM
9The last news on the original topic, that I read yesterday, was that all but 13 of the 200 detained students have been released. The remaining 13 have been taken to a "rehabilitation center", popularly known as "Mil Cumbres", which name places it in the Morelia area. There they await appearances before a penal judge.
I'll try to get an update now, for those interested.
No hubo exceso de fuerza, opinan periodistas testigos—Quadratin.com.mx
Looks as though the University Employees's Union was out demonstrating yesterday in Morelia Centro. Sigue latente la huelga. —Voz de Michoacán.
Gunpowder and molotov cocktails found in student housing says Secretary of Public Security.
Read —Voz de Michoacán.
Este miércoles consignan o liberan a los estudiantes de la CUL que están detenidos. —Provincia.com.mx
I like to get an idea of what might be happening in Morelia before heading there on our occasional shopping visit. Looks as though we can do this today without much hindrance, if we stay on the periphery and not go into Centro.
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