Jul 26, 2012

Youth agree on a peaceful demonstration at Televisa

- In the event of any provocation, protestors will sit on the floor.
El Universal: Americas Program Original Translation  (See Spanish Original)
The People’s Front in Defense of the Land (FPDT), the Mexican Electrician’s Union (SME), and the National Committee of Education Workers (CNTE), support the civil and peaceful demonstration that includes the “symbolic take” of Televisa by the #Iam132 movement, as part of their actions against what they call the "imposition" of Enrique Pena Nieto as president of Mexico.

This coming Friday, universities and organizations will set up a “human circle” around the Chapultepec Televisa that will last for 24 hours, in which they will prevent access to the company’s facilities, but will not obstruct the way out for staff.

In a press conference, the participants said that in the event of any provocation they will not respond with violence, instead, will only sit on the floor.

“No one will march with a hood or with their face concealed, nor will anyone carry objects or weapons…no one will be allowed to participate under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” they said.

With respect to the demonstrations planned for the Televisa facilities in the other Mexican states, the local assemblies called for avoiding any provocation.

The “human circle” will be formed from Thursday, the 26th, at 8:00 pm, congregating in the Revolution Monument, and from this point march toward the Televisa at Chapultepec.

Misael Rojas, student of the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), expressed that in this action they renew the peaceful and creative characteristics of the movement, because in addition to this “human fence” they will carry out cultural activities in rejection of the television monopoly.

Trinidad Ramirez, from the People’s Front in Defense of the Land (FPDT), assured that San Salvador Atenco will participate together with the youth in a peaceful but “energetic” manner and that those from Atenco will carry their machetes, “not as a symbol of violence, but on behalf of the fight of our grandparents.”

Humberto Montes de Oca, the foreign secretary of the Mexican Electrician Union (SME), affirmed that together with the universities they will form a security committee to prevent any incident of violence, but expressed that if there is a provocation, it will be from the federal government or the television executives.

Juan Melchor, from Section 18 of the National Committee of Education Workers, expressed that they will protest according to the law so they define in advance the boundaries of behavior that are not defined in demonstration regulations.

This agreement was reached by consensus, after a meeting of members from social organizations and unions.

Translated by Bonnie Ho

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