>A US intelligence report reveals that Red Venezuela is channelling funds to El Salvador’s powerful communist opposition, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). The report is none other the Annual Threat Assessment delivered by US National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell, who has also identified Russia, China, and OPEC as real geopolitical threats by way of their leverage through multinational corporations and financial markets.
The alleged link between Chavez and the FMLN is not a surprising development. “We have opened an investigation into the reasons behind the remarks made in a US intelligence report,” Salvadoran Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduardo Cálix informed AFP this past Tuesday. According to the document, published this past Wednesday by Salvadoran newspaper Prensa Gráfica, “Chávez is to provide generous campaign funding to the (leftwing] Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador in its bid to secure the presidency in the 2009 election.” Needless to say, FMLN’s spokesentities, quoted below, have denounced the accusations as “irresponsible, groundless, and lacking truthfulness.” Pictured above: Schafik Handal, deceased leader of the FMLN, consorts with fellow communists Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Evo Morales.
El Salvador to investigate alleged Venezuelan funding of dissenters
February 7, 2008
El Salvador’s government is launching a thorough investigation to determine whether Venezuela is actually funding the Salvadorian opposition, as the US intelligence services claimed in a report last Tuesday.
“We have opened an investigation into the reasons behind the remarks made in a US intelligence report,” Salvadorian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduardo Cálix told AFP.
Last Wednesday, El Salvador’s President Antonio Saca, who is paying a visit to the United States, was delivered a copy of the annual report of the US National Security Director J. Michael McConnell, which suggested that the Venezuelan government is supposedly funding leftwing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN).
Based on the report, the Venezuelan government is allegedly providing funds to the FMLN to secure a victory in the 2009 presidential election. The largest Salvadorian opposition organization has bluntly rejected such claims.
FMLN’s spokespersons have branded the accusations as “irresponsible, groundless, and lacking truthfulness.”
Saca’s government, “concerned about such accusations, has recalled its diplomatic envoy to Venezuela, Chargé d’Affairs Rafael Hernández Gutiérrez to provide information on this issue,” said Cálix.
“Should it (an intervention by Venezuela in El Salvador’s domestic affairs) be confirmed, we would have the right to file a formal protest with the Venezuelan government for this interference in the Salvadorian electoral process.”
Source: El Universal
In support of the official investigation into the claims of the US intelligence report, Salvadorean President Tony Saca has recalled his country’s ambassador to Venezuela for a briefing. “Any interference of a government such as Venezuela’s in El Salvador’s domestic affairs is unacceptable,” warned Saca.
Saca recalls diplomat to Venezuela for consultations
February 7, 2008
Salvadorian President Antonio Saca Thursday instructed a Salvadorian diplomatic envoy to Caracas to return to El Salvador for consultations “on the reported Venezuelan financing to the (leftwing) Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) for the 2009 election.”
Last Tuesday, Washington published a report on the threats against the US national security, and suggested that President Hugo Chávez was expected to provide “generous” funds to the FMLN to secure a victory in the 2009 presidential vote.
Saca told reporters accompanying him in his visit to the United States that he had recalled the diplomat envoy to Venezuela, but he would not disclose the official’s name or position, DPA reported.
“We are instructing the diplomat to return to El Salvador to provide first hand information on this topic,” Saca declared.
“I do not want to make any irresponsible remarks. I need first-hand information, and therefore the Foreign Minister is making the relevant steps.”
Further, Saca instructed Salvadorian Foreign Minister Marisol Argueta de Barillas to contact his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro.
“Any interference of a government such as Venezuela’s in El Salvador’s domestic affairs is unacceptable,” said Saca, who ordered an investigation into the US claims, daily newspaper La Prensa Gráfica’s reported on its website.
Source: El Universal
The FMLN was organized in 1980 as a merger of the Popular Forces of Liberation “Farabundo Marti”; Communist Party of El Salvador and its armed wing Armed Forces of Liberation; the Party of the Salvadoran Revolution and its armed wing Revolutionary Army of the People (El Salvador); the Armed Forces of National Resistance; and the Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers and its armed wing Revolutionary Army of Central American Workers.
Since the end of the Salvadoran Civil War in 1992, when the Soviet/Cuban-backed FMLN transformed itself from a guerrilla group into a political party, El Salvador’s opposition party has competed neck-and-neck with the country’s main rightist party, Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), in the Legislative Assembly. However, the FMLN has yet to take the presidency, which has been dominated by ARENA in the post-civil war era. This is the goal of El Salvador’s communist leadership, as well as it would appear Latin America’s Red Axis, for March or April 2009.
In October 2007 the FMLN’s Political Commission nominated popular anti-government political commentator and talk show host Mauricio Funes (pictured here) for the party’s presidential candidate. Funes appears primarily on second-tier media outlets since major TV channels in El Salvador are owned and/or operated by Telecorporación Salvadoreña (TCS). TCS apparently has close ties to ARENA and the Saca government. Despite Funes’ alleged national appeal, TCS refuses to broadcast his program. The Salvadoran Union Front (FSS), consisting of 27 largely public-sector unions, has, however, thrown its support behind Fune’s presidential bid.
Wilber Moises Funes, FMLN mayor of Alegria, was assassinated on January 9. It is not clear whether he is related to the party’s presidential candidate.
Exporting Revolution in the Twenty-First Century
Latin America’s Red Axis controls most countries in the region. Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, Honduras, and El Salvador are noteworthy exceptions, but prime targets for absorption into the Communist Bloc.
In January 2007 the narco-terrorist Sao Paulo Forum (FSP), a project of Cuban Tyrant Fidel Castro and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for regional domination, converged in San Salvador. The pro-Chavez Communist Party of Venezuela holds membership in the FSP. The following month later three ARENA politicians were assassinated in Guatemala as they travelled to the Central American Parliament in Guatemala City. In addition, four Guatemalan police officers who were alleged to be the politicians’ assassins were also murdered in jail only hours later. A well-known Guatemalan narco-politician has been arrested as a suspect in this case.
Venezuela’s neo-communist dictator Hugo Chavez, especially, is busy exporting revolution throughout Latin America by channelling Venezuelan petro-dollars and narco-dollars not only to the FMLN, but also to: 1) the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) to elect Comandante Daniel Ortega in 2006, 2) certain Marxist tendencies in the Party of the Democratic Revolution, to elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2006, 3) support the purchase of arms for the Popular Revolutionary Army, which vows further attacks against Mexico’s state oil monopoly Pemex, 4) Argentina’s ruling (Peronist) Justicialist Party, to elect Nestor Kirchner’s leftist wife Cristina to the presidency last year. Since November 2007 Chavez has also been openly allied with the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, providing the insurgency in neighboring Colombia with a base of operations on Venezuelan soil. He has also loaned military advisors and helicopters to Bolivia’s neo-communist President Evo Morales and extended moral guidance to Ecuador’s neo-communist President Rafael Correa.
“Inspired and supported by Venezuela and Cuba, leaders in Bolivia, Nicaragua and -more tentatively- Ecuador are pursuing agendas that undercut checks and balances on presidential power, seek lengthy presidential terms, weaken media and civil liberties, and emphasize economic nationalism at the expense of market-based approaches,” insists US National Intelligence Director McConnell in his threat assessment.
US intelligence report points out Venezuela’s negative influence in Latin America
February 7, 2008
Venezuela and its “key ideological ally,” Cuba, influenced on the governments of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador, whose leaders develop the anti-US rhetoric championed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Tuesday said a report by the US intelligence services.
“Inspired and supported by Venezuela and Cuba, leaders in Bolivia, Nicaragua and -more tentatively- Ecuador are pursuing agendas that undercut checks and balances on presidential power, seek lengthy presidential terms, weaken media and civil liberties, and emphasize economic nationalism at the expense of market-based approaches,” said the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Director of National Intelligence.
“Moreover, each of these governments, to varying degrees, has engaged in sharply ant-US rhetoric, aligned with Venezuela and Cuba -and increasingly Iran- on international issues, and advocated measures that directly clash with US initiatives,” added the report, as quoted by AFP.
According to the report, “A high priority for Chávez will be to support the (Evo) Morales government in Bolivia. The inauguration of Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega in January 2007 has given Chávez another staunch ally and a location from which to expand Venezuela’s activities in Central America.”
Likewise, the US intelligence services expect that “Chávez will provide generous campaign funding to the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador in its bid to secure the presidency in the 2009 election.”
The report also points out that the military cooperation between Caracas and Teheran “is growing,” although it says that on nuclear energy there is no information on “any significant development as a result of these discussions.”
The US intelligence also criticizes Chávez’s government “lack of counterdrug cooperation.”
Source: El Universal
The social democratic regime in Peru, meanwhile, is chastising Chavez for “exporting revolution.” “Chávez has every right to act the way he wants in Venezuela, where there is a low-intensity democracy. However, he has no right to export his revolution. Every country is free to make the decisions it deems adequate,” Peruvian Defense Minister Antero Flores Aráoz stressed.
Peru claims Venezuela “should not export revolution”
February 7, 2008
Peruvian Defense Minister Antero Flores Aráoz rejected any likely interference by President Hugo Chávez in Peru’s domestic affairs, and warned the Venezuelan ruler does not have the right to export “his revolution.”
“Mr Chávez is getting himself into a mess, and even worse he is meddling with other countries that have nothing to do with this. I do believe international respect is essential for peaceful coexistence of the peoples,” Flores Aráoz told state television channel TV Perú.
The minister was reacting to a likely Venezuelan government’s intromission in Peru by opening the so-called Houses of ALBA -Chávez-sponsored Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas-, branches of Bank of the South, and the launching of multi-state television network Telesur, as suggested by local press reports.
“Chávez has every right to act the way he wants in Venezuela, where there is a low-intensity democracy. However, he has no right to export his revolution. Every country is free to make the decisions it deems adequate,” Flores Aráoz stressed, as quoted by DPA.
Source: El Universal
For this unforgiveable faux pas, the Sao Paulo Forum will intensify its revolutionary activities in Peru, which is contending against labor unrest and a resurgent rebellion orchestrated by the Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path. Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime, moreover, has already appointed its former Maoist Interior Minister Tomas Borge as ambassador to Peru, possibly to coordinate revolutionary activities with the Maoist insurgency there. Finally, the mouthpiece of FSLN indicated in January that Chavez and Ortega still support failed Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala (pictured above, right, with Comrades Evo and Hugo) and his Peruvian Nationalist Party and Movimiento Etnocacerista. Ollanta leads the latter in collaboration with his brother Antauro, who claims to be a follower of Chavez’s left-nationalist Bolivarian political philosophy. The Humala brothers are sons of Isaac Humala, member of the Communist Party of Peru-Red Fatherland. Shining Path and Red Fatherland are both splinter groups of the Peruvian Communist Party.
In a related story, the communization of Ecuador continues apace under the guidance of President Correa and his new Constituent Assembly, which is dominated by his own party and tasked with rewriting the national constitution along socialist lines. Comrade Rafael is Comrade Hugo’s “mini me,” obediently barking when the big red dog in Caracas barks. Like Chavez, Correa refuses to characterize FARC and the National Liberation Army as a terrorist group and now more recently is echoing the paranoid Venezuelan dictator’s fear that both the USA and Colombia are planning to launch a military invasion of the Bolivarian Republic. “I do not have that information -which President Chávez surely has-, but it is clear that the CIA intervened directly in the 2002 coup d’etat, which has been openly acknowledged,” Correa asserted.
Correa endorses Chávez’s stance regarding the US and Colombia
February 7, 2008
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Thursday backed the Venezuelan government’s suspicions about a likely military attack from the United States and Colombia, and stressed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “played a direct role in the coup d’etat” against President Hugo Chávez in 2002.
“What is so surprising about these questions and interrogations in a country like Venezuela that has been attacked in the past?” wondered Correa during an interview with a number of regional radio stations, AFP quoted.
The Ecuadorian ruler stated that even though he had no information related to Chávez’s claims, the US intelligence agency was actually involved in the short-lived overthrow of his Venezuelan ally.
“I do not have that information -which President Chávez surely has-, but it is clear that the CIA intervened directly in the 2002 coup d’etat, which has been openly acknowledged.”
The Ecuadorian ruler did not support Chávez’s petition early last month to recognize the belligerent status of the rebel Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) and National Liberation Front (ELN).
Further, Quito did not show willingness to back a proposal made by Chávez to organize a common army under the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), comprising Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Source: El Universal
Latin America’s Catholic Hierarchy Accommodates the Red Axis
We have in the past documented the influence of liberation theology in the Latin American Catholic hierarchy and the latter’s ambiguous support for the region’s Red Axis governments. Yesterday, the Colombian Bishops’ Conference urged Bogota and Caracas to restore diplomatic relations, which were severed upon Chavez’s initiative in November. The Venezuelan dictator previously suspended relations with Colombia in 2004 during the Granda Affair.
Colombian bishops call for restored ties with Venezuela
February 7, 2008
The Colombian Bishops’ Conference (CEC) Thursday urged the governments of Bogota and Caracas to resume bilateral ties “based on mutual respect and non-interference in each country’s domestic affairs.” In a statement published in Bogota, the chair of CEC, Luis Augusto Castro, said the Catholic Church was “concerned about growing deterioration of the relations with the neighbor people of Venezuela.”
Colombia-Venezuela diplomatic relations became strained late in November 2007, following President Álvaro Uribe’s sudden move to terminate his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez’s mediation to seek a humanitarian swap with the rebel Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), Efe reported. Chávez claimed Uribe betrayed him, recalled his Ambassador to Bogota Pavel Rondón, and “froze” relations with Colombia.
“We are two brother peoples, with a common history of economic, social, and cultural relations, and with nationals living and working hard in both countries,” said the CEC chair. Castro added that Colombia and Venezuela should resort to the usual diplomatic means to restore bilateral ties.
Source: El Universal
Frankly, if Colombia’s Catholic hierarchs are really opposed to neo-communism, then they should be insisting upon the political and economic isolation of the Chavezista regime. Instead, progressive elements in the Catholic hierarchy are aiding and abetting Latin American integration ala the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, which enjoys the patronage of Father Francois Houtart, Director of the University of Louvain’s Tricontinental Centre. During the Seventh World Social Forum, held in Nairobi last January, Cuban legislator and economist Osvaldo Martinez addressed a panel organized by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences and other intellectuals, such as Houtart. “The supreme guarantee of this continuity are the ethical values planted by the revolution, which comprise a political culture opposed to consumerism, banality and profit as a way of life. Prospects are promising as the relations of exchange and collaboration increase under the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA),” Martinez gushed.
It is commonly thought that liberation theology is a spent force. This is a misperception. Liberationism is alive and well, insists former Brazilian Franciscan priest Leonardo Boff in a 2005 interview, and animates neo-communist entities like the World Social Forum: “Liberation Theology was born in the late 1960s, with the same proposals that are being defined today by the World Social Forum — liberation based on spiritual and ethical resources. The will to work for the poorest, to join forces behind that cause, to go beyond.” Boff explains: “The Catholic Church is experiencing very strong internal tensions. . . . There do exist sectors of the Church that support President Bush, but there are progressives who believe in a mature, academic culture, who pursue the option for the poor.”
As of last month, the Jesuit Order boasts a new left-leaning General, Spaniard Adolfo Nicolas, until recently moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania. “Nicolas’ liberal views and emphasis on local decision making and autonomy rather than centralised rule from Rome,” The Times reported in January, “could bring him into conflict with the Vatican after a period in which Father Kolvenbach had restored good relations.”
“Father” Nicolas’ arrival on the international peace and justice scene is just in time for suspended Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo (pictured above) to assume the reins of Paraguay’s presidency on April 20. Lugo’s center-left Patriotic Alliance for Change includes the Authentic Radical Liberal Party, Febrerista Revolutionary Party, National Encounter Party, Solidary Country Party, Christian Democratic Party, Movement for Socialism, Broad Front and Progressive Democratic Party. On January 28, in response to the question “What is your view on the changes in the region — especially its turn to the left in recent years?” posed by the Inter Press Service, Lugo, without actually damning Chavez, replied: “The case of Rafael Correa is unprecedented, and so is the situation of Chavez in Venezuela, where one oligarchy has been displaced by another, but it has at least brought a certain amount of transparency and economic benefits. There are also elements conspiring to attack the strengthening of public freedoms. We are watching events there from a distance.”
It should be pointed out that Pope Benedict XVI approved Nicolas assumption of the role of “Black Pope” and rejected Lugo’s resignation from the priesthood and instead suspended his Paraguayan bishop. Intriguingly, under Lugo’s suspension, the presidential candidate “cannot exercise certain priestly functions but is not relieved of his clerical obligations.” Herr Joseph Ratzinger is popularly perceived as a bastion of Catholic orthodoxy, but that orthodoxy, as we have before reminded the reader, embraces Thomas Aquinas’ proto-communist economic theory.
The Red Tides Laps North
Elsewhere in Latin America social democratic President Oscar Arias has been vilified by Chavez as a “neoliberal” lackey of Washington. However, last month the Costa Rican president and his ruling National Liberation Party, which belongs to the Socialist International, received a delegation from the Communist Party of China for the purpose of expanding diplomatic relations between the two countries, which were established in June 2007. Pictured above: Accompanied by Chinese Tyrant Hu Jintao, Arias visits Beijing on October 24, 2007.
Costa Rican president receives CPC delegation
SAN JOSE, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) — Costa Rican President Oscar Arias on Thursday met with a delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) headed by Chen Fengxiang, deputy head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.
During the meeting, Arias said he is satisfied with the sound development of the bilateral relations since China and Costa Rica established diplomatic relations last June.
He noted that it is a wise decision for the Costa Rican government to open diplomatic ties with China.
Costa Rica’s First Vice President Laura Chinchilla also attended the meeting.
Also on Thursday, the CPC delegation met with Congress President Francisco Antonio Pacheco and Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno Ugarte.
At the invitation of Costa Rica’s National Liberation Party, the CPC delegation began its visit to the country on Thursday morning.
To the north of Costa Rica, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua is quickly finding new partners to address the country’s energy crisis. In addition to securing cheap oil from Venezuela via PetroCaribe and ALBA, Managua is also turning to Iceland, which “will provide Nicaraguan authorities with specialized knowledge and training on how to harness geothermal energy.” This US$4 billion project is the largest undertaken by the Icelandic International Development Agency. “Whereas the United States gets only 1 percent of its electricity from geothermal energy,”the Earth Policy Institute reports, “Nicaragua gets 28 percent and the Philippines, 26 percent.”
Iceland and Nicaragua to Cooperate on Energy
Nicaragua’s Minister of Energy Emilio Rappaccioli signed an agreement with the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) in Iceland yesterday about a five-year development project involving geothermal energy.
Icelandic scientists will provide Nicaraguan authorities with specialized knowledge and training on how to harness geothermal energy, mbl.is reports.
This is the largest project ever undertaken by ICEIDA and is estimated to cost USD 4 billion (EUR 3 billion).
While in Iceland, Rappaccioli will study the situation of geothermal energy in Iceland and visit institutions and companies working in that field. The minister will meet with representatives of Icelandic energy companies which are expanding into foreign markets, like ENEX, Reykjavík Energy Invest (REI) and Geysir Green Energy (GGE).
Source: Iceland Review
Further north still, Guatemala’s new leftist President Alvaro Colom is denouncing organized crime, which is rampant in his country, especially in the form of murder sprees, for destabilizing his government as he tries to enact social reforms. “These are terrorist attacks against the government,” Colom said. Pictured above: Ortega attends Colom’s inauguration on January 14.
Guatemalans protest wave of bus driver murders
By Herbert HernandezReuters
Thursday, February 7, 2008
GUATEMALA CITY: Protesters in Guatemala angered by the brutal murders of bus drivers this week blocked traffic on Thursday demanding more security from the country’s newly elected government.
Over the past week, close to a dozen bus drivers and fare collectors have been murdered, with five killed on Tuesday alone. The government says it was a coordinated assault.
“The situation is really bad … nobody wants to work if they are going to get killed,” said one city driver who declined to be named, as military helicopters circled above.
Attacks against bus drivers are common in Guatemala, one of the most violent countries in the Americas, with 48 murdered last year. Many of the killings are blamed on violent youth gangs extorting fees from drivers.
Guatemala’s new left-leaning President Alvaro Colom said organized criminals trying to destabilize his government were behind the murders.
“These are terrorist attacks against the government,” Colom said on Thursday. “Five bus drivers were killed systematically by professionals.”
Colom beat a right-wing former general in last year’s election promising to reduce endemic poverty and crime.
Since the bookish former businessman took office he has fired 72 military and 32 police officers for suspected links to criminal gangs.
Guatemala is a transit point for drug traffickers moving Colombian cocaine up through Mexico and into the United States.
Source: International Herald Tribune
The FMLN-spawned terrorist gang Mara Salvatrucha operates extensively throughout Guatemala, as demonstrated by that country’s 2005 deadly prison riots, and other countries in North America. Anarkismo.net admits: “Mara Salvatrucha began life in the 90s on the streets of Los Angeles amongst the Salvadoran refugee community as a self-defense outfit. Police reports claim young exiled members of the Salvadoran guerrilla FMLN were instrumental in training and organizing the street gang in its initial years.” It is not inconceivable that Mara Salvatrucha is behind the current bloodshed in Guatemala, possibly with political intent.
Lastly, the neo-communist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), which supports Mexico’s Pretender President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador (poster pictured here), revealed its true color–red–by expressing solidarity with the “Cuban Five,” five DGI agents under lock and key in a US prison. In April 2007 the PRD dispatched a delegation to Havana to support a “solidarity campaign” sponsored by Cuba’s communist regime. In a January 16 interview with the Communist Party of Cuba’s organ Granma, the PRD secretary for youth affairs stated that his party “will deepen the fraternal ties between Cuba and Mexico.” “This is a case that goes beyond demanding their freedom: it has to do with other styles of resistance, of confronting the violence exercised by the United States without using arms and with a new vanguard concept,” Juan Carlos Gutiérrez affirmed.
Meanwhile, protestors associated with Obrador’s PRD are presently blockading state-run oilfields and facilities in Mexico’s southern Tabasco state, putting a dent in onshore production. On February 7 Pemex released a statement, complaining: “The constant blockades of oil facilities, besides affecting production, impedes productive activities with consequent economic damage to Pemex, public finances and economic activity.” Pemex pipelines were targets for the Popular Revolutionary Army last year.
Protestors renew Pemex oilfields blockade
last updated: 07 February 2008 03:16 GMT
By Tom Liskey
Protestors in southern Mexico blockaded oilfields and facilities in Tabasco state, crimping onshore production there.
State-run oil company Pemex said: “The constant blockades of oil facilities, besides affecting production & impede productive activities with consequent economic damage to Pemex, public finances and economic activity” in Tabasco.
Mexican media said the picketers were allied with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the former Mexico City mayor who lost out in 2006 presidential elections.
Obrador and his leftist Democratic Revolution Party claim President Felipe Calderon is trying to break up the nearly 70-year state oil company with new pro-market policies his administration is trying to implement.
Lopez Obrador has said the measures represent a veiled privatisation of the company.
Pemex did not reveal how much output has been lost because of the blockades.
The state oil company also said it would listen to protestors’ complaints, but hoped they would “express their concerns by legal and institutional means”. Earlier this week, protestors cut off access to wells after they alleged oil production in the region spoiled farmland and fishing waters.
Although the PRD fell back to its third-party status during Mexico’s 2007 state elections, AMLO himself is viewed as the “Mexican Messiah.” Alejandro Encinas, a former México City mayor, PRD activist, and “past” communist, believes that his comrade-in-arms Obrador has a clear shot at the presidency in 2012: “If being radical means going to the root of the problems, then I am radical. If negotiating means giving in, then of course I will not negotiate.” It is for this reason, no doubt, that AMLO intends to remain in the limelight by pushing his “Legitimate Government of Mexico” on the masses.