Mexico’s López Obrador leads massive pro-government march

Nov 26, 2022, 11:13 PM | Updated: Nov 27, 2022, 4:26 pm
People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President André...

People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

(AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrives at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrives at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People are seen through a wall as they gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, to listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador saya farewell after a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his wife Beatriz Gutierrez say farewell after a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his wife Beatriz Gutierrez say farewell after a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador greets supporters as he arrives at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrives at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrives at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People are seen through a wall as they gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, to listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador saya farewell after a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his wife Beatriz Gutierrez say farewell after a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, as they listen to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his wife Beatriz Gutierrez say farewell after a march to the capital's main square, the Zócalo, where thousands met to show their support for his government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador greets supporters as he arrives at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, joins a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arrive at the Angel of Independence monument prior a march to show their support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wait at the Angel of Independence monument prior to a march to support his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador march in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador march at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, right, makes the victory signal during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man holds up a doll of the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador joins a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man wears a mask with the visage of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man wears a mask with the image of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Supporters of Mexican President Andrés Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador stand on a statue's platform as they cheer him during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, during a march to support Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              People gather at the capital's main square, the Zócalo, during a march to support Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government, in Mexico City, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
            
              A man wears a skeleton costume during a march to support Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's administration in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, right, waves during a march in support of his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador greets supporters during a march to support his administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Supporters of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador march in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Mexico’s capital Sunday in a show of support for President Manuel López Obrador, who before assuming the presidency had led some of the country’s biggest protests.

The “people’s march” marked four years in office for the leftist leader and was a response to a large opposition march two weeks ago to protest López Obrador’s proposal to reform the country’s electoral authority.

The president himself led Sunday’s march through central Mexico City, which was accompanied by mariachi music, singing and a festive atmosphere. Many participants had been bused in from provinces across Mexico in trips organized by the ruling Morena party, unions and social groups.

“Effective suffrage, effective democracy, and no to re-election,” he said in a speech after the march in which he repeated his slogans of favoring the poor and fighting the oligarchy.

The opposition insisted that many participants were forced to join the march, but López Obrador said he had not put “a penny” of the federal budget into the march. Demonstrators questioned said they had come voluntarily.

But in many cases the transportation was provided by local governments or politicians who wanted to be well thought of inside the ruling party.

Gaby Contreras, a former Morena mayor, brought a group from Teoloyucan, north of the capital, and was the only one of her group authorized to speak. “We are here to support the president.”

Pedro Sánchez, a bricklayer who came with his wife from the Tehuantepec isthmus in southern Mexico, said his municipality organized everything. Hundreds of buses that had brought participants lined nearby streets.

“I come from Sonora by plane and I paid for my ticket,” said lawyer and López Obrador supporter América Verdugo.

Nelly Muñoz, an administrator from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said “it’s called ‘organization’ and and believe it or not, it’s what we’ve been doing since 2006.”

That date was a reference to the year López Obrador came within 0.56% of the vote of winning the presidency and denounced his loss as fraudulent. Many supported him, launching a mass protest movement.

López Obrador was elected to the presidency 12 years later and his Morena party won four of six races for governor in last year’s midterm elections, giving the ruling party control of 22 of Mexico’s 32 states, an important advantage heading into the 2024 presidential elections.

But the government has been criticized for its increased use of the military, laws whose constitutionality has been questioned in the courts, and its support for controversial mega-projects, Some people who support the president are now are his critics.

Clara Jusidman, founder of INCIDE Social, an NGO specialized in democracy, development and human rights, said that what is important isn’t the number of participants in the march, but “why they participated.”

She said many Mexicans feel compelled to participate because they receive money transfers from the government, which is its main way of supporting those in need. Others want to be in the good graces of the party ahead of the 2024 local, state and presidential elections. The leading contenders to replace López Obrador as Morena’s presidential candidate in 2024 appeared in the march.

But there was no shortage of fans of Mexico’s president, who maintains a high approval rating.

Alberto Cervantes, who traveled from Los Angeles to join the march, had the president’s face and “AMLO 4T” tattooed on his arm. AMLO is the popular acronym for López Obrador’s name, and 4T refers to the “4th Transformation,” which López Obrador says he is carrying out in Mexico.

Lorena Vaca, who waved a flag of the LGBTQ community, said she came to ask for more attention for women and transgenders.

“There are things we don’t agree with… but that doesn’t mean we don’t support the Fourth Transformation process,” said Aurora Pedroche, a member of a critical sector within Morena who questions the party’s leadership but supports the president.

Mexico’s opposition had called a massive march because they feared López Obrador planned to use his proposed reforms to compromise the electoral institute’s independence and make it more beholden to his party.

López Obrador repeatedly criticized the march and days later said he would call his own march.

“You can’t make a change overnight and Andrés Manuel is not infallible,” Pedroche said. “But we have worked hard and what we don’t want is for this to be reversed.”

___

AP journalist Mark Stevenson contribution to this report.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

The logo for OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, appears on a mobile phone, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 31...
Associated Press

Cheaters beware: ChatGPT maker releases AI detection tool

ChatGPT is trying to curb its reputation as a freewheeling cheating machine with a new tool that can help detect if artificial intelligence wrote it
19 hours ago
This undated photo provided by the Grants Pass Police Department shows Benjamin Obadiah Foster. Fos...
Rio Yamat and Andrew Selsky, Associated Press

Oregon kidnap suspect previously released the day he arrived at prison

A man at the center of an intense police search in Oregon after a violent kidnapping last week was released from custody in October 2021 by Nevada prison officials on the same day he was transferred to the state's custody to serve a kidnapping sentence, authorities said Monday.
19 hours ago
The final Boeing 747 sits on the tarmac outside of the factory at a ceremony for delivery, Tuesday,...
Associated Press

Boeing bids farewell to an icon, delivers last 747 jumbo jet

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing bid farewell to an icon on Tuesday, delivering its final 747 jumbo jet as thousands of workers who helped build the planes over the past 55 years looked on. Since its first flight in 1969, the giant yet graceful 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of […]
19 hours ago
seattle police...
Associated Press

Name of Seattle officer in crash that killed woman released

Police have released the name of a Seattle police officer who was responding to a medical call when his patrol SUV hit and killed a 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula last week in a city crosswalk.
19 hours ago
Las Vegas police work near the home of former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Natha...
Associated Press

Police arrest actor, raid his Nevada home in sex abuse probe

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested and raided the home of a former actor turned alleged cult leader accused of sexually assaulting young indigenous girls during a period spanning two decades, according to police records obtained by The Associated Press. Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing […]
19 hours ago
FILE - Bamm Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz perform on the first day of the annual French Quart...
Associated Press

French Quarter Festival unveils lineup for 40th anniversary

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Organizers on Tuesday announced a lineup of more than 270 acts for New Orleans’ 40th annual French Quarter Festival, billed as Louisiana’s largest free showcase of music, food and culture. Artists scheduled to perform at the April 13-16 event include Irma Thomas, Ani DiFranco, Tank and the Bangas, blues guitarist Samantha […]
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Mexico’s López Obrador leads massive pro-government march