Mexico: Student Movement #YoSoy132 Protests Election Results

Days after the presidential elections on July 1, supporters and members of the student movement #YoSoy132 continue voicing their concerns over the preliminary results.

They have also vowed to continue their efforts to modify the political agenda and encourage youth participation. Their main demands pointed to transparent and uncorrupted elections in a country where mainstream media shows favoritism for specific political parties.

After voting on July 1, netizens that support the movement started sharing their thoughts, concerns and, in general, feelings of disappointment.

Benedicte Irgens (@Birgens) [es] observed the elections through her Twitter timeline:

Reading tweets about the Mexican election. Most are devastated. Some contain evidence of fraud. #Fraude2012‬#Yosoy132

Meanwhile, user EMB (@ErnestoMtzB) [es] shows his concern over the preliminary results:

F**K, está pasando otra vez. Una vez más. No hay que dormir. No podemos dormir. No esta vez, MEXICO. No más. #YoSoy132‬.

F**K, it is happening again. One more time. Let's not sleep. Not this time, MEXICO. No more. #YoSoy132‬

Members of the movement YoSoy132 march in Mexico City before the elections. Photo by Ivan_Duff Cuevas Hernandez, under copyright by Demotix.

With encouraging words, Pati Peñalosa (@patipenaloza) [es] looks to the future in a positive way:

lloremos juntos. pero después sequémonos juntos. abracémonos. caminemos juntos. trabajemos juntos. iluminemos juntos. SUMEMOS #YoSoy132‬

Let's cry together, but later let's dry our tears. Let's hug and walk together. Let's work together. Let's shine together. LET'S ADD #YoSoy132‬

Gina Naya (@GinaNaya) [es] tweets about the movements that might come ahead after the elections:

Porque movimientos como #YoSoy132 seguirán creciendo y habrá otros nuevos de gente que SI desea un cambio verdadero en México…

Because movements like ‪#YoSoy132‬ will continue growing and there will be new ones with people who DO want a real change in Mexico…

While Nidia Ortega (@cool_lavy15) [es] says the movement is not giving up:

rendirnos jamas ‪‪#YoSoy132‬

We will never surrender ‪#YoSoy132‬

However, not all Mexican youth are supporting ‪#YoSoy132‬ and the movement's reactions to the election; some netizens doubt the movement's real impact.

Julián Pavón (@jpavon86) [es] expressed his discontent with students from the movement, asking them to study instead of showing public discontent with protests:

Los de #YoSoy132‬ dejénse de marchas y ponganse a estudiar, acepten el resultado como buenos ciudadanos si creen en la autoridad electoral

Those from the movement #YoSoy132‬, stop marching and study, accept the result as good citizens that believe in electoral authority

Another Twitter user, Javier Novoa Cantaño (@JaviStitch) [es], suggested that youth from the movement find a better strategy:

marchas? mas marchas? no!… a ver leanse ‘Rules for Radicals’ de Saul Alinsky y aprendan qué debemos hacer los proximos 6 años… #YoSoy132

More protests? no…Read “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky and learn what we will have to do during the next 6 years…

Less that 24 hours after the elections, youth from the movement gathered in the Estela de Luz monument in Mexico City, marching and asking for a new vote count due to the suspicion of electoral fraud [es]. Twitter user Dalila Andriano (@dtadriano) shared the following picture of the demonstration:

Photo of demonstration shared on Twitter by user Dalila Andriano (@dtandriano)

Many also shared citizen videos of the march, like user jiboles100:


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