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#I am Assange, #I am 132

#YosoyAssange, #Yosoy132…Promoted by Mexicans, this is a new campaign started at the beginning of April to support Julian Assange and the soldier Bradley Manning.

 

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With social networks as their main platform, this campaign sets out three main demands: freeing the North American soldier (imprisoned since May 2010, accused of leaking State Department classified information), to put an end to the legal harassment against the Wikileaks founder, and respect towards freedom of expression in the world.

The internet is the channel through which Mexicans have joined together in a national and international movement #Yosoy132; they are promoting a worldwide massive demonstration to support Assange, Manning and to achieve the “democratisation of media and information”.

YosoyAssange 4It has been promoted in a video that has had extensive coverage since  its publication on social networks, in which Mexicans call upon people to join the campaign called #YosoyAssange, #Yosoy132, from various cities around the world, including Chicago, Munich, Paris, London and Mexico City.

The campaign is made up of sympathisers of this cause publishing photos of themselves on social networks with a sign displaying #YosoyAssange, #Yosoy132.

Then, they say, they will pass on directly these messages of support to the Wikileaks founder in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has resided as a political refugee since the 19th of June 2012.

YosoyAssange 2The campaign in itself is a demonstration of support for Wikileaks on behalf of the movement that shares common objectives regarding freedom of expression.

Also, it is a gesture of gratitude for the support offered by Assange to the movement on the 23rd of February, via videolink to Mexico City, on the occasion of the presentation of the book México in Wikileaks, Wikileaks in La Jornada, edited by the newspaper as a media associate of Wikileaks in the broadcasting of diplomatic cables in North American embassies around the world.

Assange expressed some years ago that the Internet was “an opaque space in politics, now it is the primary means by which people educate themselves, and it controls the ability of a new generation to understand the world, when compared with what went on 20 years ago.”

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Julian Assange

That is why we see the emergence, of a movement like #YoSoy132, a movement in favor of the truth in Mexico and against corruption in the media’.

He then displayed a sign with the phrase #Yosoy132.

Permanent Activism

May will mark the first anniversary of activity in Mexico and abroad for the movement #Yosoy132.

In 2012, when the presidential election was about to take place, millions of people, mainly university students, joined this movement to demand transparent and democratic elections, especially in the activities of television, radio and the written press where it was obvious they had an excessive support for the then candidate for the right wing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto, current president of Mexico.

YosoyAssange 8Peña Nieto took over the presidency without the recognition of millions of Mexicans. Far from being defeated, the movement #Yosoy132 has remained active in Mexico and abroad, in cities in the United States, Germany, France, England, Spain, Argentina amongst others, where Mexicans live allied to their cause.

One of the most active groups has been #Yosoy132London, in England, which as a movement has participated in conferences in universities to talk about the problems facing democracy in Mexico. It is also about to publish a book based on a series of lectures presented in the prestigious Imperial College London.

YosoyAssange 16This is how the movement has stayed active, explains Osiel González Dávila, member of the organization in London, in an interview given to The Prisma days after Peña Nieto was declared president: “The movement will continue until the millions of Mexicans whose voices are not being heard in the traditional media have been empowered.”

Wikileaks in Mexico

As in other countries, in Mexico the broadcasting of the diplomatic cables of the North American government has caused a stir not only in political classes but also amongst citizens.

Wikileaks granted the newspaper La Jornada more than 3,000 secret diplomatic cables, which started to be published from 2010, and which were recently compiled in the book Wikileaks in México, Wikileaks in La Jornada.

SONY DSCSince the cables were published here is some of the news which horrified Mexican politics:

–       On the 23rd  May 2011, La Jornada published the cable 09MEXICO2778, dated 24th September 2009, in which Enrique Peña Nieto, member of Mexico City’s PRI, was described as a “protégé” of the former president Carlos Salinas. “Cut from the same cloth by the ossified Mexican PRI, Peña Nieto is not precisely known for his transparency, when it comes to friends and allies”, points out the document which was created after the visit of North American civil servants to Mexico, when Peña was in government.

YosoyAssange 9–       On the 22nd of July 2011, the cable 06VATICAN61 was broadcast, which mentioned  the then cardinal of Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, asking the Government of the United States to stop the progress of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the 2006 presidential candidate of the coalition of left wing parties.

–       Cable 09MEXICO2759, published in June 2011, was sent by the then North American ambassador in Mexico, Carlos Pascual, to the Department of State of the United States on the 21st September 2009, in which the ex-Minister of Justice Arturo Chávez Chávez, was implicated as an ally of drug trafficking groups.

–       Cable 07MEXICO983, revealed on the 25th May 2011, mentions that Genaro García Luna, Secretary of Public Safety in the previous six-year period, during the government of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, offered to grant to the United States free access to Mexican intelligence information.

 

(Translated by Evelyn Dench – Email: edench75@gmail.com )

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