Majikthise brings us an update on the Obrador situation:
Majikthise: Obrador to campaign from prison: Obrador is accused of wrongfully appropriating land to build a hospital access road. He will be sent to jail pending trial. Seventy percent of Mexicans believe that the criminal proceedings are a political ploy to prevent the popular mayor from challenging Vincente Fox's ruling party in the upcoming presidential race.
Today the mayor announced that he would turn himself in and run his 2006 presidential campaign from his jail cell.
MaxSpeak, You Listen! also brings us some links on the same subject:
Washington Post: Greetings from Mexistan:
It may be just about the most inspiring sight imaginable: hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the main square of some capital city, demanding democratic self-rule. "They're doing it in many different corners of the world," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said last week, "places as varied as Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan and, on the other hand, Lebanon, and rumblings in other parts of the world as well. And so this is a hopeful time."
It is a process in which the United States claims more than an observer's role. The business of America, says President Bush, is spreading democracy. "The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people, you must learn to trust them," Bush said in his inaugural address this January. "Start on this journey of progress and justice and America will walk at your side."
Unless, of course, you're Mexican.