Sunday, October 14, 2007

Robust Political Discourse

Here's a nice example of the rough-and-tumble of Mexican politics. An hours-old statue of ex-president Vicente Fox got the full Saddam treatment in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, yesterday, as hooligans pelted the ten-foot bronze likeness with tomatoes and eggs (known locally as the delicious huevos rancheros) before tying a rope around its neck and pulling it down. (This dude then finished him off with a killer riff.)

And the leaders of this unruly mob? "Congressmen Adolfo Mota Hernández and Gerardo Lagunes Gallina, local legislator Raúl Zarrabal Ferat and the state's undersecretary in charge of revenue, Salvador Manzur," all from the opposition PRI party, who did it, it appears, because they just don't like Vicente Fox. I mean, holy shit - even the Clinton Library opened without a hitch, and that was when the Republicans controlled all three branches of government.

Update: Turns out this is not without precedent. In Mexico City, there used to be a statue of president (1946-52) Miguel Alemán, but students set it on fire in 1965. The sculptor repaired it, so in 1966 someone dynamited the thing. Taking the hint, the government dragged away the rubble (don't ask me why, but not until 1972) and that was that.


'Eddie Willers' said...

'Robust political discourse' my hairy ass!!

This is what happens when youi steal money from the peons and use it for self-glorification!

Burro Hall said...

I'm not sure Fox actually paid for the statue himself out of stolen public funds, but I do take your point about your hairy ass.