From Kent Paterson in the NMPolitics.net:
Defying local fears of a poor turnout because of the Easter holiday, the people arrived by the thousands. They were old, young, students, teachers, workers, indigenous and non-indigenous, believers and non-believers. Entire families came in tow.
Withstanding a hot sun warming up Easter morning, enthusiastic supporters of Mexican presidential frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO as he is popularly called, gathered at the Benito Juárez Monument near downtown Ciudad Juárez, where their man delivered a stinging critique Mexico’s economic model and proposed sweeping changes he said will benefit the nation’s financially struggling majority.
AdvertisementWhile waiting for López Obrador to speak, maquiladora (border export factory) worker Jose Lopez said he liked the three-time presidential contender because “he’s more transparent than others.” Like many juarenses, Lopez said low wages and high living costs make getting by a difficult proposition. “You buy a television in December and you pawn it in January,” Lopez said. “(AMLO) can solve some of the problems we have here, like hunger and delinquency.”
Glenda Simental also works in a maquiladora, earning the equivalent of about $77 per week. The single mom said she grappled not only with rising food costs but expensive school fees for her children, despite a law that prohibits schools from charging mandatory fees. “You have to work a lot. It’s not easy to support kids in school,” Simental said. “Many principals won’t allow students in without paying.” Continue reading