Sunday, October 16, 2011

Today’s Video: Occupy Paseo de la Reforma

The Occupy Wall Street movement spread to other areas of the world on October 15th, which was selected as an international day of protest. Marches were held on Saturday in Latin America and the Caribbean including events in the capital cities of Costa Rica, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

The protests throughout the region were mostly peaceful, and participants expressed their displeasure with the global economic system as well as calling attention to domestic economic problems. “We believe that economic benefits should be better distributed because it cannot be that a small group takes the best part,” sad the organizer of the solidarity protest in Asuncion, Paraguay according to the Associated Press.

Approximately 500 people protested on Saturday in Mexico City, as shown in the following video from the YouTube channel of Mexican daily El Universal. Several protesters interviewed gave different reasons for appearing at the event including the need to combat corruption, promoting greater participation of civil society in politics, and curiosity over the movement’s message. The video concludes by asking a very prescient question: will the “indignados” movement in Mexico have the “same repercussions and importance” as in the U.S. and Europe?

Video Source – YouTube user ElUniversalTV

Online Sources – Univision, Tico Times, Voice of America, EFE

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