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Thousands of Mexicans Take to the Streets in Protest of Trump’s Border Wall

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Feb 13, 2017, 12:00 pm
Protest of Trump's Border Wall
The protest against the border wall brought Mexicans, and even Americans that do not agree with Trump’s border wall, together. (Los Andes)

EspañolMore than 20,000 people in Mexico City participated in marches this weekend in protest of Trump’s border wall.

Using slogans such as “No to the wall” and “Stop the deportations,” the crowd gathered at the city’s Independence Angel to reject the Republican’s immigration policies.

According to protestors, the messages of the march were intended to protest against injustice, hatred, racism, intolerance, discrimination, xenophobia and the violation of human rights. They made a wall with paper blocks and demolished it as a symbolic message about Trump’s border wall.

The demonstration was called “Mexico Vibrates,” which was organized by 87 organizations including the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Though the protest was focused on Trump’s policies, many protesters did not miss the opportunity to express their discontent with Mexico’s own corruption and impunity.

UNAM Dean Enrique Graue, writer Ángeles Mastretta and Director of Mexican Transparency Eduardo Bohórquez joined the demonstration to protest recent Mexican policies. Director of CIDE Sergui López Ayllón and former Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Emilio Ávarez Icaza were also reportedly in attendance.

 

Since the groups that organized the march did not agree on certain points, two marches were ultimately held.

“I do not think that the march should have been divided, but it happened,” Graue said. “I believe that Mexico has many historical grievances: insecurity, corruption, inequality, impunity and the gasoline situation. It is not time to look at the past, it is time to look toward the future and send a message about sovereignty, strength and equality toward the neighboring country.”

Mexican historian and author Enrique Krauze said that the protest was “against the absurdity, injustice and outrage that our countrymen in the United States and their families in Mexico are victims of this monster in the White House.”

“I hope the world, Americans and Mexicans will become aware and help to peacefully remove that tyrant from the White House,” he added.

US citizens who have made Mexico their country of residence also joined the march and expressed their disagreement with Donald Trump’s policies, such as the construction of a border wall that in many cases affects the relatives of their partners of Mexican origin.

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Evidence Mounts that Colombian President Did Receive Funds from Odebrecht

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Feb 13, 2017, 11:15 am
Former Congressman Bula has presented more evidence that further incriminates the 2014 Santos campaign (

Español Colombian ex-congressman Otto Bula, who was ensnared in the Odebrecht scandal and who accused the campaign of President Juan Manuel Santos of having received almost one million dollars from the Brazilian construction giant, delivered a USB with information that includes information linking the president's campaign manager Roberto Prieto to corrupt businessman Andrés Giraldo. Following the announcement by the Prosecutor's Office, which spoke of Bula's accusation, no evidence has come to light directly incriminating President Santos. However, Bula has presented incriminating evidence that further solidifies the relationship between the Santos campaign and Odebrecht. Read More: Colombia President Santos Allegedly Accepted Odebrecht Bribes During 2014 Campaign Read More: Colombian Vice President Denies Involvement in Odebrecht Loan In addition, the USB contains information about Bula's contracts with the Brazilian multinational, in which he helped manage contracts such as the Ocaña-Gamarra road that has implicated former ministers Gina Parody and Cecilia Álvarez. In addition, it shows how Odebrecht asked him to justify several several million dollars in unexplained expenses that had not been cleared through proper channels. According to the newspaper El Tiempo, the information provided on the USB self-incriminates Bula for money laundering and document forgery, since Bula signed a false contract to justify a USD $4.6 million expenditure; in context with this transaction, he also personally earned an alleged USD $1 million, which he has admitted. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); There are also new individuals implicated in the case. Otto Bula says that a well-known owner of car dealerships named Lopez helped launder by reporting it as purchases of various Toyota trucks. Bula has confessed to moving the rest of the money through Chinese and Panamanian companies. Now, the investigation will be focused on determining what happened to the remaining USD $3.4 million that Odebrecht attempted to justify through false contracts. However, everything indicates that this sum could have been paid as a bribe to obtain the lucrative contract for the Ocaña-Gamarra road. The Ocaña-Gamarra road, passing through rugged mountainous territory in northern Colombia, links the departments of Norte de Santander and Cesar. The investigation will also probe claims against the Oscar Ivan Zuluaga campaign that allegedly received funds through the mediation of Daniel García Arizabaleta, who was the intermediary between the campaign of the Democratic Center and Odebrecht. Senator Bernando Elías, who is known as "Ñoño" Elías, has been repeatedly reported to have been involved in the corruption cases. However, he has been surprisingly adept at dodging bullets with the corruption cases, a trend that has continued with respect to Odebrecht. Senator Elías was reported to have been one of the intermediaries in the budget appropriations for the Ocaña-Gamarra road, suspected of having been the beneficiary of the USD $4.6 million bribe paid by Odebrecht. Semana magazine, however, notes that Otto Bula has chat logs in which several officials, including "Ñoño", were very aware of the corruption involved in the awarding of the contract for this route, which proved a boon to the Norte de Santander department, a key constituency for the Colombian senator. The Las2Orillas website published a series of photographs showing government officials participating in activities with Odebrecht, which is likely to cause further discomfort for the Santos administration. Source: El Tiempo, Semana, Las2Orillas

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