Posted by dobie on May 22, 2012, 10:37 am
After a long bus ride, we arrived at the Templo Expiatorio in Guadalajara about 6:30 pm. Along with many supporters and media, thirty-nine of us from El Rebalsito, wearing Tenacatita T-shirts, were peacefully walking (carrying 3 large lonas) from the Templo to the Televisa station where Fernando Guzman (candidate for governor of Jalisco) was scheduled to be interviewed. |
When we got about a block away, we could see what looked like hundreds of PANistas waving flags, beating drums, jumping up and down and acting pretty crazy. They came at us very aggressively and began pushing and shoving, and tearing at the lonas. They just wouldn't let us be.
We moved to the other side of the street, and they followed, trying to cover our lonas with theirs. It was very difficult to have a reasonable conversation with them. There we were, protesting the violence of PANista Fernando Guzman, and there they were, being violent.
I was able to have a decent conversation with one of the PANistas (who were mostly young people, most likely paid to be there), and I asked him if he knew why we were there. He said not really, so I started telling him about the Tenacatita desalojo and all the injustices. He asked me to send him more information. He said that he's a PANista, but didn't want to vote for someone who was talking away people's homes and livelihoods.
We arrived home at 5 AM, tired but content that we were able to bring more media attention to Tenacatita.
To read the newspaper reports, and to see a short video of the confrontation:
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