Cracks form in Mexico's student movement
Cracks form in Mexico's student movementStudents break away from the popular #YoSoy132 campaign, alleging political bias.
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A budding student protest movement is gaining momentum and support ahead of Mexico’s presidential election on July 1.
The movement, known as "Yo Soy 132", Spanish for “I Am 132”, was formed to oppose presidential candidate and front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Yo Soy 132 is calling for the democratisation of the Mexican government and an unbiased media, specifically the television networks Televisa and TV Azteca, which they accuse of being biased towards Peña Nieto.
Yo Soy 132 has enjoyed widespread support from young university students around the country, with tens of thousands coming out to rallies and protests. But on June 11, a group calling themselves GeneraciónMX branched out from Yo Soy 132, claiming the original movement was partial towards leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his Party of the Democratic Revolution.
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