In nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, tens of thousands of Mexicans peacefully took to the streets in protest of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, accusing his party, the PRI, of corruption and vote-buying. In Mexico City, a reported 50,000 people participated in the “MegaMarcha,” while a simultaneous demonstration in Tijuana had an estimated 10,000 participants. Additional marches occurred throughout many Mexican states, including Oaxaca, Monterrey, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Guadalajara, as well as in U.S cities like Los Angeles and Austin.
People held signs lambasting Soriana, the Mexican supermarket chain allegedly involved with vote-buying via gift cards said to have been distributed by Peña Nieto’s party, the PRI. Many signs also mentioned Televisa, Mexico’s largest television network, accused of manipulating voters by skewing political coverage in favor Peña Nieto during the campaign. Some banners targeted the foreign press, declaring in English that “democracy in Mexico is a fraud.”
Tijuana’s own march was largely organized via social media networks, with help from students involved with Mexico’s growing “Yo Soy 132” movement. The march began and ended at the traffic circle Glorieta del Cuauhtémoc, named after Aztec ruler Cuauhtémoc, in the heart of Zona Rio, the city’s business district.