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I have looked for mentions of violence in yesterday's huge rally, and to the great credit of the protesters, I did not read of a single incident.

I know very little about Obrador, but I like very much his 50 promises to the Mexican people if he should win.

Especially promise #36 --

Enforce the principles of non-intervention, self-determination of peoples and peaceful solutions to conflicts.

Last week Obrador was quoted as saying:

"We will go along watching the opinion of the people," he said. "If the people say that we have to carry out actions of civil disobedience, rough and forceful, we will carry them out. If the people say that we should act with less belligerence, that's how it will go."

If Obrador seeks to be a leader in favor of "peaceful solutions to conflicts", I would expect him to do more than just let the people determine how much "belligerence" they should act with.  Also, what exactly what does he mean by "rough and forceful" civil disobedience?

I certainly hope something was lost, or altered, in the translation.

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire

by marco on Mon Jul 31st, 2006 at 01:15:51 AM EST

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