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I have to wonder if the oil facilities there in Tabasco will be occupied.  If AMLO's supporters are able to stop the export of oil that would instantly make 1/3rd of government revenue dissappear, ad AMLO did have a sit down in the fields in the mid 1990s.

I haven't seen where the recount will occur, but if it's in AMLO's areas in the South, I imagine that they're upset because the most likely areas for fraud are in the
northwest of the country in Sonora and Durango.  At least those are the areas that vote shaving during the computer count were likely.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 11:42:06 AM EST
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Haven't seen anything about occupying oilfields.  Protesters here typically just block access and throw rocks at PEMEX employees. They are currently camped out on top of a new PEMEX pipeline project that runs from the fields to the Dos Bocas port facility.  This as a result of losses due to the tremendous pipeline explosion that took place last year along the old pipeline. I arrived a few days after the explosion and you could see scorched palm trees over a 3km area.

Oil is mostly a negative here.  The industry does provide jobs, but most of the better ones go to non-Tabascanians who already work for PEMEX. There is widespread polution, and since the oil belongs to the Nation, the central Govt. sucks up all the profits, leaving little for PEMEX to run and maintain its operations (thus the explosion in a pipeline that hadn't seen a "pig" in over 30 yrs).  There is little evidence, from what I see and hear , that the State of Tabasco receives much benefit. It remains behind the rest of the country in infrastructure.  The little town I live in has no water supply (in a State that's mostly water) and no sanitary (waste water treatment) services.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Aug 10th, 2006 at 12:57:33 PM EST
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Actually, I believe the recount is widespread (althought as pointed out above) not an actual large number of polling places are involved. I don't think there will be any recounting here in Tabasco.  El Peje won here handily, but in October it will all start again with elections for Governor, city mayors, and other local positions.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Aug 10th, 2006 at 01:08:47 PM EST
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Marti Batras Guadarrama reported that in 30,000 precincts there were 898,000 surplus votes and in 42,000 precincts, there are 722,000 fewer votes than voters.

In another report, according to La Jornada:
Jalisco - about 1000 votes were subtracted from Calderon.
DF - tampering with the electoral packets and a mismatch of ballots to votes
DF - district 12, the recount was done under the guns of the military
DF - district 24, there were remains of seals from multiple entries; 20 out of 42 electoral packets had been opened
DF - 10, there were 156 sign-ins but 159 votes; there were 136 unused ballots but only reported 137 to the authorities
DF - district 8, 17 of 18 packets had been opened and there were other irregularities; there were discrepancies of up to 11 votes per precinct in Calderon's favor
DF - district 5, the representatives of the PRD were not allowed entry
Veracruz - Precinct 995-1 produced 75 more votes for Obrador
Veracruz - Precinct 690-1 produced 45 more votes for Obrador
Guadalajara - Precinct 677 produced 80 more votes for Obrador
Tepatitlán - Precinct 136 had 158 perfectly duplicate ballots
Michoacan - the PRD got 200 more votes from 80 precincts
Baja California - they found open ballots and many of them were not counted towards AMLO
Mexicali - district 2, 90% of the ballots were open, without seals
Coahuila - district 6, six electoral packages were either "broken or open."

Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today. - Gandhi

by XicanoPwr (chicanopwr at gmail.com) on Fri Aug 11th, 2006 at 01:54:19 PM EST
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Wow! Could you expand this into a new diary?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Aug 11th, 2006 at 02:00:43 PM EST
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Yes, absolutely.  If this trend continues in all or most of the precincts in the limited recount, I can see the PRD making a good statistical argument for a vote by vote recount in all precincts.  And, if the numbers show consistent shortages for AMLO then his fraud accusations have to be taken seriously as well.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Aug 11th, 2006 at 07:58:44 PM EST
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