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Previously posted in www.planningmexico.com

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Saturday it was a new demonstration against the election fraud in Mexico, this time in Malmö, Sweden.
Somehow I have become involved with this even though I try to stay out of politics. But, I do support Mexico, democracy and fair elections.
A big difference between this manifestation and the one I attended in Denmark is that this was called up by students and thus a little more organized.

However I am a little disappointed of the attendance, very few people showed up. From what I understand of the discussion in various facebook groups Mexicans in Sweden are afraid of doing some things without permit.

Well, it is good to have a permit, but in Sweden, as most democracies, we have freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembling. If there is no disturbance of order, like stopping traffic or harassing people no laws are broken and you are free to support your country. This is what you are fighting for so why not take advantage of those rights when you can?
Although with reports today about the army was called in to “protect” the march in Mexico City I understand the hesitation.

democracy now

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A few brave did show up and performed a good demonstration, but for me it was clear that this was more a manifestation for internet and support to those on the streets in Mexico than the citizen in Malmö.

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I was happy to see some tourists eager to show their support and take the chance to ask for more information about what is really going on. During speeches and march I also heard parents explaining for curious children about the problems and questions around the election.

democcracy now

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Even with the few people showing up and the watchwords in Spanish the manifestation carried out it purpose to raise awareness and remind people of what is going on.

democracy now

Photo: Dan Freed

We can’t change the individual, all we can do is change the system

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