Mexican pseudo-left and the anti- gasolinazo protests
14 January 2017
The explosive spontaneous protests, which broke out across Mexico at the start of the new year in response to the government’s gas subsidy cut, laid bare the discontent shared by broad sections of the population against inequality, corruption, and the rising cost of living.
But despite the hostility to the government’s measures among the working class and sections of the middle class, the spontaneous protests have dwindled as the trade unions and leading parties have used a combination of lies, empty promises and police repression to force through this frontal attack on living standards.
The pseudo-left Socialist Workers Movement (MTS) is providing a “left” cover for this process by tying workers and youth to the pro-capitalist, nationalist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) and its leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).
The traditional parties of the Mexican ruling class face an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy. President Enrique Peña Nieto is the most unpopular in modern Mexican history with an approval rating below 25 percent. From 70 to 80 percent of voters distrust the ruling PRI, as well as the main bourgeois opposition parties, the PAN (Party of National Action) and PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution).
In ramming through the gasolinazo and repressing the protests, the Mexican ruling class is seeking to prove to the incoming Trump administration that the country will remain a source of cheap labor and resources for exploitation by American banks and corporations.
As a recent publication from the US Director of National Intelligence put it: “Major reforms, such as opening Mexico’s oil industry to foreign investment, take time to bear fruit, but…