Photo from La Jornada.
Short version: Vincente Fox did not have the huevos
to do the traditional Independence cry from the Presidential Palace overlooking the Zocalo. So, the mayor of Mexico City did it for the nation. Despite the rain, the Zocalo was full.
Apparently there will be no official figures, but probably a million people.
It's a powerful symbol that Mexico is not under a legitimate government.
Just so, the PRD delegates declined
to recognize Felipe Calderon as president.
And it's interesting that the US press has so systematically failed to cover the issues involved. Yes, there's the legitimacy of the election. But that's really settled: the refusal to do a transparent recount, even for 9% of the ballots, made it abundantly clear the election was stolen.
So, now there are the issues of the future. The writer Elena Poniatowska described
the struggle as one of national sovereignty, to protect Mexican resources from being looted, as well as a struggle of indigenous peoples to live in dignity.
No wonder the US press won't report it.
Correction: Porfirio Muñoz Ledo reminds me
that the PRD is establishing the Fourth Republic. See Wikipedia
That just goes to show that we should not be so shy about declaring our second. The first has just not worked out, and I really would like to not have to call him "President