Around 1,500 people who are part of the National Anti-AMLO Front (FRENAAA) set up a sit-in in the Center of Mexico City to demand the resignation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The protesters arrived at the Monument to the Revolution around 10:00 am and tried to march towards the capital’s Zócalo; however, security elements encapsulated them and did not allow them to pass.
Faced with this situation, the members of FRENAAA decided to install tents that they already had stored in nearby buildings and placed them on Avenida Juárez, between the Central Axis and Avenida Balderas.
The protesters warned that they do not intend to leave the place and assured that more people could arrive from Chihuahua and Chiapas.
Iván Mendoza, leader of the movement in Jalisco, explained that the sit-in will remain indefinitely and it is intended that the people who arrived at the Historic Center this Saturday will stay for five days, to later be replaced by people from other parts of the country.
With shouts like “Out with Lopez! Out with Lopez!”, The protesters demanded his resignation from the president, at the same time that they invited the population to join the sit-in. Although this Saturday the detractors of the Executive only occupied a section of Juárez, they also spoke of their intention to extend in the next few days to Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most important roads in the capital of the Republic.
In fact, in its social networks the organization recalled how in 2006, after having lost the presidential elections, the former opponent López Obrador installed a sit-in in the same area of the capital and that is why now it is trying to do the same.
The conflict between the police and the protesters did not take long to start, since when the tents were being installed, the security elements collected some. In the end, the pressure of the protesters and the presence of the media helped the uniformed men to leave their belongings where they were.
After these events, the members of FRENAAA sang the Mexican anthem in unison, in an attempt to show unity with the security forces.
“The mobilization is in protest of López Obrador, because we have realized that his government is a failure, in economic matters we are worse than ever, in terms of health he mocks Mexicans, he really is not governing as he should,” he said. Juan Carlos Aguirre, who claimed to have traveled to the capital from Guanajuato.
The protester said that he arrived accompanied by around 50 Guanajuatoans, who expressed their dissatisfaction with the policies of the federal government.
The cultural, economic and social diversity of the protesters is another element that could be observed. People from indigenous communities to professionals criticized the policies of the federal government.
Unlike in the past, this time FRENAAA held its demonstration on foot and not in cars. The cars had previously been used to prevent COVID-19 infections, but now other mechanisms were implemented, for example, the use of face masks and the tents were placed one meter apart.