Mexican President Faces Protests Against His Administration

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 3:40pm
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

MEXICO CITY — Protesters have continued to gather in crowds this year to demonstrate against President Trump, despite the pandemic. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced similar opposition, with protests from feminists, anti-violence groups — and a movement that demands his resignation.

The National Front Against López Obrador (FRENAA) started as a group of upper and middle class citizens, some of them business owners. 

But the movement has been spreading, holding rallies in cars during the quarantine. Its members reject the government’s economic and social policies, and many of them are right-wing Catholics. They accuse the president of being a populist and negligent with the COVID-19 crisis.

Last week, the president said he’d resign if 100,000 people protested against him and polls showed strong opposition.

On Sunday, FRENAA protested in many cities across Mexico. In Mexico City, some of them have continued to camp out at the main square.

FRENAA says they gathered more than 120 thousand people, but the Mexico City government estimates attendance was only around 9,000. And polls still show strong support for the president.

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