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Well, it's been a long while since I posted.

I went to Mexico this August in the midst of a massive protest. A significant proportion of the people were sure that their candidate -- Sr. Lopez Obrador -- had been cheated out of a victory in presidential election. (He lost by less than .5 of the vote, and there is widespread suspicion of fraud.)

In response they set up a tent city, blocking over 12 km. of the federal district's main avenue -- the location of banks, embassies, and other critical instiutions -- for months. It was steps from my hotel and I walked the length of it just about every day, and spent most nights amongst the people there.

I talked to a lot of people... peasants, middle class workers, and those above the middle class, and those who supported the protest did so with a quiet vehemence that surprised me.

"We will die for this cause" I heard time and time again. "The government will start the violence, because it's all they can do, and we won't match their violence, but if we have to die at their hands, we will."

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