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Corbyn surge raises hopes that Mexico might soon have a friend in No. 10 Downing Street

June 25, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn met Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Tabasco last Christmas.

When Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn outperformed expectations in the UK’s recent general election, he upended the country’s political culture and energised a generation of young supporters.

But his achievement also sparked a wave of optimism among activists in Mexico, who are starting to hope that they might soon have a friend in 10 Downing Street.

Britain’s Conservative government has forged close ties with Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto administration, which has been tainted by corruption scandals, worsening violence and accusations of spying on journalists and activists.

And while Theresa May has sought to appease Donald Trump, who has threatened and offended Mexico at every opportunity, Corbyn has become an unlikely source of inspiration for Mexican activists.

Corbyn, whose wife, Laura Álvarez, is Mexican, often speaks at solidarity events organised by London’s Mexican community. He has, in parliament, condemned Mexico’s media censorship and human rights abuses, and led demonstrations against Peña Nieto’s state visit in 2015 while the British government was signing controversial oil deals.

Corbyn also wrote to Mexico’s ambassador to express “deep concern” over the disappearance of 43 students abducted by police officers in southern Mexico in 2014.

Omar García, who escaped on the night his classmates from the Ayotzinapa college were attacked, met Corbyn and his wife while touring Europe last year to raise awareness about the situation in Mexico…

Click here to read this article in full at The Guardian

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  1. el rana rene permalink
    June 26, 2017 03:38

    Its a mistake to belive the british were with the mexican People. Did he said something about the doctor while he was in prision? Have not heard Anything. Instead he helped to fuck up his country.

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