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  1. SEE IT: Armed cops try to arrest gay couple for kissing on Mexico beach, but are stopped by furious crowd demanding their release By MURI ASSUNÇÃO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS FEB 26, 2021 AT 2:43 PM Armed cops try to arrest gay couple for kissing on Mexico beach, but are stopped by furious crowd demanding their release. (Facebook) Police officers in Mexico attempted to arrest two men for kissing on a beach, but were forced to let them go after a furious crowd gathered in protest. A video shared on Facebook earlier this week shows at least three heavily armed officers leading the two men, who are in handcuffs, into the back of a pickup truck. The incident took place in the resort town of Tulum, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, over the weekend. The two can be seen being led into the patrol car, as people around them began to protest, some chanting “I’m gay, too!,” in solidarity with the men. According to The Yucatan Times, the pressure worked and the couple was released a few minutes into the altercation. Local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who witnessed the incident, later went online to denounce the actions of the officers. “I want to express my anger because the police here in Quintana Roo are homophobic,” she said on TikTok. Morales said that she arrived at the beach around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when she noticed police officers approaching “a group of young foreigners.” When she asked fellow beach-goers the reason for the arrest — because they were a same-sex couple who had kissed — she joined the group in protest. “They were not committing any crime,” Morales wrote, adding that she was “furious” with the cops’ reaction. “It’s not possible that in the 21st century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community still happens. We all deserve the same treatment,” she added. According to LGBTQ Nation, local police later issued a statement saying that the men were arrested for “immoral acts and sexual erotic demonstrations, on the road or public places.” Morales, however, disagrees. “We were by their side, at no time did they do anything wrong. Simply by kissing like any other couple, they wanted to take them.” A protest of “kisses and hugs against homophobia” is being organized for this weekend. “In protest of the homophobic actions of the Tulum Police, members of the LGBT community are raising their voices and are inviting people to a protest on Sunday, where there will be a ‘rain of kisses’ [which will take place] in front of City Hall,” according to a Facebook post.
  2. Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election July 2, 2018 1:53 am By Margaret Hartmann Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leftist former mayor of Mexico City, won Mexico’s presidential election by a large margin on Sunday, upsetting the nation’s political establishment. His party, Morena, did not exist during the last presidential election, and he defeated two other candidates from parties that have ruled Mexico for the past century. López Obrador ran on message of tackling corruption and offering more government aid to the poor, and his double-digit win gives him a mandate to begin making dramatic changes. Exit polls showed López Obrador, known as AMLO, with between 43 and 49 percent of the vote. His two main rivals, Ricardo Anaya and Jose Antonio Meade, conceded on Sunday, though the official results will not be in until Monday. It’s unclear if Morena will capture a majority in Congress as well, which would make him the first Mexican president in more than two decades to have a legislative majority. Sunday’s elections were the largest in Mexico’s history with all 628 legislative seats and 3,400 other positions up for grabs. There was a massive amount of violence during the election, with roughly 130 candidates and campaign staffers assassinated. President Enrique Peña Nieto did not run, as Mexican presidents are limited to one term, but he probably would not have fared well. Nieto’s term was marked by scandal and his approval rating dropped from 54 percent when he was elected in 2012 to 17 percent in January 2018. This backlash against Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, which was in power from 1929 to 2000 before Nieto retook the presidency, along with the widespread violence and corruption, left Mexican voters open to an unconventional candidate. López Obrador, who ran for president twice before, has drawn stylistic comparisons to President Trump. Aside from upending the political establishment, AMLO’s message is “steeped in the language of nostalgia for a better time — and in a sense of economic nationalism that some fear could reverse important gains of the last 25 years,” as the New York Times reports. He’s also combative, suspicious of the media, and at 62, the oldest person elected president of Mexico since 1913. In many other ways the two men are polar opposites, and AMLO’s election could ramp up tensions between the U.S. and Mexico. López Obrador eschews luxury and has promised to cut his own salary while raising the pay of the lowest government workers. He also campaigned on increasing pensions for the elderly, providing grants to university students, and creating a public-works program that will employ 2.3 million young people. (He claims this will all be funded by money saved from eliminating corruption, but critics say his numbers don’t add up.) While none of the presidential candidates were pro-Trump, López Obrador got a boost by promising to stand up to the U.S. president when necessary. While AMLO has said he wants to preserve NAFTA and maintain good relations with the Trump administration, he previously criticized the trade agreement. Rafael Elias, an analyst at Exotix, told CNBC that he expects “a belligerent AMLO that would not hesitate to take a hard stance and could possibly derail the advances” of U.S. negotiators. For now, Trump was cordial, but it seems we may be referring back to this tweet after López Obrador takes office on December 1.
  3. Literally praying this is true: Apparently Live Nation has booked at least 11 RHT dates for Mexico in summer 16, also due to the whole dollar-peso thing, they're hoping bringing her to Mexico would be relatively cheaper and not as expensive. I also read in another paper that were this true, Mexico would be the only south American stop of RHT.
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