Protests Continue in Mexico City

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As far as protests go in Mexico, rarely is it that people simply show up, march and return home the same day.  Instead it is common to set up camps and stay put for days, weeks, months and sometimes even years.  This has been the situation with the farmers from the state of Veracruz.  They have traveled to Mexico City to protest NAFTA and the removal of import taxes on the entry of cheap, heavily subsidized corn from the U.S. and Canada, which they claim is undermining their ability to remain competitive in the marketplace and threatening their livelihoods.  They are currently camped out in downtown Mexico City and from what I understand these protests have been going on for quite some time.  Now it appears they’ve resorted to protesting without clothes, in what I can only assume is an attempt to increase the pressure on the government and move things along.  Overall, city residents seem to be supportive of the cause of the farmers and either slightly irritated or amused at the recent turn of events.  The expressions on the faces of some of the passing motorists, especially those who happened to get stopped in traffic right alongside the protesters, were priceless.  My apparent surprise and subsequent picture taking earned me a few smiles and laughs from people passing by on the street as well as requests for donations to help support the farmers and their cause.

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