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A darkened sun: The debacle of the PRD
Alberto Buitre
12/19/2014
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Members of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, the former left, are responsible for the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students.

A sun silhouetted in black against a glowing yellow background in the midst of a mountainous valley, a country scene surrounded by lush trees, in the midst of which appears to be a road towards a new day.  A place that could be anywhere in the mountains of the state of Guerrero.

This image adorns the twitter account of Carlos Navarrete, national president of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD).  In a scene similar to that used by the PRD leader, charred bodies were found, which, according to the speculations of the Attorney General’s Office, could be those of the 43 students from the Teachers School of Ayotzinapa disappeared since Sept. 26.  The crime occurred under the authority of two PRD militants: the mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, and the governor of Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre, whose direct responsibility for the massacre has thrown the traditional party of the Mexican electoral left, the “Aztec Sun,” into crisis.

Acknowledging the crisis, Navarette also faces two more blows.  First is the resignation of the founder of the PRD, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano — son of the former President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, considered the last icon of the Generals of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 — who resigned his membership to the PRD party on Nov. 25, two months after the massacre of Ayotzinapa, saying that the political party founded in 1989 is in “full decline” and that “it has lost its moral authority in society.”

Second is a debt of more than 800 million pesos (US$60 million).  Of this amount, a debt of more than 211 million pesos was accumulated by taxes owed to the Administrative Tax Service; more than 52 million pesos owed to the National Electoral Institute (INE) for fines; 25 million pesos owed for general payments in arrears to its past leadership, and, not least, a debt of 520 million pesos owed to the businessman Carlos Ahumada for having financed the party between 2003 and 2004.

A discredited party
But not all in the PRD are so pessimistic.  Their leader in Guerrero, Carlos Reyes Torres, denies that the “Aztec Sun” has failed during the Aguirre administration and defends the “good governments” of the PRD in the area, according to his statements made to the newspaper El Sur de Guerrero. On the other hand, the secretary general of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM), Pável Blanco Cabrera, remembers that during the PRD governments, five communist militants were assassinated, including their local leader, Raymundo Velázquez Flores.  These murders are added to a long list of more than 260 political crimes recorded in this state since 1998; the most recent being the students of Ayotzinapa.

“The PRD is a party of the capital, not a party of the left.  Although the media in Goebbels-like propaganda campaign has repeated time after time that the left in Mexico is represented by the PRD, the Workers Party, the Citizens Movement and now MORENA [Movement of National Renewal], we think that the left in Mexico is represented by those involved in social struggles, by socialism, and by those who have a clearly anticapitalist position,” declared the communist leader in an interview with Latinamerica Press.

Therefore, on Dec. 2, the PCM resigned from its position in the Forum of São Paulo that brings together political parties of the left and center left of Latin America because of the inclusion of the PRD in its Working Group and considering that this international group protects the PRD from its guilt in the massacre of the Ayotzinapa students.

“Without a doubt, the Working Group hasn’t the least idea of what Ayotzinapa means, nor what could happen in Mexico; it closes rank in support of a party so discredited as the PRD, a party that protects criminals, a party at the service of the monopolies, a party in the midst of deep internal crisis,” states Blanco Cabrera.

“A left comfortable with the system”
Along the same line, Enrique López Rivera, political scientist and professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, affirms that the PRD has become a party “of the left comfortable with the system, collaborating with and consenting to the official discourse.”

In his interview with Latinamerica Press, he defines the present moment of the PRD as a “severe crisis” that “reveals that there are bad politicians in all parties.  In Mexico there are no uncontaminated parties.”

“The PRD was in a comfort zone and was finding its place in the power structure. It has been personal interests that have brought it to the present crisis. This kind of fall makes you need to reconstruct yourself. And although it is possible to reconstruct the party, it is not very probable. Their voices are anchored to the PRI old guard [militants of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party], and they are ambitious for power,” declared the academic, pointing out that a party like this emanating from social movements, should assume its responsibility for the massacre of Ayotzinapa.

Meanwhile, federal elections are approaching.  They will be held on June 7, 2015 and 500 deputies of the Federal Congress, 903 mayors (including Iguala), 639 local deputies and nine governors will be up for election. Already the electoral process has been officially launched by the INE. The impact of the Ayotzinapa crisis and the growing social protests upon the PRD as well as upon the Mexican political system as a whole are subjects of speculation.  —Latinamerica Press.


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On Oct. 26, one month after the Ayotzinapa massacre, Mexican Communists spattered red paint on the national headquarters of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) to draw attention to the party̵
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