Protests on Old Stone Posts Lining the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City

New protest graffiti springs up on the old stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma (Promenade of Reform) in Mexico City.

Mexico, lindo y que herido / Mexico, beautiful and how wounded.Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico CityNo te protegen, te vigilan / They don’t protect you, they watch over you.  Refers to the street cameras that are supposed to be there to ‘protect’ the people. Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City#renunciaYA, 15 de septiembre / hashtag: resign now, 15 of September. A protest organized for the Día de la Independencia de México (Mexican Independence Day) on September 15, 2016 to demand the resignation of the ruling party EPN.  This was inspired by an earlier protest that same year in Guatemala (also labelled #renunciaYA) that demanded and ousted the corrupt president Otto Molina. Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico CityAt the bottom is written Ayotzi + 43. This refers to the mass disappearance/kidnapping/massacre of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in 2014. The students, between 18 and 25, were part of the dream of the Mexican Revolution to provide education to all the people of Mexico including the rural poor, the ‘campesinos’. I can’t make out the top but I think it is possibly No te olvidas ellos (caras?) / Do not forget their (faces?). During many of the protests people carried banners, wore masks, draped classroom desks, with portraits of the missing students on them. This case has never been resolved satisfactorily.Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico CityEn todo Mexico seguimos siendo Ayotzinapa / In all Mexico we continue to feel Ayotzinapa. The ’43’ missing students are incorporated into the M and E of MEXICO.Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. It reads: En todo Mexico seguimos siendo AyotzinapaAs part of the #MeToo movement started in 2018 this reads: Unidas somos poderosas / United (we woman) are powerful.Women protest with pink graffiti in Mexico CityMi vida tiene valour, mi cuerpo no tiene precio / My life has value, my body does not have a price.Women protest using pink graffiti on the old stone posts the line the sidewalks of Mexico CityPeligro, policía / Danger, police. Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico CityThere are many more that refer to events and people that I don’t understand. Spray-painted on top in red is ‘Señor Matanza’ / Mister Assassin.Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico CityA determined woman leading a charge, possibly holding a microphone. Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico CityA symbol of a flower with an A in the centre.Protest graffiti on old grey stone posts that line the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City

If these stones could talk…

The Paseo de la Reforma was commissioned in the 1860s by the new ‘Emperor’ Maximilian, ‘crowned’ by the French after their defeat of the Benito Juarez government of Mexico. Maximilian envisioned it to be the Champs-Élysées of Mexico City. The stone posts that line the broad avenue date from this era but contain stories of modern-day pain and tragedy.

4 responses to “Protests on Old Stone Posts Lining the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City

  1. This one was really striking to me in light of what’s happening now in the US. Sad then and sad now. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t remember about the kidnapped students

  2. Pingback: Vancouver Street Art in 2020 | Albatz Travel Adventures·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s