What to expect from AMLO in the next couple of weeks.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the take-over of the Zocalo could go on for years and he will continue with his protest till the “ultimate consequences” (whatever that means…) However he announced four immediate steps:
1. Protesters will be there the day and place when Felipe Calderón is declared President of México.
2. - There will be protest on September 1st when President Fox gives the “State of the Union”. (This action was of course expected… The President may have to send-in his report of the state of the nation to Congress and not do his annual speech in front of the Congress.)
3. - On September 15th they will celebrate their own “Grito” at the Zocalo. (Which means the traditional patriotic festivities in which the President or the Mayor of México City gives the traditional “scream” cannot take place. This is an interesting dilemma for Fox since the symbolism of not controlling Mexico City is important. However, in the past, the President traditionally would give the last “Grito” in Dolores Hidalgo, allowing the Mayor of Mexico City to do the Grito at the Zocalo. Therefore the problem may now be the current Mayor, Alejandro Encinas´ problem. Will he let AMLO take over “his grito” I believe Encinas´ has no choice… He never really was the Mayor of Mexico City.
4. - On the 16th of September, AMLO called for a National Democratic Convention, with representatives of all the “pueblos” (I am not sure if this means indigenous groups, or political groups or what) to discuss and define what is the role this movement will play in the in the future. (This day of course is when the traditional military parade takes place, starting off from the Zocalo where they present the flag and military honors to the President. Encinas insist that this parade can take place even thought the Zocalo is taken over. Unless the parade takes place somewhere else, Encinas is hallucinating. And it is extremely dangerous to have a large contingency of soldiers marching among protesters. It is a recipe for disaster.)
Final comment: These steps definitely show that Andres Manuel is recognizing that the Tribunal will probably anoint Felipe Calderón as Mexico’s next President.)