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Manifiesto #YoSoy132

30 May 2012

A bit more than 144 characters, but in the hours before the march on Televisa, this manifesto began circulating through the social media, under the hastag  #YoSo132.

(My translation)

We are students. We are an ex-miner, or a rebellious youth, or a petty middle-class girl. We are what you are.

We come to you from the networks, the world of zeros and ones, from a world they do not know and have never learned to use.

We do not want a world with its eyes glued to a media built for daily distraction.

We did not want to find ourselves lost somewhere we don’t know looking for an emergency exit.  We are the Mexicans who woke up.

We do not believe in easy slogans: “Democracy has won”, “The story is over”, “Freedom is Victorious”, “The market is open”.

We are born of silence, far away from the bustle of our protests.  We are shouting  slogans against power, but our ideology is unclear and changeable.

We are expatriates, who do not believe in borders or passports. We are friends of clandestine outcasts who copy software, music and books and distribute them worldwide.

We are those who conjure up a better country, of male and female, of different parties, languages, cultures and thoughts.

We are the desperate, who refresh their timeline every five minutes.  We long for the revolution of our parents.  We long for a future that could be.

We had faith in the protest of the past, but we also believe that protest against the established order of today is the foundation of a new order.

We are on the road, but taking a detour.

We are # YoSoy132

3 Comments leave one →
  1. persona ex machina permalink
    30 May 2012 1:59 pm

    This sounds eerily like The Hacker Manifesto:

    I consider this to be a good thing.

  2. nonviolentconflict permalink
    30 May 2012 2:03 pm

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

  3. 30 May 2012 6:23 pm

    Al Jazeera had a good segment on this today, showing large groups of young Mexicans marching and protesting – some with the Soy132 identification. They report that 20% of the Mexican electorate is “young” (between 18-30), and may determine the outcome of the next presidential election.

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