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Remember, remember, the 5th of November

Photo I shot at Mexico City.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November.

There is a crisis with police worldwide. It’s not just a one-nation phenomenon.

Civilians are having trouble with police — aggressive, authoritarian, corrupt, insensitive, and racist. Yours truly too. It is not an issue of complying or not anymore. It is not an issue of criminal activity anymore. It is about undermining democracy and freedom (if any).

For those of us who have had issues with police for NO reason is frustrating for other police or authorities to understand. Especially here in Mexico, where laws are only a list of good will.

This ends up ultimately with world governments, they inability to see the issue. We ended up in a police state world, where the Internet, free speech, or even carrying a camera at a demonstration is far worse offense than rape, kidnapping, or mass murder.

Criminals all around the world are getting a nice treatment — warlorlds, drug pins, and mass shooters. We the people have become the scapegoats for the blunt inefficiency of police. Their frustrations vent on us.

We should remind the police (the bad apples that is) that we are the more. That they work for us. That they serve and protect us, not themselves. The moment we begin to do this reminding to police corporations around the world, the moment democracy has failed — though we need to do something to mend it.

Unless you don’t believe in democracy, the police should be held accountable for their actions — the good and the bad. Good actions should be rewarded, yes. Bad actions from police should have the most severe repercusions.

If you’re interested in how a system becomes rotten check out my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes, and see how Yacanes and Atotoztli defended their love in Ancient Mexico against the actions of the High Ruler’s police.

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Riots in Mexico’s midterm elections annuls elections in Tixtla

Happening now.

In Tixtla, Guerrero, as seen in the video, widespread riots, protests and violence against polling stations has forced to government to declare the election annulled in that city.

Many more riots and forced closure of polling stations have been reported via social media in different states.

These protests come after 43 students were disappeared, possibly killed, by the government. Mexicans are disenchanted by the way the government of Enrique Peña NIeto weakly handled the Drug War violence in one hand, and the stern decisiveness against civilians in the other. Democracy has become just a word for everyday Mexicans, while politicians cling to power amid a wave of corruption, sex scandals, and violence.

This by itself is historic. If the INE (National Electoral Institute) decides to keep annulling more cities or even states, this will be unprecedented. People are rising to stop what they call “the farce” of voting. “They always put who they want”, said many people as they stormed into polling stations in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Morelos and Mexico City polling stations.

Southern Mexico is rising against elections

Happening now.

Polling stations have been stormed and burned in many southern states of Mexico.

Confrontations as we see in the video between armed community vigilantes and alleged paramilitaries.

In towns where rios have started moments ago, cellphone service has been taken down by the government.