Amlo ridiculed for saying that the Mexican feminist movement started two years ago | Mexico
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has waged another fight with the country’s burgeoning feminist movement, claiming he only started “two years ago” and bizarrely claiming he had been formed to oppose its administration.
Asked on Wednesday about a march in Mexico City for International Safe Abortion Day, the president spoke conspiratorially of the women’s movement, claiming he had become “conservative” – a term he uses to mock her. critics.
“You have to see what is behind it, because two years ago, when the feminist movement started, a lot of women took part in it. But you started to realize that they had become conservative feminists just to affect us, only for that purpose, ”he said.
His remarks were the latest proof of the populist leader’s hostility to the feminist movement – which includes many who have supported him before.
Mexican social media responded with ridicule and bewilderment.
“With this man, he believes that everything revolves around him”, tweeted Martha Tagle, former opposition senator.
“[López Obrador] does not understand feminism and the little it understands, he considers it contrary to his political project, ”said Bárbara González, political analyst in Monterrey.
Some members of the feminist movement have expressed their early hopes for López Obrador’s administration, which he describes as the “fourth transformation” in Mexican history. He appointed a joint cabinet and appointed former Supreme Court judge Olga Sánchez Cordero to the Ministry of the Interior.
But Sanchez Cordero Was replaced at the end of August – and returned to the Senate – after a low-key period in what has traditionally been Mexico’s most powerful ministerial post.
“The kind of woman who does politics in a manner acceptable to him is an ‘Adelita’,” said González, referring to the women who fought as infantry in the Mexican Revolution of 1910. “She is an archetype, the model of a woman who accompanies the transformation. “
The president’s remarks come just three weeks after the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion – a topic the president barely touched on.
The court ruling follows waves of protests in Mexico and across Latin America as women took to the streets to demand action on issues such as sexual violence, access to abortion and feminicide.
A recent Amnesty International report found that at least 10 women and girls are murdered in Mexico every day. Most cases go unpunished and the families of the victims are often forced to conduct their own investigations.