Mexico returned to priism with the government of AMLO, criticism of leftist anthropologist

Mexico.- The treatment it gives to indigenous peoples and the recovery of capitalist projects have made the anthropologist and leftist Gilberto López and Rivas consider that with the government of the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador “Mexico has returned to PRI.”

In his most recent book entitled “Indigenous peoples in times of the Fourth Transformation (Q4)”, López y Rivas criticizes the plans that the head of the Federal Executive Power has deployed in relation to pre-Hispanic groups and, in this vein, returned it to the “paternalistic indigenism”.

In an interview with EFE, the Mexican intellectual criticized the transformation supposedly contrary to neoliberalism headed by President López Obrador, stating that it is nothing more than “a capitalist plan”, which rescues projects of past federal administrations, such as the Mayan Train, mining and the transoceanic, which had already been put on the table before.

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As for the annoyances that Indigenous villages They have exterminated against the macroprojects of the National Regeneration Movement, the anthropologist stated that the reason for this is because they know what are the effects of the works that seek to build capitalist companies helped by the Mexican government itself.

He pointed out that for the autochthonous inhabitants of the Mexican Republic, megaprojects are seen as a “recolonization” of the land, that is why “they clash due to their form of community organization.”

He also recalled that in 2018 the López Obrador government created the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI), which he described as an “aggression” to the indigenous peoples’ own “autonomic processes”, since it is “a return to the PRI indigenism”.

For their part, Gilberto López y Rivas also criticizes the militarization of the Mexican state during the current administration, by giving the Armed Forces control of customs and seaports, as well as the construction of important projects, such as the Mayan Train and the “Felipe Ángeles” Airport.

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In this sense, he assured that he had never imagined, neither in the governments of Enrique Peña Nieto nor with Felipe Calderón or Vicente Fox, that the country’s militarization process would take place in such a “fine-tuned” way as it is taking place in the Fourth Transformation.

He argued that this process is evident in the increase in the budget of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), accusing that, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, the agency’s resources were increased by giving it 38 government projects, while, otherwise, the amounts allocated to the Ministry of Culture decreased by 75%.


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