The only candidate willing to eliminate NAFTA and CAFTA is Ron Paul. The Mexican farmers need to be able to support themselves so that they won’t have to come here looking for work.


Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AFP) ? Tens of thousands of farmers on foot and on lumbering tractors clogged Mexico City Thursday to protest the lifting of corn tariffs under a free trade agreement, which they say is hurting their pockets.

“No corn, no country” was the byword of the protest plastered in signs on tractors and buses, as the angry farmers, some of them leading herds of cattle through the streets, demanded equal treatment with farmers in the United States and Canada.

While it was mostly peaceful, there was some tension late Wednesday when a column of slow-moving tractors ground to a reluctant halt before a phalanx of anti-riot police that barred access to the Zocalo, the city’s main square.

By late Thursday, however, the protest was allowed to move on Zocalo, where organizers said some 50,000 people congregated, while police put the crowd estimate taken by helicopter at between 20,000 and 25,000.

Some 1,500 police fanned out across the city to prevent any unrest stemming from the protest. Farmers from across the country have made their way here, some on foot for 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles), since January 18.

A provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) lifting tariffs on corn — Mexico’s staple food — and other products kicked in on January 1, 14 years after the agreement between the three neighbors came into being.

Many farmers in Mexico have been against NAFTA from the start, but their protest has escalated as the date for lifting corn tariffs approached.

The National Peasant Confederation (CNC), Mexico’s chief farmers’ union with more than five million members, has also warned against NAFTA regulations lifting tariffs on milk and sugar cane products.

Farmers say that government subsidies their counterparts in Canada and United States receive are unfair. CNC said farmers get some 20,000 dollars in annual subsidies in the United States compared to only 700 dollars in Mexico.

They also complain of mounting fuel, fertilizer and electricity prices which they claim represent 60 percent of the average cost of running a farm and place them at a severe disadvantage to their northern competitors.

The farmers and opposition politicians are insisting that some NAFTA provisions be renegotiated, but the three NAFTA governments refuse to do so.

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6 Responses to “Farmers Clog Mexico City In NAFTA Protest”
  1. Eddie B. says:

    I guess some of the Mexican framers don’t like the NWO either. The rest of America will learn to hate it too once the elites “harmonize our wages” so we are as poor as Mexico.

    That’s when we will be hating life. Won’t be any middle class. Really rich or really poor.

    The global corporation will be the new plantation. And it won’t be work place friendly either. Ask a Wal Mart Sales Associate. Better yet, ask a Chinese Wal Mart factory worker.

    WAKE UP.

  2. melody says:

    The weird thing about Wal mart is some of those people are getting so much social services that they don’t realize how low their wages are. I was talking to 2 ladies at the bus stop who work at Wal mart and I said something like, “They don’t pay much at Wal mart do they?” They both seemed to get defensive and said it was a great place to work. Interesting how they were talking among themselves and I overheard both mention getting a section 8 housing voucher and both were on food stamps.

  3. K2 says:

    Sounds like this sort of thing is the real reason the Mexican govt. is squealing so much about “all the guns coming from America”. Much less a concern about cartels, and much more about an angry populace.

  4. Sandman says:

    If we could seal the borders Mexico would be in revolution fast. The Mexican Elite view America as a steam valve to prevent this kind of thing from happening. OUR elite would love to have a system like Mexico where everyone but a few are uneducated, unarmed slaves. It seems like we are racing fast to look like our colorful neighbors socially, politically and economically. If their population was armed, this problem never would have happened.

  5. BEADALONG says:

    Yea and have all the people voting for Hillary forgotten about this?

    I didn’t hear that NAFTA was going to gut their corn industry, but I do remember Clinton saying “Manufacturing leaving our country is a good thing and we have to train for the {NEW} Information Age.

    Now that we’ve trained for this so called “New Information Age”, we get to hear economists, politicians and slime balls like Elaine Chow saying we have a “Skills Gap.”

  6. BEADALONG says:

    Some people don’t care about this NAFTA or the NAU, etc, but….we’re ALL going to be worse than in the Robber Baron days or even Marie Antoinette and the rest of the French people. Like it was mentioned, there’s either the extremely rich or the rest of us, the extremely poor….The Robber Barons aren’t going to have it any other way.

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