Google+ Hangout: The #YoSoy132 student movement in Mexico

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Al Jazeera hosted a Google+ debate discussing the #YoSoy132 student movement in Mexico.


The idea of Mexicans re-electing a party which governed the country for 71 years in what the author Mario Vargas Llosa has called a "perfect dictatorship" is a terrifying prospect for young "netizens".

Using the hash tag #yosoy132 ("I'm 132") students have taken to twitter to denounce the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Mexico's former ruling party, and the media who some young people believe is biased towards them.

The online campaign "is an answer to the corruption and impunity of the rulers of our country, it is hope for Mexico," Francisco Casahonda Rodríguez, a student from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and campaign organiser told Al Jazeera. "#yosoy132 is a new idea of democracy for Mexico; it's a building process which includes demands and feelings from the society."

In the latest opinion survey, where the consulting company Mitofsky took the average of six different polls, the PRI was leading its nearest challenger from the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) by 13 per cent, while the ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN) is running a distant third.

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