Mexican election piñatas

Piñatas are the papier-mâché puppets and figures beloved by Mexican children.  They can be bought in most markets and on the streets almost everywhere. There have been no shortage of political piñatas over the years, though, and people with a long memory will remember the piñatas representing Mexico’s controversial former president Carlos Salinas (1988-1994) which famously became targets of many Mexicans fed up with violence, corruption and the political killings that tainted his last year in office. Now, in the run-up to the presidential elections of July 1st a group of  savvy Mexican entrepreneurs have launched piñatas with the heads of the main presidential candidates: the front-runner (according to most polls) Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI which held power in one guise or another between 1929 and 2000, followed in second place by Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the center-left PRD; the candidate of the governing conservative PAN, Josefina Vázquez Mota;  and Gabriel Quadri of the Partido Verde, a green candidate standing for a party that is politically allied to the old PRI.  According to the manufacturers the piñatas for Peña Nieto and López Obrador have sold best. And for supporters of the student movement #Yosoy132 which crashed onto the political scene just 7 weeks ago with its lively social media campaigns against Peña Nieto and the corrupt television and radio monopolies like Televisa  –  there has been a wind up toy showing the telegenic Peña Nieto with former president Carlos Salinas concealed inside his head and body.
Barry Carr

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