With the absence of representatives from the Legislative and Judicial branches, as was the tradition in past administrations, the current Mexican head of state marched through the concentric streets of the capital while Air Force planes painted the sky with the colors of the Mexican flag.
It has already been 213 years since what was then a Spanish colony began a fight for independence to consolidate what the world now knows as Mexico.
In addition to the thousands of Mexican soldiers who participated in the parade, López Obrador’s administration invited the armies of 19 “brother” countries to join in the celebration. Colombia, China, Russia, Chile, Brazil, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, and Uruguay were among the nations invited to march.
The head of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), Luis Crescencio Sandoval, was responsible for delivering some words to commemorate the independence struggle of the Latin American country, expressing gratitude to López Obrador for giving prominence to the military to “support all Mexicans with all our capabilities.”
“To face any adversity, national unity must be strengthened. It is proven that we are stronger when we act together, when we promote collective efforts, a solidarity trait that has always characterized us as Mexicans,” Sandoval affirmed.
On the other hand, the Mexican president, although he did not speak during the parade and only limited himself to greeting the cameras and those present at the celebration, expressed his gratitude to the armed forces through a message on his X account.
On the night of September 15, Mexico commemorates the Cry of Independence, where the current head of state, recalling what Miguel Hidalgo did in 1810, celebrates the country’s history and its national heroes who made the birth of the independent state possible.
Since the beginning of his term, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has stirred controversy among the citizenry. In addition to exalting the figures of historical figures in the country, as well as values such as equality, freedom, and justice, like all his predecessors, AMLO has added a section of protest against racism, corruption, and discrimination.
“Down with discrimination! Long live love! Long live our migrant brothers! (…) Long live Mexico!” exclaimed the Mexican president on the night of September 15 in Mexico City.
The celebration of Mexican independence was characterized by the absence of representatives from both the Legislative and Judicial branches in the official executive events, a practice that, while not stipulated in the law, corresponded to a governmental tradition.
It was on September 14 when López Obrador announced during one of his morning press conferences that he would not invite any representatives from the other branches of government, arguing that they do not have “good relations” and also accusing them of being “against the people.”
The division between the different levels of government in Mexico is clear, as the Supreme Court of Justice has rejected President’s electoral reform twice, a reform that would dissolve the National Electoral Institute (INE) and lead to a restructuring of the Mexican electoral authority. This move generates controversy among a large sector of Mexicans.