I’m not going to get into any political discourse here. I’ll get in way over my head way too quickly, and I have my own home country to worry about without starting to hold forth about Mexico’s. But I’ll say this…
Walking from my house to the main square, every corner for blocks and blocks had “PRI Rata” scrawled on the walls. Was the occupant of the house a PRI supporter in a PAN stronghold, branded for all to see? Since we arrived on Election Day, I’m not sure if this was painted before or after the results were posted.
People spray all kinds of rude accusations and crude drawings on walls. Or just some American-style tagging. Here, however, a persistent partisan has been at work. Usually the political graffiti is in favor of the vandal’s own party, not against his or her opponent’s. Of course, there are exceptions. In the week I was there, no one bothered to clean up the graffiti.
Maybe it’s all harmless enough. But it’s not all “sweet innocence” in Mérida, and it’s not a paradise here. Politics is serious business here, just as it is everywhere else. For the sake of my facade, and my visa status, I’m steering clear of anything political.