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Green Party of Mexico: Bring back the death penalty

From the Los Angeles Times blog:

You see some strong stuff on the streets of Mexico City. Women begging with babies in their arms, young kids, high on glue, washing car windshields and children no older than 5 trying to sell chewing gum and lollipops to people eating at sidewalk restaurant tables.

This month, there was a surprising new addition: an advertising campaign from Mexico’s Green Party, Partido Verde in Spanish, demanding the return of the death penalty to the country.

“Because we care about your life — the death penalty for murderers and kidnappers,” read the billboards.

It feels rather strange to be accosted by such a proposal while walking down the street, waiting for the bus or driving on the freeway. But perhaps stranger is that the demand comes from a political party that aligns itself with environmentalism and, generally, with left-of-center values.

As Tracy Wilkinson reported last week, there is a discussion underway in Mexico about bringing back the death penalty.

It is highly unlikely, if not impossible, that the death penalty could be re-introduced because of legal obstacles, according to experts. But the current wave of crime and drug-related violence rocking the country has upped the public’s demand for stronger measures against criminals. A survey published by El Universal on Monday reported that 70% of respondents supported bringing back the death penalty.

Despite that, lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies rejected proposals by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Green Party on Tuesday to create a forum that would have analyzed the reinstatement of the death penalty.

— Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

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  1. Chris Lugo Chris Lugo February 11, 2009

    As a former Green Party candidate for US Senate from the state of Tennessee, I have to agree that we cannot align ourselves ideologically with Green Parties around the world that takes positions in conflict with the ten key values.

    I understand that there are cultural differences, but nonetheless, murder is murder regardless of whether the state undertakes it or an individual, and the death penalty is clearly a contradiction of the Green Party platform. I think that if the Green Party of Mexico continues to pursue this course it should consider renaming itself as another entity not affiliated with the Green movement.


    Chris Lugo
    Green Party US Senate Candidate
    2006 & 2008
    Nashville, Tennessee

  2. Eric Prindle Eric Prindle December 12, 2008

    The Mexican Greens have been an embarrassment in many ways over the years. But they’re hardly the only ones.

    Right now, worldwide, Green parties are involved in four national governing coalitions, and all four are widely acknowledged to be center-right in orientation. Many Green parties oppose abortion rights. The Green Party in Portugal recently took a bizarre position in favor of same-sex marriage but against same-sex adoption. The Green Party in Nepal supported the now-abolished monarchy.

    The U.S. Greens ought to seriously reconsider our affiliation with ideologically incoherent Green parties around the world.

  3. Ross Levin Ross Levin December 11, 2008

    What???? Is the GP of Mexico that much different from ours here? Or is the Green Party just a sucker for being the opposition party?

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