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  • I remember clearly the morning of December 1st 2012. As me and my roommate were about to cover what we thought was gonna be a peaceful demonstration, the gas shot by the riot police started smelling from a couple subways stations away: the trains coming from the other side were full of it.

    That day was marked in Mexico´s history by violent protests against Enrique Peña Nieto ́s take over as president, and the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that ruled the country for 70 years and managed to go back in power after a 12-year interval offering money to the poor people, the majority in the country.

    The protests involved 400,000 riot policemen, 6 protesters heavily injured and 1 dead: activist Juan Francisco Kuykendall, who died after months of being in a coma that started that day, when he was shot in the head directly by a gas canister a few feet away away from me, the only time I´ve seen someone being shot in the head.

    Mainstream media did not covered the protests, only the glamorous take over of Peña Nieto and his TV-Star wife, but the images I took that day spread through the Internet with the hashtag #1DMX. This photo of a Mexican anarchist flag with black instead of green and red became the symbol of the death of democracy in Mexico, helping a whole generation realize that we live under a perfect dictatorship that looks just like a democracy.
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