On the night of October 10, 2009 President Felipe Calderon ordered federal police to seize power plants in and around Mexico City, while he dissolved the state-owned Light and Power Company and fired the entire workforce of 43,000.
The takeover wiped out the legal existence of an independent union that had been one of the leading forces against the governments corporate-friendly agenda. About 22,000 retirees and 1,500 union technical school trainees were also affected.
mexico city...distrito federal January 11th 2010 we pulled into mexico city at 11am on our overnight bus from palenque. i was so excited to be going to this massive city, i never in a million years thought we would be. with the population exceeding 8.8 million people, i always imagined total chaos when i pictured mexico city. and we were shocked to find that it was relatively calm and organized with fantastic public transportation and tons of th ... read more
North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century. A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst... ... read more