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Protesters Storm Wal-Mart in Mexico City (Leftist Violence)
Forbes.com ^ | http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/11/14/ap3175211.html | Kathleen Miller (A.P)

Posted on 11/14/2006 7:34:49 PM PST by Graybeard58

Demonstrators stormed a Wal-Mart on the outskirts of Mexico City on Tuesday, accusing the U.S.-based retailer of selling low-cost goods at the expense of workers, farmers and public markets.

About 250 protesters chanted "Out! Out!" in front of Wal-Mart (nyse: WMT - news - people )'s corporate headquarters before entering the adjacent store, where they blocked aisles for about 30 minutes before leaving. There were no immediate reports of arrests, injuries or damage.

Ruben Garcia, a Mexican citizen who works with San Francisco-based activist group Global Exchange, said the discount chain's low prices take business away from the country's traditional public markets and depress wages for workers and farmers.

"If a cantaloupe costs 20 cents at a Wal-Mart, imagine how much the rural farmers are getting for this cantaloupe," Garcia said. "There is a high cost for the low prices."

The company denied the accusations.

"Wal-Mart of Mexico generates very positive benefits for the country," it said in a statement. With more than 140,000 workers, Wal-Mart is the largest private sector employer in Mexico.

Some protesters carried signs bearing pictures of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist presidential candidate who claims he was robbed of victory in July elections and plans to be inaugurated as the "legitimate president" of an alternative government on Monday.

Lopez Obrador aides have accused Wal-Mart of supporting his conservative rival and the current president-elect, Felipe Calderon. The company denies the allegation.

The Arkansas-based company has been targeted by Mexican protesters before.

In 2004, a Wal-Mart-owned discount store opened less than a mile from the ancient temples of Teotihuacan, just north of Mexico City, despite months of protests by some residents who claimed the sprawling complex was an insult to Mexican culture.

Last month, Wal-Mart won preliminary approval over opposition from some residents to build a store in Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur - the only one of Mexico's 31 states where it currently does not have an outlet.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 11/14/2006 7:34:51 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Gabz; Mrs.Nooseman

Ping.


2 posted on 11/14/2006 7:35:29 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58
Demonstrators stormed a Wal-Mart on the outskirts of Mexico City ...

If they were really smart, they would storm Chanel, Armani, Coach, etc. not Wal-Mart.

3 posted on 11/14/2006 7:36:32 PM PST by Tamar1973 (I find your lack of faith disturbing--Darth Vader, Ep. IV)
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To: Graybeard58
Protesters Storm Wal-Mart in Mexico City

Looks like Christmas shopping started early this year in Mexico, Wal-Mart rampages usually happen the day after Thanksgiving here in the States.

4 posted on 11/14/2006 7:38:42 PM PST by txroadkill (It's a war stupid, not a trial.)
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To: Graybeard58

"We don't need no stinking 20 cent cantaloupes! We want to pay 75 cents!"

5 posted on 11/14/2006 7:41:47 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democracy: The worst form of government, except for all the others.)
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To: Graybeard58

So...senor Garcia....tell us how much a rural farmer is getting for his cantaloupe.


6 posted on 11/14/2006 7:42:12 PM PST by Jrabbit (Scuse me??)
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To: Graybeard58

What about the consumers?

Just perhaps with their money going further they can have a higher standard of living.


7 posted on 11/14/2006 7:44:59 PM PST by DB
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To: Graybeard58; Mrs.Nooseman; Diana in Wisconsin; bfree; CSM; metesky; wanderin; sitetest; ...

WalMart Ping.

Criminy.........it never stops.

Threefer day - folks - sorry about all the pings.


8 posted on 11/14/2006 7:55:25 PM PST by Gabz (If we weren't crazy, we'd just all go insane.)
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To: DB

"Just perhaps with their money going further they can have a higher standard of living."


Uh, oh! Common sense alert! If you love common sense, why don't you marry it?

:)


9 posted on 11/14/2006 7:58:38 PM PST by sagar
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To: Gabz

Free enterprise unhampered by a corrupt government is the long term answer to Mexico's economic chaos

With more jobs in Mexico maybe the illegals will have less of an urge to flee north.

But I'm dreaming aren't I?


10 posted on 11/14/2006 8:01:20 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58
"With more jobs in Mexico maybe the illegals will have less of an urge to flee north. "

Actually that is counter productive to what benefits the government. It pays them better if they have their people take their personal situations here.

That way the government has no need to house, educate, feed, or give them health care. We will do it for free.

Additionally a large part of the criminal element will come here too. We will give them food, housing, and health care. Then they will either end up in our jails or killed.

Either way it is cheaper on the Mexican government. Soon to be made easier when they are all given amnesty. Heck then they will even get social security benefits they did not pay for.
11 posted on 11/14/2006 8:21:29 PM PST by JSteff
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To: Graybeard58

12 posted on 11/14/2006 8:25:06 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Graybeard58
Maybe they were looking for that new energy drink. Saw this on Hannity & Colmes tonight. It is being made so the poor illegals crossing the border will have enough energy.
13 posted on 11/14/2006 8:25:10 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Graybeard58

Coming to us soon, thanks to union goons, communists, socialists, democrats, and all around buffoons.


14 posted on 11/14/2006 8:43:45 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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To: Graybeard58
Does this mean war between Mexico and China? Fire up the popcorn!
16 posted on 11/14/2006 9:01:29 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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bttt


17 posted on 11/14/2006 9:33:28 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

I was actually shocked at the number of Wal-Marts that I saw in Mexico. Usually they were on the same complex as a Sam's Club, Costco, Target and K-Mart. I was really amazed.....


18 posted on 11/15/2006 4:45:02 AM PST by CSM (Americans are getting more and more childish and looking for Big Mommy to take care of them.)
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To: MonroeDNA

Yep, the forces of "tolerance" somehow can't find it in themselves to tolerate where others shop.


19 posted on 11/15/2006 6:04:56 AM PST by LadyNavyVet
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To: Graybeard58
"If a cantaloupe costs 20 cents at a Wal-Mart, imagine how much the rural farmers are getting for this cantaloupe," Garcia said

Miyato please! If you're payin 20 cents for a cantalope don't complain about it.

20 posted on 11/16/2006 5:01:01 AM PST by Dosa26 (It is purpose that created us, that connects us, that pulls us, that guides us, that drives us)
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To: Graybeard58
......(Mexicans)accusing the U.S.-based retailer of selling low-cost goods at the expense of workers, farmers and public markets.

Funny, those are my sentiments of all the illegal Mexicans here in the U.S. raping our job market.

21 posted on 11/16/2006 5:18:14 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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