Why Mexico wants a cry for silence, not a cry for independence
On September 16th 1810, a Catholic priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo gave the famous “Grito de Independencia,” a cry for independence from Dolores, which is a small town near Guanajuato, Mexico where he was from. This cry started the war against the Spaniards that lasted 11 years, ending on September 27, 1821.
The cry for independence has become a tradition in Mexico where thousands gather around the National Palace at El Zócalo in Mexico City, which is one of the largest public plazas in the world. During the tradition the president of Mexico recites the following to the crowd and they respond “Viva” or “Vivan.”
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria!
¡Viva Josefa Ortíz de Dominguez!
¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros!
¡Viva la Independencia Nacional!
¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!
Long live the heroes that gave us the Fatherland!
Long live Hidalgo!
Long live Morelos!
Long live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez!
Long live Allende!
Long live Aldama and Matamoros!
Long live National Independence!
Long Live Mexico! Long Live Mexico! Long Live Mexico!
But this year, the people of Mexico might not celebrate the tradition.
People are asking what is there to celebrate in a country that’s full of corruption and submerged in repression, violence, and impunity.
Recent events, like the disappearance of the 43 students in Ayotzinapa, who were allegedly kidnapped, killed, and burned by drug cartel member with the help of the government, the escape of the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman from a maximum-security prison, the devaluation of the Mexican Peso against the U.S. Dollar, are a few of the reasons why the people of Mexico have voiced their anger.
On social media, people are using the hashtag #NoAlGrito which translates to “no to the cry.”
They want to turn their backs on the government just as the government has turned their backs on them. They want their silence to speak louder than their words. They want to show that they are not content with the way the Mexican government is handling things. They want the government officials to know that the people have nothing to celebrate. They don’t want to applaud a government that hasn’t given them anything that calls for applause. They want this September 16th to be a cry for silence and for everything that the people have lost.