Mexican leader Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador will visit El Paso to speak in Downtown on Monday, March 6 at San Jacinto Plaza.
The populist office holder and activist is visiting El Paso as part of a multi-city tour to express solidarity with the millions of Mexicans living in the United States.
Via a news release, officials with López Obrador’s tour say, “His presence is an act of solidarity with the intent of motivating Mexicans to fight for their human rights, their right to work and their right to live for peaceful lives. At the same time, it is an invitation to the United States to be generous with our people who are at risk of losing their right to stay in a country where they have developed their lives and those of their children.”
“We are convinced that human nature is common for all people, no matter their country of origin, the color of their skin or their beliefs. We want people to know that they are not alone in this time of fear and that is an obligation of the United States of America to respect every person who works honestly to make a living to support their families that still live in Mexico,” officials added.
From 2000 to 2005, López Obrador held the position of Head of Government of the Federal District – a title and position similar to a mayor of Mexico City and the Federal District that surrounds it – before resigning in July 2005 to run in the 2006 Mexican presidential election; representing a coalition of the PRD, Labor Party and Citizens’ Movement.
He currently is the leader of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA).
“We live in two different countries, but we are ONE nation and we share the same culture, language and history. We want people to know that they are not alone in their fight,” López Obrador adds.
López Obrador will speak starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6th at San Jacinto Plaza. Officials say the event is open to the public and to anyone who wants to express their solidarity.