In Photos: Police torture, Stormtroopers and the next Mexican Revolution
Coyoacan is a sleepy (at least for Mexico City), leafy and green middle class suburb in the south of Distrito Federal, home to many of the capitalâ€™s intellectuals and politicians. It is also where the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM – one of the largest and most important universities in Mexico – has its biggest campus.
Strolling along one its main drags – Avenida Mexico – is some of DFâ€™s graffiti.
The above stencil says: â€œThey torture you at home,â€ and depicts a federal police officer holding his shield. The visual gag is a play
on pizza and fastfood delivery services that offer home delivery and
services: â€œServicio a domicilio.â€
Below, the image of a Starwars Stoomtrooper is underlined by the initials of
Mexico President Felipe Calderonâ€™s party – Partido de Accion Nacional.
My interpretation? That the PAN, to dissenters in Mexico, signifies the new empire.
Finally, the legendary revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in Mexicoâ€™s 1910 Revolution, is depicted in this wall-stencil. Beneath him, it says: â€œWeâ€™ll see each other in 2010.â€
The 1910 Revolution in Mexico overthrew the then-president and dictator Porfirio Diaz.
A hundred years earlier, the 1810 Revolution saw Mexico win independence from its conquistadors, the Spanish (that war is also known as the Mexican War of Independence).
It appears revolutions happen in Mexico every hundred years.
This image predicts the next one.
â€“ Deborah Bonello in Mexico City
Image: Graffiti in Coyoacan, in the south of Mexico City. Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times