#1DMx UPDATE: Anarchist Protesters Say They Were Paid Off & Video Captures Brutal Police Acts

As more and more content is being shared online about #1DMx, a demonstration against Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, reports from Reforma, Proceso, and La Jornada are beginning to present a fuller account of what is rapidly becoming a tragic weekend in Mexico.

The #YoSoy132 movement had claimed that the protesters who committed acts of vandalism and violence were not representing the student movement, which had been promoting peaceful demonstrations. Apparently their claims were confirmed, as reports from Mexico say that members of the Youth Union of the Mexican Revolution told police that that were give 300 pesos each to show up at 7 am at San Lázaro subway station the morning of December 1. The Reforma report described the members as part of an anarchist organization. The members did not say who had contracted them or paid them.

La Jornada also reported about the following video, which shows police use rubber bullets and tear gas grenades against the protesters. It also shows civilians walking with police behind a fence, raising more speculation that police had sent infiltrators into the demonstrations. Here is the 6-minute video, which according to La Jornada, was uploaded by canalseisdejulio. All this is significant since, according to La Jornada, a police spokesperson said on Saturday that rubber bullets were not used against protesters.

Disturbing Videos of Police Actions During #1DMx Go Viral on Social Media

The #1DMx protests against Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) have countless of stories being shared via Twitter and Facebook. One tweet from @epigmenioibarra (a Mexican telenovela producer with over 100K Twitter followers) has garnered attention and is beginning to go viral. It should be noted that Ibarra has already been criticized by many for his acts during the student protests against EPN, yet when you have over 100K Twitter followers, you will get noticed, since in the end Twitter doesn't take the time to examine context. It just goes and moves.

The original tweet came from @soybarbarella.

Here is the video that is now being shared quickly. It shows a young man who identifies himself as Uriel Polo. He is seen behind a circle of police, bleeding. After shouting "Hasta la victoria siempre," the young man appears to faint as a police officer tells the person filming the scene that an ambulance is on its way. The video ends with the young man in the back of a police car.

As with most videos that are being uploaded at an amazing clip, very little information is shared about the story of this video. That is just one of the issues when it comes to social media reporting. Many outlets have not begun to cover the story behind this video, but we would expect that they will eventually. In the meantime, #UrielPolo has already been initiated on Twitter.

YoSoy132Media has already reported that YoSoy132's legal group has already made contact with Polo and confirmed that he is being treated for his injuries. In the meantime, there will be a press conference today about new developments regarding those protesters who have been detained. You can find more updates here.

Yesterday on Facebook, another video, which has gotten over 10,000 shares and continues to spread, shows an unidentified man being grabbed by police. The original poster of the video does little to identify the story behind this video, but apparently that doesn't matter to the people who have shared it all over the Internet.

Prof. John Ackerman Tells CNN: Peña Nieto Is Just Part of the “Old Guard”

In case you missed it, Professor John Ackerman appeared last week on CNN to discuss Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's newest president. Ackerman is a professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He pens columns for Mexico's Proceso magazine and La Jornada newspaper, and is also editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review. His writings and commentary about Mexican politics have appeared in several global outlets, including Foreign Policy, the HuffPost, and the Guardian.

In the following CNN appearance, Ackerman makes his case as to why Peña Nieto is not good for Mexico.

Ackerman has been a consistent observer and critic of Mexico's current political system, and he is also quick to point out what Peña Nieto's presidency could mean to an Obama administration. As he states in this recent HuffPost column: 

65% of the over 50 million Latinos who live and work in the United States are of Mexican origin. But President Barack Obama's embrace of Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, in their meeting this Tuesday, November 27th in Washington, DC is the wrong way for him to appeal to this growing sector of the electorate. Peña Nieto hails from the old guard Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI) which ruled the country for 71 years and represents the worst of Mexico's authoritarian past. By cozying up to this new face of reaction in the region, Obama sends a clear message that his Latin America policy will be equally as shortsighted in his second term as it was during his first. It also estranges the millions of Latino voters who were forced to leave Mexico because of the gross economic mismanagement and authoritarian politics of Peña Nieto's predecessors from the PRI.