May Day! May Day!

Just kidding. May Day in Mexico is dedicated to workers. It’s kind of like our Labor Day. Except in the United States labor gets to go to the beach, the mountains, or their couch, they don’t have to turn out in a march, as they do here. CROC, the main union for the hospitality industry, dresses them up in matching white T shirts and marches them past city hall. Our workers are pretty docile about screwing up their holiday, unlike in the state of Querétaro over on the mainland, where the governor had to flee off the stage at their Labor Day event. He and other dignitaries fled when unhappy teachers, civil servants, garbage collectors, and assorted civil organizations used the occasion to express their dissatisfaction with the authorities.

Governor Francisco Domínguez and his cabinet fled when the protest began at the annual Labor Day parade, which delayed the event for two hours.

The first group to make their feelings known was the STSPE, a union of government workers, whose members began yelling insults at the governor, including the controversial soccer fans’ cry, “Eeeeeh, puto!” We won’t translate that for you because it’s not nice.

Next, the crowd began throwing icky things at the stage and yelling, “Out, out!” That’s when the governor and fellow dignitaries made a quick exit, leaving their places up on the dais to be filled by the dissident marchers.

Municipal garbage workers protesting the privatizing of the service while teachers expressed their opposition to education reforms and the dismissal of teachers who had failed their evaluation tests.

Governor Domínguez popped up the next day to tell a press conference that he had instructed his cabinet members to open a dialogue with those workers who had legitimate demands. Would that include the teachers who couldn’t pass a competency test? How are they going to deal with them? They obviously would rather riot than study and take the exam again.

Here’s our question: Why do protestors protest for special breaks for themselves, instead of channeling their energy into getting better and more transparent government?

Here’s our answer, which may or may not be correct: Because they see the system as so rigged against them, that they think their best shot is not to fix that system, but to game the existing crooked system to their advantage.