Yo soy 132.. why 132?
June 11, 2012 2:12 PM   Subscribe

Ths a new political movement in Mexico lead by university students called #YoSoy132. What exactly does their name signify?

I understand their demands and what they stand for but what's the backstory to the name?
posted by xicana63 to Society & Culture (4 answers total)
Peña Nieto and many of his campaign staffers said this incident was staged by the leftist party candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and that the participants were not real students or that they had been paid (porros—as they are colloquially referred to.) This angered many of the Ibero-American University students, prompting 131 of those who participated in the protest to publish a video on YouTube in which they identify themselves using their University's ID card.[7] The video went viral, and protests spread across various campuses. People showed their support of the 131 students' message by stating, mainly on Twitter, that they were the 132nd student—"I am 132"—giving birth to the Yo Soy 132 movement.
posted by phunniemee at 2:16 PM on June 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

El Wikipedia dice: The slogan "Yo soy 132" originated in an expression of solidarity with the protest's initiators. When people began tweeting I'm the 132nd student, the phrase yo soy 132 was coined. The 'hash' in the name #Yosoy132 emphasize this Twitter phenomena as the hashtag #Yosoy132 was a world-wide TT for many days. The phrase draws inspiration from the occupy movement and its slogan We are the 99%.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:17 PM on June 11, 2012

Wikipedia has the information you need.

"I am 132 or #I am 132 ("#Yo Soy 132") is an ongoing Mexican protest movement centered around the democratization of the country and its media. It began as a protest on May 11th, 2012 (11M) led by 131 college students at Ibero-American University..."

Basically, it's saying "I am Number 132," standing with the first 131.
posted by SNWidget at 2:17 PM on June 11, 2012

Thanks for your help!
posted by xicana63 at 2:18 PM on June 11, 2012

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