Surprises

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
acta, mexico, tpp



Rewind: Mexico Surprises Everyone, Signs ACTA

from the hmm dept

Just yesterday we pointed out that reports coming out of Mexico suggested that ACTA was dead there and had no chance of being signed and ratified. And then, just hours later, the news comes out that Mexico's ambassador to Japan signed on to ACTA without anyone knowing about it. Bizarrely, that particular news report claims that in signing this agreement, Mexico joins with others, including the European Union. Yet, of course, as anyone who's been paying attention knows, the EU loudly rejected ACTA just last week.

Also, I'm a bit confused. One of the reasons that Mexico did not sign way back in October when many others signed, was that the legislature had also rejected ACTA, and reports had said that the executive branch had to get the Mexican Senate to ratify the agreement. So, to have a representative just suddenly up and sign ACTA seems... very, very strange. If they could just do that, why didn't they do it back in October with most other signatories?

To be honest, I'm now curious if this sudden surprise signature has anything to do with the US inviting Mexico to join in the TPP negotiations. It may be cynical, but Mexico has wanted in to TPP negotiations for a while and had been kept out. It seems entirely possible that a "deal" was struck, whereby Mexico would sign ACTA in exchange for getting in on TPP.

Of course, if you're the Mexican legislature, or a Mexican citizen who spoke out against ACTA (and there were many), it seems that your government just sold you out completely and signed what is otherwise a dead treaty. Bizarre.

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    Jay (profile), 12 Jul 2012 @ 10:10am

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    I believe it has to do with Pena Nieto being president. This is the same party that ruled for over 70 years with massive corruption going on. He has essentially bribed people in Mexico with food through grocery stores as well as had a 7 point marginal lead which is being recounted. Further, there's heavy collusion with the media for him to be the president.

    So imagine when Biden went down to Mexico during their elections to tell him about the ACTA as well as the TPP to continue the status quo.

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