By Daniel Gutiérrez
On Thursday, March 6th, the Sanford Consortium hosted an event in celebration of NAFTA’s 20th anniversary. The event, entitled, Mexico Moving Forward: 20 Years of NAFTA and Beyond, was put together by the Center for US-Mexico Studies, a policy research institute at UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.
However, outside of the Sanford Consortium, dozens of students and activists assembled to protest the event.
Protesters conducted a silent march from UCSD to the Sanford Consortium. All wore black and dawned masks or bandannas to reveal only the eyes. Anarchists flags were plenty. Banners read “EZLN” (Ejército Zapatista Liberación Nacional — Zapatista National Liberation Army) and “Ya basta! Para todos, todo” (Enough! Everything for everyone). Marching silently and two-by-two, the protestors lined up along North Torrey Pines Road and stood along the entrance. Protestors remained completely silent.