Mexico is afraid of a social outburst: Lila Downs

Yet, the singer has hope that things will improve.
Downs is preparing a tour to Spain, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. (Photo: Archive/ EL UNIVERSAL)
03/07/2015
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Mexican singer Lila Downs believes that Mexico lives immersed in fear of a revolution, a social outburst against injustice, and that same fear led the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to have a few good results in the past elections.

"I would like to know what is going on, I heard a few stories in the elections that I couldn't believe, but I also understand that society is about to explode. The fear for many is a revolution and I think many people don't want that to happen," expressed the singer.

Thus, despite social discontent and the protests in the weeks prior to the elections of June 7, finally everything went relatively smoothly since Mexicans "do not want a war," explained the singer born in Oaxaca in 1968.

Although the results at the polls gave the victory to the ruling PRI, there are many disgruntled Mexicans who are thinking on the "next steps to take," she said.

However, "there is a lot of confusion, many doubts about what is happening in the institutions," expressed the singer.

A believer in the social role of music, the last album by Downs, "Bullets and Chocolate," is full of subjects like the murder of journalists or the 43 young Ayotzinapa students missing for the last nine months, as well as messages of hope and warnings of chaos.

"Even so, I believe that things will improve," expressed Downs, who recalled that after the election of President Vicente Fox (2000-2006) "there were many things that could not be said in media about the representatives and the senators and now are coming to light".

Downs gave an interview before starting an international tour that will take her to Spain, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador, among other countries, and then to Canada, to participate in the inauguration of the Pan American Games in Toronto (Canada).

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