xicans may be poised to elect a leftist after decades, and throw out the ruling class in Sunday's presidential vote. But in the remote countryside of Michoacan state, some are so fed up with Mexican politics, they're going to great lengths to make sure their community doesn't vote.
Reuters reporter, David Alire Garcia is in Zirahuen in Michoacan, in southwestern Mexico.>> Behind me, you can see one of five-highway blockades that have been set up by members of local indigenous Budapeca communities here in this area. In both directions, there are cars, and trucks, and buses that are stopped and can't get by.
The community members here are determined to stop the arrival of ballots, and the setting up of polling stations ahead of national elections here in Mexico on Sunday.>> While Reuters was at the blockade, young indigenous men walked by stalled cars, telling drivers that if they wanted to eventually pass, they must remove any visible campaign signs or stickers.
The mostly poor native residents say they are strongly rejecting the electoral process, because past governments have been indifferent to their problems.>> Indigenous communities here have a range of complaints, from disputes over budgets for local communities to long-standing complaints about marginalization and discrimination they say they face. Fundamentally, many here see democracy in distant state and federal governments as failures, and instead are clamoring for more local autonomy.
> During the last Presidential election six years ago, only the municipality of Cheran opted out of voting.
This year, 16 towns spread across seven municipalities will not be participating in Sunday's vote