Margarita Zavala, the wife of President Calderón, and family members welcomed with great fanfare the 74 Mexican tourists returning on a special AeroMexico flight from China. The Boeing 777 left Mexico Monday and made stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, and Hong Kong to rescue the Mexicans who had been held in a quarantine decreed by the Chinese government on April 30th. According to El Universal:
At a press conference, five of the Mexicans told of their experiences and most agreed [in their descriptions of] the extreme measures enacted by Chinese authorities, for the mere fact of being Mexican. [Returnee] Mirna Berlanga said they were the object of discrimination and maltreatement, humiliations, even though they showed no symptoms of the illness. They were held in rooms in poor conditions.
The Foreign Ministry has protested the treatment of Mexicans by Chinese authorities. However, as the Templo Mayor column noted:
The traditional prudence of Chancellor Patricia Espinosa is causing annoyance in Los Pinos. It’s known that inside the President’s team there is disagreement with her, since they think she lacked firmness in her posture towards governments that are discriminating against Mexicans, as in the case of China.
(also: Reforma 5/6)