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Superbarrio
Superbarrio has been fighting the fight for years. This photo of the caped crusader with politician Cuauhtemoc Cardenas was taken in 1995.

Superbarrio has been fighting the fight for years. This photo of the caped crusader with politician Cuauhtemoc Cardenas was taken in 1995.

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Marco Rascón Córdova, known also as real-life superhero Superbarrio, is an advocate for tenant rights and for the rights of families in low-income neighborhoods, as well as labor rights for Mexican workers. Superbarrio's costume, like his rhetoric, is attention grabbing: It's based on the masked hero character El Santo (the Saint) seen in old Spanish-language wrestling movies, and includes not only a red mask and leotard and yellow cape, but also a pair of gold shorts.

Once a high school dropout, this caped vigilante has become part of the fabric of Mexico and a symbol of protest in Mexican politics in the last two decades.

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