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Mexico leftists take city center in vote protest
Thousands of leftist protesters paralyzed the Mexican capital's business district on Monday to demand a vote recount in a presidential election they say was stolen from their candidate.
Launching a campaign of civil disobedience that raises the stakes in Mexico's political crisis, supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seized control overnight of a six-mile (10-km) stretch of the capital's elegant Reforma boulevard and the imposing Zocalo square.
The protest caused chaos on Monday, with huge traffic jams snarling main streets in an already congested city.
Originally posted by loam
Barely a peep in the MSM
Originally posted by Zeratul
It is not that big event, Sir Solomon you are exaggerating.
Election protests paralyze Mexico City
More than a million protesters clogged the streets of the Mexican capital Monday, pledging to remain until an electoral recount.
Led by losing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the estimated 1.5 million kept Mexico City at a relative standstill for the second day in a row, El Universal reported online.
Addressing those on hand, Lopez Obrador told his supporters they must "defend democracy" and force the recognition of "my triumph as president."
Originally posted by Sir Solomon
I find this very scary in the fact that if more and more Mexicans feel that they are being "politically repressed" they could start asking for the US to help "give them back their rights".
Either that or would invigorate them more to try to either escape to the border or ask for asylum at the US (or another nation's) embassy.
I also have to wonder if this keeps going, could we see a coup d'tat in the works?
[edit on 7/31/2006 by Sir Solomon]
Women Seize TV Station in Oaxaca, Mexico
About 500 women banging spoons against pots and pans seized a state-run television station and broadcast a homemade video Wednesday that showed police kicking protesters out of Oaxaca's main square last month.
The women took control of Oaxaca's Channel 9 station Tuesday and held employees for about six hours before releasing them. It was unclear how long the siege would last and police were nowhere to be seen near the station Wednesday.
The standoff is the latest by demonstrators who accuse Gov. Ulises Ruiz of rigging his 2004 election victory and violently repressing opposition groups.
It was unclear how long the siege would last and police were nowhere to be seen near the station Wednesday.
Its difficult to say a possible wwiii scenario is less important and pressing than a disputed election in mexico.
Mexico leftist claims election recount proves fraud
Mexico's opposition leader said on Friday a partial recount of votes from the presidential election he narrowly lost has shown so many errors that the top electoral court will have to declare him president-elect...
Lopez Obrador's supporters have crippled central Mexico City for the past 12 days by setting up camps in the Zocalo and on the main boulevard that runs through its business district.
Their campaign also has included blockading the stock market building, the headquarters of international banks and government offices, as well as throwing open highway toll gates. They blocked access to Mexico's main tax office on Friday.
Maybe I am, but you do have to admit that if there had been protests in the US back in 2000 (or 2004) on this scale, people would be frightened elsewhere in the world at what could happen.
Originally posted by SevenThunders
This is fairly typical of the far left. When they can't win elections they attempt to seize power by force. I guess they just weren't as smart as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, who cleverly managed to get his rigged voting machines in place for his reelection campaign. The thing to look here are the exit polls. If they differ strongly from the results (as they did in our 2004 election and in the Chavez election), one must suspect tampering.