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What began as a teacher's strike in May has become a continuing battle for control of Oaxaca's streets as protesters have occupied the central plaza for five months, building barricades, seizing radio and television stations, driving out police and burning buses.
Teachers began protesting for higher pay and better working conditions. But after police attacked one of their demonstrations in June, the teachers extended their demands to include a call for the resignation of Ruiz and were joined by leftists, students and Indian groups.
The protesters accuse the governor of rigging the 2004 election.
Friday's clashes came a day after teachers agreed to end their strike, which has kept 1.3 million children out of classes across the state. The move had been expected to take the sting out of the protests.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- The Mexican Congress has called on the embattled governor of Oaxaca state to step aside in a bid to restore order after five months of often violent protests that have paralyzed the state's capital city.
Both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies approved the resolution asking for the resignation of Gov. Ulises Ruiz, who has steadfastly refused to yield to demands by demonstrators that he step aside. The Senate vote was unanimous.
Over the weekend, President Vicente Fox sent federal troops into Oaxaca, in an effort to end the violence.
His action came after three people -- including American documentary filmmaker Bradley Will -- were killed Friday when plainclothes gunmen opened fire on a blockade set up by demonstrators.
Citizens take part in a march in favour of Governor of Oaxaca Ulises Ruiz in Oaxaca City October 31, 2006. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar (MEXICO)
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