Monday, July 31, 2006

Protestors seek to shut down Mexico City over election fraud

Supporters of Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador camped out in the heart of Mexico City causing traffic chaos to protest alledged election fraud.

The protestors blocked Zocalo square opposite the presidential palace and may stay there for a few weeks until courts decide on the legitimacy of the presidential poll.

Supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shout slogans against Felipe Calderon, of the National Action Party, PAN, and possible winner of the July 2 presidential elections, in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, July 24, 2006.
Supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the outcome of the July 2 presidential elections, in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, July 24, 2006. Nearly 100 people gathered in front of Mexico's Stock Exchange Market demanding a ballot by ballot recount of the last July 2 elections. AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini via Yahoo News.

Lopez Obrador himself spent the night at the square and vowed to live at one of the protest sites along with his supporters.

Financial markets shuddered over the impending protests with stocks, bonds and currency all heading downward.


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