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Massive demonstration calls for recount in Mexican election

by Debbie Jack in Mexico City
Issue No. 2009

A demonstration of 1.5 to 2 million people took place in Mexico on Sunday - the biggest in Mexican political history. Mexico City's zocalo (main square) was already full at 9am as the march was setting off from the other side of town. It was impossibe to get within a mile of the zocalo due to the masses of people.

The protest follows the disputed result of the presidential election on 2 July when Lopez Obrador, who is widely seen as a champion of the poor was narrowly defeated. Activists believe that serious electoral fraud occurred with thousands of votes “going missing”

Obrador, of the PRD (Democratic Revolutionary Party), called this assembly to annouce the beginning of a peaceful civil movement and called another march for two weeks on Sunday. He wants the size to be doubled. The assembly is demanding a vote by vote recount.

People came to the demonstration from more than 300 districts all across Mexico, from Chiapas to Sonora. The protest was predominantley working class, but was joined by writers, academics, singers and activists from the 1960s.

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Sat 15 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2009
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