"Leftist" protests spread in Mexico

Published on Sunday, August 13, 2006 by Reuters
In Mexico, Leftists’ [sic] Poll Protests Spread
by Kieran Murray

MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of leftists, claiming fraud in Mexico’s presidential election, spread their protests out from the capital on Saturday by occupying major highways to stop the government from collecting toll fees.

It was an escalation of protests that have so far centered on Mexico City, and organizers vowed even more in coming days.

“We have to toughen up the campaign. It is going to be spread across the country because this is a national problem,” said Gerardo Fernandez, a spokesman for the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution.

Activists swung open toll barriers for a couple of hours on several main highways serving Mexico’s three biggest cities — Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Also hit were highways to the Pacific coast beach resort of Acapulco and Nuevo Laredo on the U.S. border.

Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador narrowly lost the July 2 presidential election but claims he was robbed by fraud and is demanding that all 41 million votes be recounted.

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