Mexico leftists occupy capital
Date: Monday, July 31 2006
Mexico leftists occupy capital in election protest
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fiery leftist who says he was robbed of victory in Mexico's presidential election set up protest camps to paralyze the heart of the capital on Sunday after hundreds of thousands of people marched to demand a vote recount.
JUL 26, 2006
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would join supporters in living day and night at the camps in the Zocalo square and on main roads running through the city center until Mexico's electoral court orders and completes a recount of every vote.
The protest could last for weeks and cripple key areas of the capital, including its financial district and the elegant Reforma boulevard that houses the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters of banks and major companies.
It marks the start of a promised campaign of civil disobedience to protest alleged fraud in the July 2 election.
"This goes much further than them recognizing my victory as president," Lopez Obrador told supporters at the end of a huge march. "The fundamental thing is that we have democracy in our country."